World Record winning ride.
Records fell in Huntington Beach on International Surfing Day. On a two to three-foot Saturday on the south side of the pier, a crowd of thousands gathered to watch 66 of Orange County’s finest waveriders shatter the Guinness World Record for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” and “World’s Largest Surfboard.”
Riding a 42-foot board, former World Champ Peter “PT” Townend, who’s been instrumental in planning this attempt, was joined by local icon Bud Llamas, shaper Tim Stamps, Huntington Surf and Sport Owner Aaron Pai, WSL stars Lakey Peterson and Brett Simpson and a crew of other champions, celebrities and heroes. At about 10am the board was dropped into the water by a crane, then tugged out to the lineup via a lifeguard ski. With 66 giddy humans in place, a bump big enough to push them shoreward appeared. They were towed in, and just like that, made history.
The board, designed by Nev Hyman, was loosely based around Simpson’s regular, everyday, go-to model. Officially, the massive craft measured in at 42’ 1/4” long, 11’ 1” wide and 16” thick (and over 1,300 pounds). It was constructed by Rhode Island’s mouldCAM, Orange County boatbuilder Westerly Marine and a handful of local shapers. The process began months ago when mouldCAM carved the two giant foam halves of the board. They then shipped them cross-country to Santa Ana via tractor-trailer, where Westerly Marine assembled the halves, then laminated and glassed the board. The whole project was all part of celebrating 100 years of surfing in Huntington Beach.
The official rules for the Guinness World Record for “Most People Riding a Surfboard” include:
• The board used for the attempt must be a scaled-up version of a traditional surfboard and be made of the same materials.
• All participants must be standing on the surfboard and riding a wave unassisted for a period of at least 10 seconds.
• The surfboard can be towed with all participants standing on it until it has gained enough momentum. The 10 seconds will start when the board is released and traveling unassisted.
• Only participants who stay standing on the surfboard throughout the required 10 seconds will be counted towards the final record.
The original world-record-setting board was 39’4” long, 9’10” wide and 11.8” thick. It was also designed by Hyman and took four shapers and 60 days to build. The previous Guinness record for “Most Surfers Riding a Single Surfboard” was 47 and set on March 5th, 2005 at Snapper Rocks during the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. (Later that summer, Huntington Beach broke Snapper’s record during the U.S. Open with 60 people on the same board, however, the event was not registered with Guinness World Records beforehand, making the record unofficial.)
Story via: http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/guinness-records-smashed-in-huntington-beach-riding-into-the-record-books_128640/