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Surfers will make waves with record 'breaker' attempt...

By Amanda Ferguson

Surfers in Northern Ireland are hoping to make waves by breaking a Guinness World Record later this year.

Enthusiasts are being urged to sign up for a bid to smash the record for the most people standing on the same wave at the same time.

Carl Russell (32) runs Troggs Surf School in Portush, offering surf lessons and surf courses for all levels of participants – although surfers with some experience are needed for the upcoming record challenge.

"We need people from intermediate upwards," he said.

"They need to be pretty stable on the board. We will have soft boards on the day."

Carl explained he is currently ironing out the details of the unique event at Portrush's East Strand.

"We are aiming for the end of September," he said.

"It's a world record attempt for the most number of surfers on one wave at one time.

"We did it three years ago and are going to try again this year.

"We had about 80 surfers last time, but the record is 111."

Carl, who is originally from Jordanstown, has been running Troggs Surf School with Andy Hill for the last nine years.

In that time he has noticed an increased demand from the public to learn surfing – and it's not just men keen to take up the challenge.

The school regularly attracts hen parties keen to give surfing a go.

"There has been a definite increase in interest since we started," Carl said.

"The number of our lessons has increased each year.

"There has been a real growth in support for the sport in that time.

"We have seen an increase in the amount of girls taking lessons and we get a lot of hen parties too.

"Over the years the quality of wet suits has got better and the equipment too."

The increase in interest can, in part, be attributed to an increased profile for our homegrown surfers, including Big Wave surfer Al Mennie.

"There are lots of different competitive surfers like Al taking on big waves and part in events," Carl said.

This year's world record attempt will help to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

"Last time we raised £600 for RNLI and that was used for rescue boards," Carl said.

"We will be supporting the charity again this year."

For more information visit www.troggssurfschool.com/

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