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Longest journey by aquabike (jetski)

The longest ever journey on an aquabike (PWC) is 17,266.69 km (10,729 miles), by Adriaan Marais and Marinus du Plessis (both South Africa), who followed the west coast of North America south to the Panama Canal. They arrived in Panama City, Panama, after 95 days of navigation, on 19 September 2006. Using a satellite phone and a laptop computer they tote in a waterproof case, the men have updated a daily web diary at www.13000miles.com. They spent an averae of 10 hours a day at Continue reading →

Longest wave surfed (open water)

The longest distance wave surfed on open water was 43.1 mi (66.47 km) by Gary Saavedra (Panama) surfing on the Panama Canal in Panama City, Panama, on 19 March 2011. Saavedra followed a wave-creating boat in covering the distance for 3 hr 55 min 02 sec, also breaking a record for the longest time spent surfing a wave. Saavedra was the first person ever allowed by the Panama Canal Authority to surf the canal. Saavedra is a 13-time national surfing champion in Panama.

Rarest sloth

Confined entirely to Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a small island off the coast of Panama, the world´s rarest species of sloth is the pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus), scientifically described as a new species as recently as 2001. Critically endangered according to the IUCN, only approximately 300 specimens are thought to exist. They live exclusively in red mangrove trees.