Hundreds of Santas set record for world’s biggest surf lesson
A pack of 320 surfing Santas have embraced Christmas spirit in Australia and broken the world record for the largest surf lesson.
Guinness World Record confirmed to the BBC that the festive spectacle（节日壮观场面） at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Tuesday exceeded the target of 250 surfers.
The organisers say the record-breaking surf is also an attempt to raise awareness of mental health issues （看到这就想问下学冲浪和蛇精病有神马关系？）.
The event was kick-started（比喻正式开始） by a local retailer, surf school and surf charity.
RedBalloon, Let’s Go Surfing, and OneWave came together to hold the lesson, and rustled up （搞到，地道短语）hundreds of participants using social media.
OneWave spokesperson and mental health therapist, Joel Pilgrim told the BBC the surf charity started about three years as a way to bring the local community together and to break down the stigma（耻辱，污名） surrounding mental health issues（难道来参加的都是疯子么）.
He said the group holds weekly meetings – Fluro Fridays – where surfers dress up in outlandish （奇异古怪的）outfits.
“We’re giving people routine and purpose which is key in someone’s mental health recovery, and also engaging them in an activity that is quintessentially Australian,” he said. （原来大家都扮成圣诞老头一起high是可以帮助治愈蛇精病的！）
Mr Pilgrim said there were a few confused residents on Tuesday who were a bit angry to find their regular surf break bombarded with （被轰炸，地道短语）red-suited surfers.
This year the University of New South Wales studied how the OneWave surf program affected people living with severe mental illness – finding overall improvements in life, psychological growth, physical benefit, and social support networks.
The results are also reflected in a world-first pilot scheme in Biarritz, France – which prescribes surfing over medication for a range of illnesses, including depression.
Tuesday’s surf lesson participants seemed to agree that it was at the very least an enjoyable experience.
“It’s good, it’s awesome, a lot of people, a lot of fun, a lot of energy [it’s] exciting,” one surfing Santa said.