Surf's Up: Dogs Compete
October 2, 2013 | By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
Huntington Beach, Calif. is reportedly the city that the Beach Boys were singing about in their famed hit, “Surf City U.S.A.,” so some people felt it was only fitting that our 4-legged family members get in on the action.
The 5th annual Surf City Surf Dog competition was held this past weekend, which featured 54 canine contestants who caught 4-to-5 foot waves in front of hundreds of spectators.
"It's been an uphill battle," Lisa Scolman, co-founder of the event told the Huntington Beach Independent. "People didn't believe and it took a while to get it off the ground. But now this year, we have surf legends judging, great new sponsors. So from our first to fifth year, I think we've finally made it. We're on the map."
The competition also scored some high profile judges this year in the surfing world, including Pete Townend (no, not Pete Townshend of The Who), but the real score was for the rescue organizations the event helped, including Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, Barks of Love and the Orange County Humane Society.
As with people, surfing dog lovers believe the dogs must have a passion for the sport, or sometimes even a natural ability.
Such is the case with Banana, a 14-year-old Corgi/Jack Russell Terrier mix that naturally took to the board while watching his dad, Brian Koerner, surfing. The two competed in the tandem surf this past weekend.
No word on how the pair scored on their technique or duration of the ride, but Koerner says it’s all in a day of fun anyway and we bet that Banana didn’t care if he won a medal.
Discovery News answers the question of whether dogs really like to surf, “You only attempt surfing with dogs that really love the beach and water," says Rob Kuty, the official animal trainer at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego.
We imagine dogs that like the beach and water think it’s pretty rad.
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