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Video: 66 Surfers Ride Giant Surfboard To Set World Record
Huntington Beach, self-proclaimed "Surf City, USA," added to its surfing credentials by claiming at least one record today.
As hundreds watched from the beach on Saturday afternoon, 66 surfers rode a 42-foot long, 1,300-pound surfboard for, shattering the decade-old record of 47. In order to claim that record, says NBC 4, the riders had to ride the waves unassisted for at least 10 seconds. And no, none of the 66 had to paddle the board out themselves. They were towed.
The waves weren't ideal—some feared they were breaking too close to shore to get the required time. But thankfully, they did so with time to spare, and with nobody falling off. They officially came in at 12 seconds.
"This is a really great record," Guinness World Record adjudicator Michael Empric told the Orange County Register. "To see it done on such an epic scale is really exciting."
Empric says the Guinness World Record of world's largest surfboard will be decided in the coming days after analysis, but unofficially the board used today is longer than the current record holder, which checks in at 39 feet and 4 inches.
The man who built that last record-breaking surfboard, Nev Hyman, says he isn't sad to lose his claim to fame. "It's all about fun. Surfing is fun, here we are just emulating surfing on a grand scale."