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Night Hawk surfing with his owner - Philip K. Auna in Waikiki in the 1930's
Historically, Dog surfing has been documented as occurring in the 1920s in California and Hawaii.
Dog surfing involves dogs that are trained to surf on surfboards or bodyboards, either alone or with a human on the board.
Some dogs have been trained to ride a skimboard on the shore - after the board is initially skimmed by a human and to windsurf with a human, and bodysurfing dogs have also been documented in surfing media.
Additionally, some dogs have been trained to ride on paddleboards with people.
In the 1930s, a silent film titled On The Waves in Waikiki depicts Phillip K. Auna and Night Hawk, his terrier, surfing together on a wooden surfboard in Hawaii. The terrier was able to perform the hang ten surfing maneuver on the surfboard.
In 1944, a full page image of a surfing dog named "Rusty" was published in National Geographic magazine.
In the 1950s, UPI published a photograph of Joseph "Scooter Boy" Kaopuiki and his dog Sandy surfing in Hawaii, which was published in newspapers throughout the United States. During this time, they were also reported about on the television show You Asked For It!.
Dave Chalmers and his surfing terrier mix named Max, both from San Diego, California, were featured in several forms of media in the late 1970s through the 1980s, including surf movies and a television appearance on the show Amazing Animals.
Don't be fooled! Surfing with your dog - "IS NOT AN EXTREME SPORT! IT'S JUST EXTREMELY FUN!!!"
Once your Surf Dog has it figured out they can try surfing tandem with you or with other dogs. Surf dogs seem to enjoy surfing with their buddies!
Tandem Dog Surfing stepped it up a notch when in January 2009, So Cal Surf Dog NANI, a Bernese Mountain Dog and Surf Dog Kia, a Jack Russell Terrier, surf together at Dog Beach in Del Mar. A photo from that day turned into the logo for the Surfin' Paws Surf Dog Jam Surf Dog Competition in Huntington Beach later that year.
Nani now enjoys Tandem surfing with her best surf buddy DozeR an English Bull Dog and So Cal Surf Dog team mates Ricochet, a Golden Retriever and Toby, a Shi Tzu Mix!
Tandem Dog Surfing has expanded to 4, 5 and even 6 dogs on the same surfboard.
A record was set at the Loews Surf Dog Competition in 2012 with 17 dogs riding one surfboard.
Give it a try, your Surf Dog will love it!!!
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Chipper and Cleo
Nani, Ricochet, Dozer and Toby
Zoe vs Banditt
Shad, Nani, Kia, Pancho and Zoe
Nani, Dozer, Deagen, Toby and Jack at the 2011 Loews Surf Dog Competition
Nani vs Kia
Ricochet vs Kalani
King, Dude, Bandit, Pogey, RJ and Zoey at the 2007 Loews Surf Dog Competition (Photo by Michelle Balk)
DOG vs HUMAN TANDEM Human's and their best friends have been surfing together for years.
Most started tandem surfing with their dogs before they even thought about surfing them by themselves. If you haven't tried it and you already surf, surfing with your dog is a ton of fun!
1) Make sure you have a dog surfboard. Your dog's paws can be harmed if he is not using the right board. Foam boards are bad for dogs as it tears there skin after a few uses, also your dog may chew on a foam board and foam boards have no traction so they use wax which is terrible for a dogs paws as sand and debris get in the webs of your dog's paws and could be harmful. Make sure you get a "Dog Surfboard" The hard surface dog surfboards are great and come with many safety features such as a standard ocean rescue safety release handle on the tail for choosing the right waves or hanging on for the ride. They also come with Soft Traction throughout the board, which provides not just traction but also serves as a cushion in case of a wipe out! The hard Dog Surfboards, are great because you can design your own colors, logo's, pics of dog or any artwork you can think of! They are totally customized for your dog, which you can't get with any soft board. Harder top boards float much better and do not fold or bend nor crease. Soft boards are a little less stable and slippery which causes the dog to move forward on the board thus causing the surfboard to nose dive.
2) Many surf dog contest are on budgets and usually use old donor boards which is not really all that good for you or the dog. Ask your local surf shop for a "Dog Surfboard" not a giant foam board, a real authentic Dog Surfboard, or Google Dog Surfboards, and Dog Wetsuits, something will pop up! Get your dog some gear too. Suitable items include a dog life vest, dog wetsuits, dog beach towels, water and salt waterproof bungee leashes, pet tent (for a rest in while you keep surfing), and Travel Pet Bed for the beach!
3) Start small. Begin somewhere easy, like a swimming pool or a lake on a really flat wave day. Throw your dog's favorite fetch toy into the water and see if he retrieves it. If he does, he is probably a water-loving dog. Having other dogs that like the water will also encourage your dog into the water.
Make sure you know how to surf. It won't make much sense to your dog if you're not sharing the experience and know what to do too! This sport involves a lot of exertion in the water, and the waves can be rough, so be sure that you and your dog are both strong swimmers before attempting to surf.
4) Demonstrate by example and get your dog excited about being in the water with you surfboard to get him fired up to join you. Talk to him, call to him, and encourage him to come into the water and play nearby while watching what you're doing.
Play with your dog in the water. Let your dog play on the board. Develop your dog's trust (the number one element for success) don't start off too fast and make sure that it is fun for your dog.
5) Get your dog used to the board on the sand or on another suitable surface before going into the water. Test your dog's balance to see where he likes to place himself on the board. Some smaller dogs like the nose of the board, some heavier dogs have a better center of gravity and like the middle to the back of the board. Depending on size, however, your dog should be roughly about two-thirds of the way back, with his tail over the board's fin.
If your dog is too far forward, the board will nosedive under the wave, unless you use a hard top dog surfboard with traction such as "Scrappy" below in the picture. If your dog is too far back, the nose will come out of the water and the board won't catch the wave.
6) Pop on your dog's pet (personal) flotation device (PFD). The dog PFD will provide your dog with greater flotation when he wipes out in the surf. Many dog life vests have a handle on top that lets you gently pull your canine pal back on the board or out of the water when needed.
7) Paddle out. On a longboard, get on the board with the dog and paddle into the waves. You should be behind the dog for best results when paddling through the breakers. On a shortboard or boogie board, put the dog on the board and push him out through the breakers.
8) Catch the wave. Start with small waves, roughly 1-2 feet (30cm - 60cm). Even champion surfing dogs don't tackle surf much bigger than 3-4 feet (90cm - 120cm). Push off and shred. Catching the wave is a knack that requires timing, finesse, patience and lots of repetition. Get your dog started in the wave each time and then let him surf the wave on his own. Try to get the dog started right when the waves starts to curl.
Now your dog and you are surfing! Bow Wow Bunga, dude!
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Competitions and exhibitions that feature surfing dogs have occurred in various coastal areas of the United States, such as Del Mar, California, Imperial Beach, California and Jupiter, Florida.
In dog surfing competitions, judging criteria may include the dog's overall certainty on the board, wave size and ride length.
The Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition at Imperial Beach in California has been described as the largest dog surfing competition in the United States. The first competition was held in 2006.
In 2011, over fifty dogs participated, and the competition categorized entries by small dogs, large dogs and tandem dogs. Tandem surfing involves two or more dogs surfing together on one surfboard.
An annual dog surfing competition titled "Surf City Surf Dog competition" is held in Huntington Beach, California. The first competition occurred in October 2009.
In 2012, the Incredible Dog Challenge dog surfing competition was held in San Diego, California.
In July 2013, the Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Wellington, Florida presented its first "Surfs Up, Dogs" competition as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. The competition was held in Jupiter, Florida.
A Labrador Retriever named Kam was documented in Honolulu, Hawaii surfing partially lying down while simultaneously drinking from a bottle of beer.
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J Bay, South Africa Kai is a male Chocolate Border Collie who lives near J Bay, South Africa. He is just learning to surf but looks like he'll be ripping up the waves in no time. MATEO Tamarindo, Costa Rica Here's a cool video of Mateo the surfing pup getting barreled in Costa Rica. He's surfing surfing out in front of Witch's Rock Surf Camp!
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