June 21st this year marks the Summer Solstice, otherwise known all over the world as the First Day of Summer.
The days are longer, and the weather warmer, making more room for pool parties, outdoor adventures, barbecues, ice cream, and beach day fun.
From incredibly large pool toys to gigantic pitchers of ice tea, check out this hot selection of records that truly highlight the spirit of the summer season.
Most swimming pools in a resort
There’s nothing like taking a break from the summer heat with a quick dip in the pool, but have you ever had the option of jumping into 643 different pools at a single venue? The Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson (Malaysia) has the record for the Most swimming pools in a resort, all of which exceed 1.5 m x 2 m in size with each villa at the resort boasting its own private swimming pool.
Largest inflatable pool toy
Just in time for the summer heat, AT&T recently kicked off the summer season in Los Angeles, California with a successful attempt at the title for Largest inflatable pool toy. Taking the shape of a gigantic light blue swan, the massive bird was created to kick off their annual summer pool party. Playfully nicknamed “Sally the Swan” the huge bird overlooked the shores of Hermosa Beach in California, where onlookers couldn’t help but take snaps and selfies. The super-sized blow-up toy measured a massive 21.49 x 16.58 x 15.33 m (70.52 x 50.31 x 54.41 ft) making it the perfect size for any huge summer celebration.
Most people bouncing beach tennis balls
A typical scene in the summer heat is children playing Beach tennis, a game combining elements of tennis and volleyball and played in the sand. But flip-flop manufacturers Havaianas in Argentina decided to take this game to the next level by attempting a mass participation record centred on the sport. In order to set a new record title, the game required all participants to bounce a small tennis ball for 10 seconds. With 342 volunteers, Havaianas managed to achieve this feat using beach tennis rackets which were designed to look like a classic thong sandal. The attempt took place at Playa Mariano in Mar del Plata, a popular summer beach town in the area with all proceeds raised from the event benefitting a local children’s hospital.
Largest collection of surfboards
Cowabunga! Donald Dettloff (USA) has 647 different surfboards, displayed around his property in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii, USA, that he has been collecting for over 15 years. His collection is widely known as the surfboard fence. He started creating the surfboard fence back in 1990 after wiring his boards to his outdoor wall to keep them from blowing away hearing a weather forecast warning of an incoming hurricane.
Pineapple is a tropical fruit that often accompanies a variety of summer drinks and smoothies. The heaviest one however, was picked at the end of November 2011 by amateur gardener Christine McCallum in Australia. It weighed a total of 8.28 kg (18 lb 4 oz) and measures 32 cm (12.5 in) long. It has a girth of 66 cm (25.9 in) and took two-and-a half years to grow in Christine’s garden in Bakewell, Australia.
Largest human air-bed (lilo-dominoes)
If you gather a hefty amount of friends at the beach- you can have a blast attempting this record! Last year Tropical (Spain) set the record for the largest human air-bed (lilo) dominoes, which consisted of 603 participants. All involved needed to properly collapse on the person in front of them sandwiched between air mattresses. Afterwards, the group celebrated with a party of on the beaches of Playa de Las Canteras. In total, it took 3 min 40 sec for the participants to topple.
Most consecutive backflips on an aquabike (jetski)
Jet skis are a popular summer activity for many beach goers, but Lee Stone (UK) might just take his riding skills to the next level. At the IJSBA 2014 World Jet Ski Finals, Lee attempted a record for the “World Back Flip Competition” in which top professional freestyle jetski riders competed to be in the final four for the Most consecutive flips on an aquabike. That year, with a roaring crowd and a lot of impressed onlookers, Lee managed to achieve 36; earning a record that has stood for the last three years.
Largest Hawaiian shirt
In March 1999, Hilo Hattie (USA), a retailer of Hawaiian fashions from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, created an aloha shirt with a chest measurement of 4.26m (14ft), a waist measurement of 3.5m (11ft 6in) and a neck measurement of 1.53m (5.05ft).
Largest glass of margarita
Now here is a jumbo-sized drink many enjoy when relaxing on a summer vacation. Margaritaville created the Largest glass of margarita for the grand opening of the Margaritaville Casino at The Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas in 2011. The tank measured 5.2 m (16 ft 11 in) tall and 3 m (10 ft) in diameter, with ingredients being 8,081.66 litres (1,777.72 gal, 2,134.95 US gal) of Margaritaville Gold tequila, 8,638.99 litres (1,900.31 gal, 2,282.18 US gal) of Margaritaville Margarita mix, 2,759.68 litres (607.04 gal, 729.03 US gal) of Margaritaville triple sec and 12,870.4 litres (2,831.09 gal, 3,400 US gal) of Lemon-x margarita mix. It took approximately 300 hours and 60 people to prepare the drink, appropriately named "Lucky Rita,”. The final gigantic drink had a volume of 32,176 litres (7,077.73 gal, 8,500 US gal).
Longest line of garden flamingos
Nothing says summer like a slew of pink flamingos! The record for the longest line of garden flamingos consisted of 1,058 flamingos, achieved by Pledge the Pink (USA), in Callawassie Island, South Carolina, USA, on 27 August 2016. This record was attempted to raise money and awareness for Pledge the Pink, an event that benefits the Norma Pfriem Breast Center. The 2016 fundraising campaign centred around pink flamingos, specifically asking supporters to “adopt a bird” to contribute to the longest line.