How many surfboards does it take to set a world record?
As part of the 20th annual Surf Art exhibition at the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre, the City of Onkaparinga attempted to set a Guinness World Record on Saturday, December 14, 2013 for the longest line of surfboards.
It was a glorious day for it as hundreds of people brought their boards and gathered on the beach in front of the Port Noarlunga Surf Life Saving Club to witness and be part of the record-making event. Long boards, short boards, new boards, banged up boards, and even a glittery pink Barbie board; there were all sorts in a line-up that extended nearly to South Port beach.
It wasn't an easy feat with a turn out of more than 200 surfboards required to set the record, but after the final count the record wasn't just set; it was officially smashed. Representatives from Guinness World Records declared there were 398 boards in a 783.5 metre long line in the sand along Port Noarlunga beach. With beautiful beaches like Moana, Seaford, Aldinga, and Maslins; the record confirms that surf culture and community spirit are not just alive, but thriving on the mid-coast of South Australia.
More recently there was the spectacular sand sculpture exhibition and another successful Beachside Food & Wine Festival during a huge November in the area. A world record certainly tops off an exciting year and has locals and visitors alike looking forward to what 2014 will bring for the City of Onkaparinga.