Covering a total distance of 20.65 Km (or 12.8 miles) in 1 hour and 4 minutes, UK’s Steve King broke the Longest, Continuous Bore-ride World Record on the Bono of the Kampar River, in the Riau province of Sumatra.
With this, Steve beat his own previous surf Guinness World Record of 12.23 Km (or 7.6 miles) plus 2.66 Km (1.65 miles) which he covered in 1 hour and 6 minutes, made on the Severn River bore, in England in 2006.
The latest record breaking action occurred on 10th to 13th February 2013 where Steve King surfed with fellow surfers Steve Holmes (UK), Nathan Maurice (UK), Fabrice Colas (France), Dominique Avrilleau (France), and Christopher Caravino (Hawaii) on the Kampar. In this attempt, the 46 years old surfer who has been riding the waves from the age of seven, also showcased acrobatic actions by standing upside down on the surfboard.
During a press conference held at the Transit Hotel of the Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta on 15th February 2013, Steve admitted that conquering the Bono tidal bore was no easy task. It requires a whole lot of energy and determination to keep his feet steady on the surfboard since the Bono tidal bore is both long and unpredictable.
The Kampar tidal waves, named Bono by the local population, occur regularly at highest tide in the Bay of Meranti, and were first “discovered” by French and Brazilian bore-riders, where they found a different sensation. Since then, many bore-ride enthusiasts have ventured to surf the Kampar barrels that are known by locals as the “seven ghosts”. The tide can reach a height of 4-6 meters with speeds reaching 40Km per hour.
During the record-breaking challenge, Steve’s actions were recorded by water-proof cameras on his arm, helmet and the tip of the surfboard. Footages will be submitted to the Guinness World of Records to confirm the record breaking process. To validate the exact time and distance covered, a special device will be used to determine the time, distance, and exact GPS location. The data will then be processed digitaly, before an official announcement is made.
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