April 22, 2013

Introducing The World Float: Your Chance To Set a WORLD RECORD!


Have you ever wanted to set a world record?

Go down in history with a gold star next to your name?

Do something crazy and fun that you’ll remember forever… or at least until your next world record?

This summer, you have a chance to do exactly that.

We have 3,000 people coming to town in July for the third-annual World Domination Summit. It’s our biggest group ever, and WDS is all about doing big things.

Last year we learned of an attempt to set a world record of the longest floating human chain. This record is currently held by a group of Italians, who achieved the record with more than 500 people in 2008.

Last year’s attempt to break the record was valiant (see the photos!), but alas—it fell short of the required numbers. That’s where we come in.


Most events at WDS aren’t open to anyone who doesn’t have a ticket, simply because there’s no space. This year we’ll be in the biggest theater in Portland and there’s still no space, with every seat sold out six months in advance.

But The World Float will be open to all! If you’re attending WDS 2013, or if you’ll be near Portland this July, you’re invited to join us on the Willamette river for The World Float!

Wondering how it works? Conveniently, we have answers.

On the morning of July 5, at least 600 of us will gather on the Eastbank Esplanade near the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland—about half a mile from downtown.

This is a non-profit event with a minimal cost ($20) for materials. All participants will receive a FREE commemorative inner tube (what you’ll be floating in) and life jacket (to save your life if you fall off!).

There are a few simple requirements, which you can read about on the signup page. If you don’t know how to swim or aren’t comfortable with being on the open water, for safety reasons we’ll need you to sit this one out.

Otherwise, this is open to all WDS 2013 attendees as well as anyone who will be in Portland this summer. If you’re planning a road trip around the 4th of July holiday, feel free to join us for this massive undertaking!

Big thanks to Tyler for coordinating this from our team, and to Will for organizing much of the local side of things.

We need at least 600 people to break the record on July 5th. Will you be one of them?

–>Sign up to make history!

We can’t do it without you.

Comments here.


Images: Oregonian

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32 Responses to “Introducing The World Float: Your Chance To Set a WORLD RECORD!”

  1. Awesome, I’m so in! Perhaps we’ll even be lucky enough to have a sunny day… ;)

  2. This is the most ridiculous world record attempt I’ve ever have the chance to participate in. I’m there! :)

  3. Awesome. Sounds ridiculous, but that’s what it’s all about! Count me in!

  4. Totally ridiculous and awesome. Just signed up, see you in the water.

    P.S. I’m afraid of alligators.

  5. If only there was a WDS commemorative swimsuit, too.

  6. Sounds fun – wish I could be there, but I’ll be celebrating and doing some floating in the Gulf of Mexico that day. Good luck!

  7. I would love to do this, but unfortunately I cannot swim. :-( However, it is on my list of things to learn, so if I learn before then, I would be happy to join you. :-)

  8. Andrea—check out the link to Will in the article. He can definitely help you with that!

  9. So excited to find out that the world record attempt is such a fun and silly one! Can’t wait!

  10. April 22, 2013

    Avishai Moscovich

    Were so in…

  11. Tyler – thank you! Oh my gosh. Such great suits from Popina!

    P.S. Trying on bathing suits virtually much better experience than harsh department store dressing rooms!

  12. QUESTION! Totally want to do this, but we arrive at PDX at 8:30 on Friday. At what time is the actual count going to take place? :-) Will we make it in time?

  13. ANSWER!

    I’m not 100% sure yet. PDX arrival at 8:30 *might* be OK. Someone else asked about 10:30 arrival — that would *not* be OK.

  14. BRILLIANT! I’ll be there.

  15. This is great fun! I’ll be there. LOVE open water…although with at least 600 people…we’ll be making a small island. Wonder-FULL idea.

  16. Can’t swim. Like, at all.

  17. Oh no! I’m not going to be in until later in the day! Good luck breaking the record, and if there needs to be a re-do on July 6, I’m in!

  18. human float-a-pede hahah =)

  19. Awesome event, including the inner tube deal! Would definitely join if I lived near Portland…

  20. I’m in. Can’t wait!

  21. This sounds hilarious! Unfortunately I’m not anywhere close to Portland but I look forward to seeing the pictures!

  22. April 23, 2013

    Mel Nunya

    I think Pittsburgh blew that Record out of the water (pun intended) in 2011 with 1,619 floaters: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/pittsburgh-boaters-float-to-a-world-record-291891/

    Same thing, or attempt at a different record?

  23. @Mel,

    Different record … that one is for boats. Ours is for people. :)

  24. This sounds absolutely awesome. And if I can get to Portland Friday Morning, I am In :)

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  26. I will definitely participate in this wonderful event.

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