Hundreds of Israelis Try to Break Guinness Record in Surfing Protest Against Environmental Damage

992 surfers rode the waves in Herzilya to demonstrate against the future construction of a gas rig on Israel's Mediterranean coast

Israeli protesters take part in what they said was a record-breaking protest against potential environmental damage from an off-shore gas development project in the Mediterranean Sea in Herzliya.
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Hundreds of Israeli surfers in black skull-and-crossbones shirts took to the waves on Friday in what they said was a record-breaking protest against potential environmental damage from off-shore gas development. 

Organizers said 992 people, among them athletes and actors, paddled out and held hands to form a circle opposite Herzliya, promoting their demand that a planned gas rig be relocated further from Israel's Mediterranean coast. 

Israeli protesters preparing to go surfing in a demonstration for environmental protection in Herzliya.
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A slogan on their shirts read: "Don't poison us."

 Israeli authorities say the new platform poses no environment or health threat. 

An installation on display as hundreds of Israeli surfers take part in what they said was a record-breaking protest against potential environmental damage in Herzliya.
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Friday's event would be submitted to Guinness World Records for recognition, organizers said. Guinness currently lists a 511-person circle of surfers off Huntingdon Beach, California last year as the world-record "surfing paddle-out."

Hundreds of surfers protesting against a gas rig project in Herzliya.
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Israeli surfers protesting against the construction of a gas rig on the Mediterranean in Herzliya.
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