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Surf City USA: Guinness World Records surfing title broken in Huntington Beach

Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record,
Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,” after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach
Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record,
A custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard is positioned before sixty-six surfers from around the world rode it for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,” after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach
Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record,
Professional surfer Lakey Peterson, left, Assemblyman Travis Allen, center, and professional surfer Brett Simpson, right, wait on the beach before they each were one of sixty-six surfers from around the world that rode a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,” after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntingto
Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record,
Sixty-six surfers from around the world wax a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard just before riding the surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,” after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach
Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record,
Sixty-six surfers from around the world pose with a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard, which is a replica of surf champion Brett Simpson's board, center, just before riding the surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,” after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach
Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record,
Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® adjudicator Michael Empric measures a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard before sixty-six surfers from around the world rode it for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,” after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach
Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record,
Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,” after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach
Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record,
Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® adjudicator Michael Empric, left, presents President and CEO of Visit Huntington Beach Kelly Miller with a certificate after sixty-six surfers from around the world rode a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,” after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntingto
Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record,
Professional Surfer Rocky McKinnon takes a photo with his girlfriend and son on a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard after he was one of sixty-six surfers from around the world that rode the board for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, California.The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,” after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach


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. 

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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.