Anglesea: world record for the largest number of surfers riding a single wave

The Guinness world record for the largest number of surfers riding a single wave has been set in Anglesea, Victoria, Australia.


Up to 120 surfers have broken the official record set by the Guinness World Records, during the 25th anniversary of the Go Ride a Wave Surf School.

In 2009, there were 110 surfers riding a single wave, at the same time, in South Africa. They did that for, at least, five seconds.

Surfers had one hour to set a new record, from when the first attempt kicked off at Anglesea. The event attracted more than 200 wave riders.

"The trick was to get them all to do the same thing at the same time," explained Wes Smith, the event organizer. "It was an operation of military-like precision and we finally got there".

Massive logistics were required to break the Guinness record. Wave spotters, on-water managers, media crew and official stewards gathered at the beach to confirm the stunt.

On the eighth attempt, everyone cheered. The world record for the largest number of surfers riding a single wave had been beaten, when time was almost over.