Last weekend, more than 5,000 spectators covered the shores of Huntington Beach to watch sixty-six surfers climb aboard what can only be described as a huge-ass surfboard designed by Nev Hyman to set not one, but two Guinness World Records.
The board, supposedly an enlarged version of one of Brett Simpson’s models, weighed a dainty 1,300 pounds and had equally impressive dims: 42.125′ long x 11.08′ wide x 16″ (volume N/A). This board is now the largest surfboard to be constructed in the history of surfing and has its own part of the record books.
To claim the second Guinness World Record of the day (the most amount of people to ride a single surfboard at the same time), they had to surpass the 2009 feat at Snapper Rocks, where 47 Aussies rode a gargantuan board for 10 seconds. And surpass they did. The Huntington Beach participants, surfers of all ages and occupations (including Brett Simpson and Lakey Peterson), were towed into a wave by two jet-skies and managed to stay on the board for 13 seconds, crushing the previous record by three seconds. Take that, Aussies.
The board will be paraded down Main Street on July 4th and will officially find it’s housing at the International Surfing Museum, where it will take up some major real estate as an emblem of Huntington’s accomplishment.