Vancouver Island will soon be home to the Guinness World Record for longest river tube chain, thanks to the efforts of local tubers.
On Sunday afternoon, approximately 200 tubers gathered at Lake Cowichan to participate in local business Tube Shack’s bid to beat the current record and raise money for a sick Cowichan girl.
According to the Tube Shack’s owner, Aaron Frisby, the record was only narrowly beaten.
“It was a close call, we only beat it about 4 metres,” Frisby told Victoria Buzz. “We were so close we had to get staff in some tubes.”
“There were about 200 tubes, though we had some bigger tubes to help out. Someone had one of those massive inflatable swans.”
In total, the chain of inflatable tubes measured 219.6 metres, though a strong summer breeze made forming a straight line difficult to maintain.
“It was a bit hard to make a straight line. Because of the wind we had more of a horseshoe shape,” said Frisby.
Now that the event is over, the Tube Shack will send their photos, videos, and measurements to the Guinness World Records for certification.
Frisby estimates that the record will officially be Cowichan’s in approximately two months.
Meanwhile, the world record attempt also doubled as a fundraising event for three-year-old Charleigh Pollock, a local girl battling with Batten Disease.
In total, the tubers raised over $2,000 to support her and her family.
“Everyone was really enthusiastic about the river safe sunscreen we were providing and local people were out there encouraging the tubers,” said Frisby.
“We had three goals, breaking the record, raising money for a little girl, and bringing awareness to Cowichan River.”