Man, 89, wants to carry on surfing until he’s 100 years old

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An 89-year-old man – crowned the world’s oldest male surfer by the Guinness World Records – has vowed to keep riding the waves until he’s 100.

Seiichi Sano from Yokohama, Japan, climbed Mount Fiji when he was 80, but that wasn’t enough to quench his thirst for adventure.

Despite having no previous experience of surfing, he tried it out the same year and loved it.

On July 8, 2022 the company owner was recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest male surfer in the world.

Seiichi has no intention of giving up his new-found hobby anytime soon.

‘I think it would be interesting to try to surf until I’m 100,’ he said.

‘I don’t consider myself an old man. I have never thought of myself as an old person. I always feel that I can still move forward. I can still do it. I can still enjoy it.’

Seiichi said setting long-term goals and focusing on his physical activity has allowed him to take better care of himself.

Seiichi Sano has been out on the water since he turned 80 (Picture: AP)
He had no previous experience surfing before trying out the new hobby (Picture: AP)
seiichi sano surfer
He says he feels physically healthier after taking up the hobby (Picture: AP)
The 89-year-old was awarded a Guinness World Record in July 2022 (Picture: AP)

‘Even now, I take better care of myself than I did before,’ he said.

Seiichi spends most of his weekends travelling from his hometown of Yokohama to the beach in Enoshima.

He uses the surfing as a stress reliever from his job and does a stretching routine before going out into the water.

Seiichi joked about surfing in the delayed Tokyo Olympic Games, held just under two years ago.

‘I was hoping to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, not as a competitor but as an old-age demonstrator,’ he said.

He added: ‘People often say that surfing is life, itself. If I describe it in one word, I think it really applies to me right now.’

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