On Tuesday, June 20, the surfing community in Southern California will rally to gather 500 surfers in the water next to the Huntington Beach pier for a Guinness World Record “Circle of Honor” paddle-out — the largest documented paddle-out in the world.
“It’s turned into an entire community event,” Diana Dehm, executive director of the International Surfing Museum, told the Register.
The goal for the monumental paddle-out is to show support for the inclusion of surfing in the 2020 Olympics on International Surfing Day, as well as demonstrate Surf City’s interest in being the venue for the surfing event in the 2024 Olympics (should Los Angeles win the bid), per the Register.
However, pulling this off will surely not be an easy task. Not only do people need to consider possibly formidable wave and ocean conditions, but the logistics for executing a feat like this can be extremely complicated. Dehm tells the Register, “Our secret sauce was pool noodles … We strung 500 pool noodles together.”
The Register reports that the plan is to drop the string of noodles from the pier while the judges from Guinness keep tabs on the number of people who successfully get themselves into the mix.
While there have certainly been numerous successful paddle-outs at the Huntington Pier before — like the massive paddle-out for Surfline founder Sean Collins, which saw hundreds of people in the water to pay respects — this one will be the first to be officially judged and documented by Guinness, according to the Register.
“This paddle out, this ring we’re forming, hopefully (the International Olympic Committee) will see this … we’re serious here," Huntington Beach High School surf coach Andy Verdone told the Register. “We have not just the hotels and infrastructure, parking and restaurants, we've got the waves. We have happy waves that break year round … If we get the Olympics, it's on.”
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