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Pooches Hit the Waves at California Surf Dog Competition

  • Jeff Custer

Tongues as well as tails were wagging Sunday as dogs drew crowds at the eighth annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, near Los Angeles.

Dozens of big and small dogs, along with their owners, braved unusually high surf as they took to the water, and there were some wipeouts along the way. The pooches, however, appeared undeterred as they took to the waves.

Event spokesperson Marcie Taylor said the surf dogs competed in four weight class and size divisions, “So there are different categories according to weight: small, medium, large and extra-large dogs. We also have the tandem heats so it's like two dogs on a surfboard, and a dog and a human."

Taylor says there was also the most difficult "Shredder" category, in which the canines were judged on a variety of skills, including the length of their ride and their confidence on the board.

Bono, a Brazilian Labrador that came from Rio de Janeiro with his owner Ivan Moreira, nabbed the "Shredder" prize.

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