Stoked! 511 California surfers paddle out to set record

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) Southern California surfers are stoked after setting a Guinness World Record for largest surf paddle-out.

The record became official Tuesday after 511 surfers formed a circle and held hands for one minute while floating off Huntington Beach.

The Orange County Register says (http://bit.ly/2sWjn3m ) the group contended with morning fog, strong currents and large waves.

The paddle-out was conceived as a way to celebrate surfing making it into the Olympic summer games for the first time in 2020.

The newspaper says it was also to plant a seed: If Los Angeles gets the nod for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics, Huntington Beach wants to host the surfing event.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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