Surf City USA laid claim to another bit of surfing legend Saturday as a group of surfers banded together to break a world record.
With hundreds looking on, 66 surfers, including surf champions, celebrities and local heroes, rode a custom 42-foot-long surfboard off the shore in Huntington Beach Saturday, breaking the Guinness World Record for "Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once."
"It was crowded, it was scary, but we had to focus," said Tim Stamps, a participant. "We were all happy, everyone was screaming and yelling. It was a good time."
The record hadn't been broken in over a decade, since 47 people clambered onto a board on March 5, 2005, according to the city of Huntington Beach. To break the record, the surfers had to successfully surf unassisted for 10 seconds.
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The surfers in Huntington Beach were also hoping to claim the title of riding the "World's Largest Surfboard," but that record attempt remained unconfirmed Saturday morning.
The official record-holding surfboard is 39-feet and 4-inches, Huntington Beach said.
The record-breaking event was part of Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Newport Beach and Long Beach's celebration of International Surfing Day festivities.
"Nobody fell off and it was the most thrilling ride," said another participant, Debbie Beacham.
"Just the whole camaraderie of it, it was an exciting moment."