Barrenjoey Smashes World Record!

Barrenjoey High School

World Record Attempt

We Did It! (But yet to be confirmed by Guinness Book of World Records)

Barrenjoey High School is a local comprehensive school based at Avalon Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  We have a very strong community focus and aim to engender this in our students.

On March 16th, Barrenjoey High School set to break a World Record, with students laying more than 685 surfboards end to end within the school grounds. This type of event gives the students a community minded focus while ‘fostering pride’ in their school. 

We needed to lay over 685 boards, end to end, around the school.  The call went out during the day to Bring more Boards! And the community responded.  We smashed the World record by laying 880 boards.  Kylie Ferguson and Leeanne Kelly, from Northern Beaches Council were our Official Observors on the day.  Kylie said that she enjoyed the amazing atmosphere, “All the kids were buzzed, there was a carnival atmosphere.  Everyone was there to do one thing.  Smash the record!  They certainly did that.  Even the rain couldn’t put a dampener on it.”

The record is yet to be confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records, however in our mind we have done it.

‘Community focused’, because we will be raising both funds and awareness for the Disability Surfers Association (DSA) and ‘fostering pride’ through the entire Barrenjoey community joining forces in order to become successful!

DSA Photo from Jacqueline Andronicus jacquelineandronicus@gmail.com

DSA Photo from Jacqueline Andronicus

As part of this attempt, we sold raffle tickets to raise both funds and awareness for the Disabled Surfers Association which was established in 1986 by Gary Blaschke. Surfers with disabilities need help them get back into the water and many suffer from disabilities that the general public would not consider a disability; from asthmatics to joint injuries to paraplegic, many members have found friendship, support and have renewed their interest in surfing.

Happily Barrenjoey High School raised $5,500 for the Disabled Surfers Association.

We received strong support from local businesses in the form of providing prizes for our fundraising efforts.  “This fundraising helps to germinate in the minds of students a focus away from themselves and into the greater community in a fun and interesting way that directly relates to the environment we live in” said Mr Ian Bowsher, Principal.  

Our aim was to germinate in the minds of students a focus away from themselves and into the greater community in a fun and interesting way that directly relates to the environment we live in.

Thank you to special donators:

  • Mr Greg Webber, 5’10” Firewire brand, Kelly Slater/Webber Banana Model
  • Urge Footwear Gift Voucher
  • Beckenham Optometrist, Two pairs of designer Sunglasses
  • Breathing Space or Avalon Yoga Co-op voucher for 10 classes
  • Beach Without Sand Vouchers – value $25 each
  • Covet Jewels, personalised sterling silver keyring with an initial of the winner’s choice
  • AvSUP Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson for 6 people
  • Adrenalin Wetsuits wetsuit – The Hyperdry Sealed Ziperless Steamer
  • Adrenalin Skate premium skateboard – The Vert Canadian Maple ultra spec
  • Michael Frew – Apple TV!

Thank you to the whole community, students and staff.

Ian Bowsher

Principal