Survivor star and top surfer Felicity Palmateer calls on West Aussies to help beat Guinness World Record

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WA surfer and Survivor contestant Felicity Palmateer, will be one of the stars behind a guinness world record next month called boards up for cancer.
Camera IconWA surfer and Survivor contestant Felicity Palmateer, will be one of the stars behind a guinness world record next month called boards up for cancer. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

She’s more known for her feats on the water but surfer Felicity Palmateer is looking to break a world record using her board on land.

Palmateer, who has also starred on Survivor, is one of the faces behind a charity event next month that will raise money for cancer support charity Solaris.

The 29-year-old from Margaret River wants more than 800 West Aussies armed with their surfboards to join a mass lineup on February 19 for Boards up for Cancer.

Organisers are hoping to draw out a crowd big enough to stretch 2km from Scarborough to Trigg, where Palmateer grew up. If successful they will beat the Guinness World Record of 1.6km set in New York in 2016.

Palmateer will be joined by Hollywood stuntman and actor Nigel Harbach, who worked on films including Mad Max, Star Wars, The Matrix and Thor, and has survived two cancer battles.

The event will involve more than 800 people laying their surfboards across the beach for charity.
Camera IconThe event will involve more than 800 people laying their surfboards across the beach for charity. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Solaris Cancer Care is a cause close to Palmateer’s heart after her father Warrick was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.

“It was a no-brainer for me to want to be a part of it,” she said.

“My dad actually taught me to surf. He’ll definitely be down there and hopefully, be a part of the big board lineup.

“The beach and surfing are just a way of life in WA. It’s amazing to see the surf community come together and get behind such an amazing cause.

“I reckon we could smash it. I think we’re definitely going to get over 800 people, we’re going to break that record.”

Surfing WA chief executive officer Mark Lane, pictured at Trigg after it was announced the Margaret River Pro had secured its future in WA until 2021 under a new sponsorhip agreement with the State Government, through Tourism WA and the World Surf League. The agreement makes the event a fixture on the World Championship Tour for three years. 21 DECEMBER 2020 Picture: Danella Bevis The West Australian
Camera IconSurfing WA chief executive and former Solaris ambassador Mark Lane said he was looking forward to the record attempt. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Boards up for Cancer was founded by Ricky Robertson to support his friend Rhianne Miller when she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in 2018 at the age of 32.

Surfing WA chief executive and former Solaris ambassador Mark Lane said he was looking forward to the record attempt.

“Having used the Solaris services during my own cancer battle, I’m glad I can repay their support by helping with this event,” he said.

Tickets can be bought here.

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