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Huntington Beach tries building the world’s biggest surfboard

The 42-foot-long, 11-foot-wide surfboard will make an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records by being the biggest surfboard with the most riders onboard.
The 42-foot-long, 11-foot-wide surfboard will make an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records by being the biggest surfboard with the most riders onboard.
Courtesy of Surf City USA
The 42-foot-long, 11-foot-wide surfboard will make an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records by being the biggest surfboard with the most riders onboard.
The large surfboard being unloaded.
Courtesy of Surf City USA
The 42-foot-long, 11-foot-wide surfboard will make an attempt to enter the Guinness World Records by being the biggest surfboard with the most riders onboard.
A worker waxes the 42-foot-long, 11-foot-wide surfboard.
Courtesy of Surf City USA


In 2005, the world’s largest surfboard came to Huntington Beach from Australia. The surf city wanted to make the record for most surfers riding the board, by having 60 people on the 39-foot-long, 9-foot-wide plank.

The surfers would've made the books — the previous record was 48 people. Except nobody called the Guinness World Records.

A decade later, this June, Huntington Beach is giving it another try. This time, the Guinness World Records won’t just be around to certify the record for most people riding one surfboard, the city will present its own bigger board. 

“It’s the length of at least two full-size cars, maybe almost three,” said Lynn Bowser, co-owner of Westerly Marine, the Santa Ana boat building company commissioned by Visit Huntington Beach to build the 42-foot-long, 11-foot-wide surfboard. “It looks like a regular short board that’s literally blown up to 42 feet.”

What has been the biggest challenge in making it? Shipping the massive foam, the board’s core, from an East Coast aerospace manufacturer. 

According to Bowser, it took a forklift, trailers and a crane to get the foam, which was dispatched in two pieces, into his shop.

“We’ve been working on the board since we received the foam planks for about three weeks now,” he said. “We would probably be done in about another two to three weeks.”

To make the record, according to Bowser, the riders must ride a wave for 10 seconds. Whoever’s left standing after the 10 seconds counts. 

Professional surfers, including Peter “PT” Townend and Brett Simpson, will be among the 64 individuals who’ll ride the board. There’s also a contest on Instagram that would select five people to participate.

The surfing event will take place on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier on June 20, International Surfing Day.

“The surf is good on that day,” said Bower. “The tides have already been determined to be good.”

This post has been updated.