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Surfing Dogs in CA (Nathan Rupert/flickr)

Paw’s Up, Dude

Surf Dog Competition at Imperial Beach features canine boarders

surfing dogs San Diego California Humane Society Hanzo

Yesterday, dozens of “snarly” canines rode the waves at Imperial Beach in San Diego County for the ninth annual Surf Dog Competition.

The event, sponsored by Petco, included separate heats for large, medium, and small pooches, plus a “tandem” category for especially coordinated animals. (If you’re wondering how this works, check out the video below of 14 dogs sharing one surfboard—a world record.)

This year, first prize in the large dog division went to a boxer named Hanzo. His owner, Eric Felland, told the Guardian, “He loves what he does, and people really see that he really loves to surf.”

The competition also hosted a dog adoption event. All proceeds went to the San Diego Humane Society.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Nathan Rupert/flickr