Intrepid bassist surfs the waves while he slaps the bass

(Image credit: courtesy of Dan Sedgwick and Cassidy Guitars)

Here at Guitar World we struggle with patting our heads and rubbing our stomachs at the same time. So we were mightily impressed by this video of UK-based musician Jonny Rubin, a k a Dr. Funk, surfing while playing his bass guitar.

"I had to paddle with it on my back, but had been thinking all week about how I would swing it around and keep my balance while on the wave,” he told the BBC (opens in new tab).

"But the conditions were perfect and it all fitted into place."

#bassguitar #bassist #surfer @cassidyguitars @dr__funk_ #sunshine and #surf Dan Sedgwick (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @sedgwickdan on Oct 23, 2019 at 9:09am PDT

British builder Cassidy Guitars (opens in new tab) supplied Rubin with a new bass to achieve the surfing feat. He then had to seal the instrument using Vaseline and silicone. 

"I don't know if it will ever work again," Rubin said.

Whether or not it does, he’ll have the above killer pic, captured by photographer Dan Sedgwick, to marvel at for the rest of his days.

To check out Dr. Funk in action – both on the waves and also on the bass – head over to his official YouTube channel (opens in new tab).

As for what’s next? The BBC reports that Rubin plans to go stand-up paddle boarding, using the bass as a paddle. Let’s hope Mr Sedgwick has his camera ready. 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.