Three Waves a Day Since 1975!
Fifty-eight-year-old Northern California surfer Dale Webster has been riding at least three waves a day since 1975. That was the year a major swell hit the coast in September, and Dale surfed big, beautiful waves every day for a week, and then, “I just kept surfing, and after 85 days, my car broke down, so friends came and took me to the beach. They wanted to see me surf 100 days.”
After 120 days, he made the local paper, and then, on that fateful fifth Sunday of a leap-year February, hanging five and feeling some powerful resonance with the mystic words on a Rick Griffin poster (“… one Sunday morning …”), he saw his mission. It’s been a swelling litany of numbers ever since: 1,582 days on January 1, 1980; self-described “Surfer of a Decade” at 3,653 on September 2, 1985; almost a mile (at 5,233) on New Year’s day, 1990; day 8,887 on the first of the new millennium, and then day 10,407 on February 29, 2004 – the next time a fifth Sunday in February fell on the Christian Sabbath – with 28-1/2 years between. That’s the mark that stands in the Guinness Book of World Records, a mark not likely ever to be surpassed.
Now he’s passed 33 years and 12,054 consecutive days … and every day he breaks his old record.
Words by: Drew Kampion