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89-year-old Japanese man becomes world’s oldest surfer

Age is indeed just a number when someone is determined to follow their passion or adopt a new habit. Resisting this sentence, an 89-year-old Japanese man has become the oldest man to hit the waves and surf.

Seiichi Sano, who turns 90 this year, reached Guinness World Records after surfing for less than 10 years, and he’s not ready to rest yet. Seiichi was 88 years and 288 days old when he was recorded and verified as the world’s oldest surfer by the record-keeping organization on July 8, 2022. Notably, that’s not the only feat he has made during his golden years. Seiichi also climbed Japan’s tallest mountain, Mount Fuji, when he was 80 years old.

Talking about his interest in surfing, Seiichi shared that he didn’t want to master the technique but just did it for fun. There are times when he just likes to sit on the board and take in the view.

“You do it for three days, then you take a break, and you do it again for three days, and so on. If you go into new things with a mindset that you don’t have to try forever, I think most people actually stick with it for a really long time,” he added.

He also expressed his wish to contribute to his hometown and influence more people by becoming a world record holder.

How did Seiichi Sano become a surfer at 80?

Born on September 23, 1933 in Hokkaido, Seiichi then moved to Tokyo where he studied and then worked at several odd jobs. He eventually started his own business, which took him most of his years.

After turning 80, Seiichi began trying new things in his life, including attempting to climb Mount Fuji. As soon as he accomplished that, he decided to give surfing a try and here he is in front of a beach with a surfboard and a wetsuit.

Since then, he has regularly surfed the waves, even during the cold winter months. “People tell me surfing is dangerous, but I’ve had way more scary moments in a car than on a surfboard!” he said.

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