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Surfers pile on to break world record

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    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR VISITING HUNTINGTON BEACH - Sixty-six surfers from around the world ride a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for â??Most People Riding a Surfboard at Onceâ? on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, CA. The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,â? after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
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    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR VISITING HUNTINGTON BEACH - Local legend Sumo Sato, bottom right, performs a traditional blessing of the waves around a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard just before sixty-six surfers from around the world rode the surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for â??Most People Riding a Surfboard at Onceâ? on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, CA. The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,â? after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. >> Sixty-six surfers have 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 on Saturday.

The Orange County Register reports the 66 surfers rode a wave for 12 seconds. They broke 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 1,300-pound board is the world’s largest will take a few days to determine.

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