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Happy Australia Day 2012: The Havaianas Thong Challenge

Happy Australia Day 2012: The Havaianas Thong Challenge

Yesterday, January 26, marked Australia Day and it was a day we had been looking forward to since coming home from our RTW trip.

The two of us were determined to make 2012 the best Australia Day ever, however with the date approaching fast we had no plans in mind and things were starting to look grim. That was until we spotted this on the official Australia Facebook page.

Facebook Post Australia Page

The Havaianas Australia Day Thong Challenge!

An attempt at a world record for the longest line of inflatable airbeds on the ocean at one time. The airbeds of choice? Giant Havaianas inflatable thongs (or flip-flops for you North Americans!).

Plans sorted! On Australia Day morning we set off for Torquay in Victoria, collected our thongs and were part of a strong group of 1236 people who entered the water on their giant thongs.

Here’s a video from our day’s adventures:

Unfortunately Victoria came in third behind Western Australia with 2088 people (the new record holders!) and Bondi Beach but it was still an awesome day and everyone who participated had a brilliant time.

Despite both of us suffering from some pretty bad sunburn, we can safely say that this was the best Australia Day we’ve had yet!

12 Comments

  1. rob
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    OK. Total bait & switch with the title! I’m watching the video and wondering where the thongs are, when finally I recalled that thongs are footwear in Australia and the big yellow things are sandal-shaped rafts. Sigh. 🙂

  2. Mary
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Happy Australia Day. I remember that thongs in Australia are slippers. haha. Right?

  3. Posted January 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Haha yes – thongs are what we can flip-flops here in Australia.

  4. Posted January 28, 2012 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Yes, bait & switch for those of us in North America! And here I thought you Aussies had launched this great porno contest……

    • Posted January 28, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink

      Hmm… must check the Google Analytics report and see how much traffic this post receives from North America!

  5. Posted January 28, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    That looks like fun! I want one of those thong floaties.. Lol
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..Video: Zorbing in Rotorua

    • Posted January 28, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      I’m sure you’ll be able to order them online once you get back to the States… they definitely wouldn’t fit in your carry-on backpack haha.

  6. Posted January 28, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Oh that looks like SO much fun! We’ll be in Torquay for the first time in a few weeks, I can’t wait to see it and spend some time around Melbourne, we LOVE Victoria! Glad you had a great day, and yep, Aussie sun and sunburn are horrible huh!
    Ree @ Little Aussie recently posted..Australia’s Shameful Secret & Why Australia Day is Important

    • Posted January 28, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      It was great fun and we’re definitely thinking about going back next year. We’ve been so sunsmart on our trip but arrived in Torquay to cool and cloudy weather – it’s those unexpected days that really get you!

  7. Posted January 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Fun! I love random things like this in the summertime (last summer, for example, I participated in breaking the Guinness World Record for “the most people applying sunscreen at one time” at an amusement park).

    Hope you guys had a great Australia Day!
    Amanda recently posted..There’s More to Ottawa in Winter Than Just Frigid Weather

    • Posted January 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      Haha that’s fantastic! How many people attended that and did you break the world record?

      If only they combined your event and our event – the two of us probably wouldn’t be in a world of hurt right now!

  8. Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Jeez, they’ve got world records for everything now! Haha

    I was lucky enough to participate in a successful world record bid late last year when I participated in the world’s biggest zombie walk.
    Chris recently posted..And the winner is…

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