SANTA’s helpers swapped the sleigh for surfboards this morning to break the record for the world’s largest surfing lesson.
Bondi Beach was turned into a sea red and white as 320 locals donned the big man’s suit over bikinis and boardies before taking part in a 30 minute lesson from local surf school Let’s Go Surfing.
They easily secured the Guinness World Record, which they needed 250 surfers to break.
You couldn’t keep them on the sand for long though, as the gathered St Nicks took to the waves, making for one very impressive sight.
The event also raised money for mental health, with experience-based gift service RedBalloon - who organised the event - donating $10 for each of the 250 people needed to break to the record to local community support group One Wave.
One surfer out for her first ride was Gemma Kingsford-Smith, who found at out the event her great-uncle Charles was the first man to be saved by a lifesaver at Bondi.
Luckily she fared much better herself, saying the groups had drilled through surf skills like paddling and standing up before heading in.
“It was amazing, I’m still full of endorphins,” she said, “It was just a really nice thing to do, especially on a Tuesday morning with the weather this perfect. I kind of want to do surfing now.”
One Santa surfer having a cheeky moment. Picture: Cameron Richardson
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