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Surfers ride the waves to a record

Published 21/06/2015 | 05:41

The surfers react with joy as they set a Guinness World Record for most riders on a board (The Orange County Register/ AP)
The surfers react with joy as they set a Guinness World Record for most riders on a board (The Orange County Register/ AP)

Sixty-six surfers have set a world record for most people riding a board at once.

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Surf champions and local heroes were among those who climbed on a custom built, 42ft board off Huntington Beach, California.

The Orange County Register reported that the 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.

About 5,000 spectators crowded the sand and the Huntington Beach pier to watch the attempt.

Guinness World Record adjudicator Michael Empric said a separate record for whether the 1,300lb board is the world's largest will take a few days to determine.

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