A custom-built 42-foot, 1300-pound surfboard was put to the test Saturday when 66 surfers from around the world stood on the board and surfed a wave in Huntington Beach, nicknamed “Surf City,” breaking a Guinness World Record.
Riding a wave on the big board for 12 seconds, the surfers set a record for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once.” The event was planned to coincide with International Surfing Day on June 21 and exceeded the previous record of 47 people, set in Snapper Rocks, Queensland, Australia in 2005.
The surfboard is also expected to break a record for “Largest Surfboard,” pending confirmation from The Guinness Book of World Records.
Among the record-breaking amateur and professional surfers were U.S. Open of Surfing title holders Brett Simpson and Lakey Peterson.
The gigantic surfboard’s design mimics one of the famous short boards ridden by Simpson, a Huntington Beach native.
“It’s the length of at least two full-size cars, maybe almost three,” previously said Lynn Bowser, co-owner of Westerly Marine, the Santa Ana boat building company commissioned by Visit Huntington Beach to build the 42-foot-long, 11-foot-wide surfboard. “It looks like a regular short board that’s literally blown up to 42 feet.”
The biggest challenge in making the board was shipping the massive foam, the board’s core, from an East Coast aerospace manufacturer.
Rhode Island’s mouldCAM and local surf industry shapers also collaborated to build the board, whose design is based on Australian surfboard shaper Nev Hyman’s schematics.
Huntington Beach’s International Surfing Museum will soon display the giant board as a tribute to one of California’s most beloved outdoor pastimes.