Quinton Rutherford has earned an official Guinness World Record for the longest ocean paddle; paddling 227 kilometres in 24 hours.
Durban, South Africa (19 November 2020) – South Africa’s Quinton Rutherford just broke New-Zealander Tim Taylor’s 2015 Guinness World Record for the longest ocean paddle in 24 hours. Quinton didn’t take on the challenge to beat New-Zealand (although that is always a bonus); he took on the challenge to honour the life of a friend and fellow ocean lover.
The record held by Tim was for a 214km ocean paddle in 24 hours; the new record held by Quinton saw him paddling 227km in 24 hours. He broke the record in the presence of Guinness World Record officials last week Friday which means his name will be printed in the 2021 copy of the official record book.
Quinton started his paddle at Cape Vidal near St Lucia on KZN’s north coast at 4.30 am and ended it at Thompson’s Bay in Ballito at around 10 pm the very same evening.
Quinton honoured the memory of his friend Mark Perrow who was a fellow surf-skier. Sadly Mark passed away in a light aircraft accident in March of 2020. He completed the record on Mark’s birthday and ended his paddle in the bay overlooked by Mark’s home.
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Quinton has been added to our list of 2020 achievers as well, you can see it here.