Huntington Beach Surfers Break at Least 1 World Record

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Surfers are seen attempting to beat two records in the Guinnes World Records on June 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

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Sixty-six surfers who rode a giant surfboard in Huntington Beach Saturday broke at least one, and possibly two, Guinness World Records.

Sixty-six surfers are seen climbing on top of a large surf board in Huntington Beach on June 20, 2015, in an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for most surfers to ride a wave. (Credit: KTLA)
Sixty-six surfers are seen climbing on top of a large surf board in Huntington Beach on June 20, 2015, in an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for most surfers to ride a wave. (Credit: KTLA)

The surfers came together on International Surf Day, held annually on the summer solstice, to beat the previous record of 47 people riding a wave in Australia in 2005.

None of the 66 participants fell off the board, managing to beat the record, one of the surfers said.

“It was an awesome feeling,” Kelly Kenney said. “It went by really fast actually, but everyone was cooperating and it was a good time. … Nobody fell off, it went really well.”

The surfers managed to stand for 13 seconds, according to an unofficial count posted on the City of Huntington Beach’s Facebook page.

The event was also being considered for the largest surfboard category, again possibly beating the Australian group who rode a board that was just over 39 feet long and nearly 10 inches wide.

The board used Saturday was 42 feet long and 11 feet wide, according to surfcityusa.com.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the surfers attempt to beat the record, video showed.

Mayor Jill Hardy said the event helped kick off summer and was meant to remind “everybody that we’re about surf culture whether you surf, swim or hang out at the beach.”

“It’s a big city, but we function as a small community,” Hardy said. “When we have a fun event like this, we really pull together and it is a community event. It’s what we do together is celebrate surf culture.”

Huntington Beach surfers previously attempted to beat the record during the 2005 U.S. Open of Surfing with 60 riders, but an official Guinness World Records adjudicator was not present, making the record unofficial, according to surfcityusa.com.

Adjudicator Michael Empric was present at Saturday's event and was expected to make the records official.

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