Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Article of the Day: Surf City Surf Dog competition attracts over 4,000 spectators!

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The Surf City Dog competition in California took place over the weekend, with eighty dogs competing for the coveted 'Top Dog Bro' title.

It was the sixth annual competition in what is the US’s largest – but far from only - dog surfing contest, attracting more than 4,000 spectators.

Standards were high, but 14-year-old Buddy took home the canine crown, 
making it his fifth win and gaining the Jack Russell Terrier a spot in the 
Surf Dog Hall of Fame.

Organizer Lisa Scolman said that this year that the mutt-broz had to be extra brave due to the fierce surf.

“We had a great swell of surf which has made for a really great event," Scolman said.

“The competition has grown in spectators over the years because of the waves, although this year we maybe haven't had as many new dogs joining in because the extra surf scared them away.”

Standards were high, but 14-year-old Buddy took home the canine crown, making it his fifth win and gaining the Jack Russell Terrier a spot in the Surf Dog Hall of Fame.

It will be the last time Buddy enters the surfing competition. "That last heat was probably the best of Buddy's life," his owner Bruce Hooker said.

In another contest, pooches teamed up to attempt the world record for most dogs on a surfboard at the same time:

Three amigos shred the Cali surf with swag even Kelly Slater would admire.
Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Not only did the contest provide the best pictures to kill five minutes of your morning at work, it also raised more than $100,000 for the Woodward Animal Center.

"Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts the best Surf Dog Competition and we are so proud to represent," Hooker said.

Images, courtesy of the GuardianNews.com, from the annual event for canines at Huntington Beach, California: 

Shredding the doggie surfing game in Cali comes with ease for a G.
Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters 

Murdering the game of wipe outs, Cali style.
Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Killing it to say the least.
Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Abandon ship, bro! 
Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Backwards riding - really tough.
Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The ultimate bro companionz.
Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images


Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters


  1. Great photo! Remember Sammy on the skimboard!!

  2. the best beach day ever