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66 Surfers Crowd Onto Board to Break World Record

They somehow managed to ride a wave together for 12 seconds
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2015 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – About 5,000 spectators crowded the sand and a pier in Huntington Beach, Calif., to watch 66 surfers set a world record for most people riding a board at once. Surf champions and local heroes were among those who hung loose on a custom-built, 42-foot board off Huntington Beach yesterday. The Orange County Register reports the 66 surfers rode a wave for 12 seconds, breaking the previous record set in Queensland, Australia, about a decade ago when 47 surfers rode a wave for 10 seconds. Guinness World Records adjudicator Michael Empric said a separate record for whether the 1,300-pound board is the world's largest will take a few days to determine. (Sadly, no sharks photo-bombed the surfing feat.)

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