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66 surfers in California set record for most people riding board at once

June 20, 2015: 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 “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once”

June 20, 2015: 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 “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once”  (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Visiting Huntington Beach)

A group of surfers set a world record Saturday in Southern California for most people riding a board at one.

Sixty-six people, including surf champions and local heroes, were among those who hung loose on a custom built 42-foot board off Huntington Beach.

The Orange County Register reports the 66 surfers rode a wave for 12 seconds. They broke the previous record set in Queensland, Australia, about 10 years 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

The Associated Press contributed to this report