Surfs Up, Dog (Sorry, Dudes)

You guys. Maybe you already know that we are huge fans of Canine Therapy Corps and Surfers Healing, two nonprofits that do amazing work for kids with special needs. So when we heard about the Dog Surfing Championship, which is a thing that totally exists, it blew our minds. And now it’s blown yours.

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The “omg”-inspiring event takes place at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, CA and raises money for a range of animal, surfing, and environmental charities. The beach is a popular (but generally calm) summer hangout for local surfers and San Francisco dwellers looking for some peace and quiet. 

There was little tranquility to be had this Saturday though, as thousands of human fans and their canine companions crowded the beach to watch dozens of dogs ride the swell. Some clearly bewildered human surfers waded through the throng with boards tucked under their arms, obviously perplexed by the sheer number of people and wondering what on earth had happened to their beach. 

“No, man, don’t come down. There’s, like, three-million people here, and you can’t surf anyway. No, I mean you literally can’t. There are dogs on surfboards… No, like a freakin’ labradoodle. I’m being totally serious.” —Actual disgruntled local surfer guy
Sweet pano courtesy of Tom Capo

For fans of fearless animals in life jackets hanging ten, it did not disappoint. Dog surfing legends like Faith the Surfing Pitbull, Prince Dudeman, and Surf Gidget the Pug caught waves of various sizes, from the small to the, well, slightly-less-small. Mavericks, this ain’t. But there were some seriously impressive skills on display, with some of the larger breeds able to use their weight to carve into the waves. Don’t believe us? We get it. You kind of had to be there. Check out pics and video from the event at the World Dog Surfing Instagram page. 🤙

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