Peruvian Surfer Cristobal de Col Sets New World Record and Carves One of the World’s Longest Waves 34 Times in a Single Run ISA World Surfing Games Junior Champion Cristobal de Col recently pushed through fatigue, mental pressure and a jellyfish plague to set a brand new world record by performing 34 carved turns on the longest wave in the world at the Red Bull Chicama Challenge.
Chicama, a surfer’s paradise located in the north of Peru, is known for its waves that run for over two minutes, earning its reputation as the longest left-hand wave in the world. Endearingly called by the locals as “Malpaso”, “Keys”, “The Point”, and “El Hombre,” locals claim to have achieved a single ride all the way from the top of the cape to the pier, for a distance of about 2.2 km, in 10 foot swells.
So there was no better place for the Red Bull Chicama Challenge, in which Peruvian surf star Cristobal, his team, and family spent two full days attempting to set a brand new world record for the most maneuvers performed on a single wave.
“All the while I was counting and my mind was only focused on that moment. When I reached 25, I really started to give it my all. I chose to do carved turns because it’s the maneuver that fits best to this type of inconsistent wave,” explained an exhausted Cristobal, who is now a happy world record holder.
Cristobal accomplished the feat on August 25th in 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
Check out this video where you’ll see Cristobal perform the 34 cutbacks he pulled off in Chicama. So awesome and congrats!