357 bikini-clad women strutting through Surfers Paradise have bolstered the Gold Coast’s reputation for producing world-beaters.
Just days after the city welcomed athletes Sally Pearson and Sam Stosur home after incredible sporting feats, 357 women lined up to join yesterday’s Gold Coast Bikini Parade, smashing the standing world record.
Sponsored by the Surfers Paradise Alliance and the Gold Coast Bulletin, the parade needed to attract 332 bodies to beat the record set in the Cayman Islands last year.
Australian Guinness World Record adjudicator Chris Sheedy was on hand yesterday morning to declare the record attempt a success.
“Today, 361 girls walked through the counter but there had to be a few disqualifications because they were not wearing bikinis,” he said.
“Unfortunately for the Cayman Islands, they have had their record smashed because [officially] 357 walked through the count today.”
City councillor Susie Douglas said the event was a great way to show off the attractions of the Gold Coast.
“The Guinness Book of Records has a particularly reputable brand and that’s the sort of attention we need to attract,” she said.
“It shows off that we have beautiful beaches, we’ve got a great foreshore and got healthy young women and a sense of fun.”
The Cayman Islands are already planning another bid to reclaim the title later this year. [via The Telegraph (UK)]