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California Assemblyman helps set world surf record

Sixty-six surfers react as they set a Guinness World Record for most riders on a board, including Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach (far right) in Huntington Beach, Calif., Saturday, June 20, 2015.
Sixty-six surfers react as they set a Guinness World Record for most riders on a board, including Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach (far right) in Huntington Beach, Calif., Saturday, June 20, 2015. AP

Who says California Republicans in the Legislature never achieve anything?

In the 80-member state Assembly, Travis Allen of Huntington Beach is one of 28 minority Republicans. This weekend, he was one of 66 people making history.

After cramming on to an oversized surfboard with 65 other people on Saturday, including Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, Allen now has the distinction of co-owning a Guinness World Record for most people riding a board at once – an appropriate plaudit for a lawmaker who has spent years riding waves and represents a city that hosts the U.S. Open of Surfing.

“I’ve lived in Huntington Beach for 20 years and surfed the pier,” Allen said, “so when I heard they were going to break the world record in Huntington Beach, it was a natural.”

It took Allen and allies only one attempt to execute a successful ride that met the 10-second minimum – “Thank God, we had great waves that day,” Allen said – and to claim the Guinness-certified crown from a group who had set the high mark of 47 in Australia in 2005.

While he called participating in the feat “a great honor,” Allen said it wouldn’t place on his resume as an elected official.

“I don’t really rank this as a public service, as one of my elected accomplishments,” Allen said, “but certainly as a resident of Huntington Beach and as a Southern California surfer, it’s a huge highlight.”

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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