Happy Wednesday! To help you get through that midweek slump so you can make it to Friday (and then the weekend!), we’ve got just the thing that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
It’s a new trend that we want to catch on. And it’s only two words long.
Oh you heard us right. Catch the last few sunny weeks of summer with sand between your toes and the ocean spray in your hair, and tune in to see some dog surfing (which is totally a real thing). In fact, it’s so real that there’s a whole dog surfing championship that happens every year. And this year’s World Dog Surfing championship was held in Pacifica, California on August 5th. Just over a thousand people showed up to the dog championships on Saturday to cheer on dozens of brave dogs as they surfed the waves.
The first dog surfing competition was held in San Diego 12 years ago, and it’s grown quite a bit since then. This is the second annual Dog Surfing Championship in California, and there are even contests in Hawaii, Florida, Texas, and even Australia! So fetch!
Dogs interested in competing have the option of choosing between a few different surfing configurations. They can compete solo, and surf on their own, ride with a four legged friend and go tandem, or surf with a human partner. Scores are given by a panel of three judges, who look at how comfortable the dogs are on the board (and if they can stay on the board!), and how much they seem to be enjoying it. That’s the criteria. Sounds like a competition that we can get behind!
This year, an Australian kelpie named Abbie Girl was actually able to maneuver her board because it’s specially designed for her frame. It’s shorter than most boards to help her balance her weight. Her board also gets major style points. It has a bright orange blaze down the bottom, and even her name on the back! Totally rad– we give her four paws up for style! Her owner, Michael Uy says he brought Abbie Girl to the beach to socialize her with other dogs.
“One time we put her on a surfboard to rest. And she stood up on the board and we thought, well, why don’t we put her on a wave and see what happens, and she just rode it all the way into shore,” Uy said. Surf’s up for Abbie!
Her practice has paid off, and Abbie is now the two time champion of the dog surfing event.
Some owners even dress up their dogs for the event, with one pup sporting a bright blue mohawk. Where can we sign up?
Move over, Corgi beach day, surfing dogs are in. What other sports can your dogs do? Let us know in the comments below, because we love hearing from you! And don’t forget to sign up for our Digital Doggy Newsletter to get pawsome stories like this and more delivered right to your inbox!