On June 20, 2015, Visit Huntington Beach lead the charge to break two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier for ‘Most people riding a surfboard’ on the world’s ‘Largest Surfboard’.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS provided the following guidelines and official rules in order to break these world records:
- 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 into a wave with all participants standing on it until it has gained enough momentum to surf on its own. The 10 seconds will start when the board is released and travelling 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 surfboard was 39.3 feet long, 9.8 feet wide, and 11.8 inches thick. It was designed by Australian shaper Nev Hyman and took four shapers 60 days to build. The surfboard used on June 20, 2015 is 42 feet long, 11 feet wide, and 16 inches thick.
The record for most riders riding a single surfboard is 47 and was set on March 5, 2005 in Queensland, Australia during the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Huntington Beach broke this record during the 2005 US Open of Surfing, with 60 people riding the same surfboard. Unfortunately, the event did not have an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator present, making the record unofficial. Rest assured, there was an official adjudicator present on June 20, 2015 as we broke both our unofficial world record and the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS!