Photos: Adorable Dogs Surf The Waves Like It's NBD
Nearly 65 cute pooches rode the waves on Sunday in the seventh annual Surf City Surf Dog event in Huntington Beach. And let's just say it kind of a dog eat dog competition.
The dogs, which ranged from Labradors to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, were hanging ten on the not-so-ruff waters as part of a competition that judged how long they were able to surf and their level of confidence on the boards. They were all divided into 4 different size and weight classes. Some rode with their backs towards the shore as they cruised in, some were two to a board, and there were many that wiped out. One had a GoPro camera strapped to his head, and all the owners were close by in the waters.
This was part of a three-day festival that kicked off last Friday, an event included costume contests, a red carpet with "puparazzi," and a charity fundraiser. Sunday's surfing competition had a turnout of 2,500 guests eager to see the dogs compete.
The event's producer, Lisa Scolman, told the OC Register that every year there are more and more dogs learning to surf. She said owners shouldn't force their dogs to ride the waves, but when you know your dog loves it, you know. "You can see when it is in the eyes and the faces of the dogs that love it, and they bark to get back out there," Scolman said.
James Wall, the owner of a Pitbull Terrier named Faith, explained to Reuters how he got her into surfing. "What we did was we took her to just the Bay Area where there are calm waters. [We] put her on a board and got her used to the balance and slowly progressed into wipes. And here she is now."
For the pups that didn't place this year, just remember that every dog has its day, and there's always next year.