Surfing dogs shred Surf City USA
Who let the dogs out?
"Surf Dogs" is not just another sports bar in Huntington Beach, California. In fact, it's a movement with a reach that spans almost a hundred years, when the first dogs were documented catching waves in California and Hawaii in the 1920s. In Huntington Beach, also known as 'Surf City USA,' surfing and dogs go hand in hand with the local population so much that a competition dubbed Petco Surf City Surf Dog has been held each year since 2009. This year, it returned with 68 eager competitors. Who let the dogs out? Huntington Beach surf did.
A ruff day of surf
Bono the Surf Dog has 45,000 followers on Instagram and took first place in the Shredders Division. A Brazilian native, Bono has an actual passport and no preference for regular or goofy footed stance. (Bono also gets to travel as a regular passenger on international flights.)
Yes, there was a tandem division. Kona Kai the Labradoodle and owner Shaun Lucado exhibit excellent surf stance and style as they are "treated" to a small wave.
Locals paddle out
Surfer Ryan Rustan is a Huntington Beach local that met dog Sugar in 2012. Two years later, through the magic of water therapy, Rustan and Sugar became local surf sensations. Rustan, who has battled mental health and drug issues since he was a teen, credits Sugar with his sobriety. Sugar also claimed second place in the Shredders Division.
Surf dog Derby wiped out early into this wave, but paddled back into the beach on his own while managing to keep his sunglasses on. Yes, this is a sentence about a dog, not a surfer.
John John Florence has nothing on the Small Division's ability to air the Huntington Beach breaks.
Which way is the dog park?
Bono the Surf Dog wasn't just the winner of the Shredder Division. He also displayed his prowess in freestyle surfing, by riding this wave backwards.
Canine surf skills
Despite a larger than expected swell over the weekend, many of the canine competitors were able to surf the waves into the beach.
This unidentified tandem pair one-upped the rest of the surfing crew by combining surfing and frisbee catching, in style.
Surfed in clean
Fido and friend reach the beach as the contest comes to a close. Safe to say, there were no bad dogs on this day at the beach.