Gloucestershire’s Steve King has set a new world record by riding a wave for 12.8 miles. The surf lasted for an eye watering 64 minutes!
Steve set his new record on the Bono tidal bore on the Kampar River in Sumatra, Indonesia. Steve was already the world record holder having surfed 7.6 miles on the Severn bore back in 2006.
“The waves go up to 25mph and reach 10ft so they are three times as big as on the Severn. We saw a couple of small crocodiles and that was scary because where there are babies you’re also going to find the mums. You certainly don’t see them in the Severn. Breaking the record is fantastic. I only stopped when the wave finished.” Steve King via Magicseaweed.com
Hats off to Steve, a gent of a man and one of the biggest characters that we met on The Endless Winter road trip. Check out the Severn Bore section of the film to see Steve in action – surfing backwards, dodging over hanging branches and head standing on his board – Hero!