11 March 2005
11 March 2005
The 40 foot (12 metre) surfboard was designed by an Australian surfing company, Nevsurfboards, which carried over 40 surfers to set a new world record.
The board required 300 litres (79 gallons) of resin, half a ton of foam and 220 meters of fibreglass, and was built in just over a month.
The three-meter-wide board, costing some 30,000 Euros and nicknamed Nev after its creator Nev Hyman, needed some 20 people to carry the board to the sea. The ride exceeded the existing record of 14 achieved by a British team in Cornwall, south-west England, on an 36 foot (11metre) board in 2003.
The event which tool place at the weekend, was watched by a crowd of over 5000 along Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland.
Nev Hyman, owner of Nev Surfboards, said the four-minute ride to shore was worth the month-long effort to build the board. ""It was the best four minutes of my surfing life. It went in strong and straight,"" Hyman told Australian journalists. ""I don't think anyone has had more fun on a wave like that since the dawn of time,"" he added.
After the feat has been confirmed as a successful entry for the Guiness Book of Records, the surfboard will next be taken to the United States as part of a global fund-raising tour to help raise $120 million for a tsunami appeal.
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