Riding a Wave to a World Record (or two!)
Catching a wave is one thing, but imagine riding a single wave for over 17 kilometres. This is exactly what a team of Australian surfers have done, all in the name of a very important cause. James Cotton, Roger Gamble and Zig Van Sluys set out upon the Kampar River in Indonesia's Riau Province where the 'bono' tidal wave carried them to a world record for the longest wave surfed as a team - with a total of 37 kilometres tallied between the three. James Cotton, son of the late Dick Cotton - Human Variome Project founder, clocked up an incredible 17.2 km stretch, setting the individual world record of the longest wave surfed. The wave - which at certain points can reach to 3 meters high - must be seen to be believed, so we've included some photos to help paint the picture!
In addition to this remarkable effort, the three set themselves the ambitious task of raising $50,000 for the Human Variome Project, a cause close to their hearts, to help ensure that all information on genetic variation and its effect on human health can be collected, curated, interpreted and shared freely and openly. With the latest count at over $47,600 it is clear that nothing stands in the way of these determined individuals. The International Coordinating Office sends our heartiest congratulations and deepest thanks to the Team at World Record Surfing for a Cause - James, Roger and Zig - as well as all the sponsors, donators and supporters for their contribution to raising awareness and funds for the Human Variome Project.