Some of the 120 boardriders in the new Guinness World Records attempt


NEW RECORD FOR NUMBER OF SURFERS ON ONE WAVE
Tuesday, 13 November 2012

An Anglesea Victoria surf school has celebrated its 25th anniversary by claiming a world record for the largest number of surfers to ride a single wave and will be officially recorded by Guinness World Records. The previous record of 110 was set in South Africa three years ago. "The new record now stands at 120 following our successful attempt (on Saturday)," said organiser Wes Smith from Go Ride a Wave surfing school. "The rules were simple: All surfers had to ride the same wave in at the same time and stand for at least five seconds while doing so."

There was a time limit of one hour from when the first attempt began for a new record to be set. The event attracted more than 200 board riders. The event required an army of workers, wave spotters, on-water group leaders, camera crews and official scrutineers. When likely waves loomed a siren sounded and the board riders paddled. Everyone hoped that everyone else was on the same page and the same wave.

There was some confusion early on, but on the eighth attempt, which was completed just within the time limit, the record fell.



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