Surfer Dogs Take Over San Diego’s Imperial Beach

June 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

ByMeera Dolasiaon06/08/2011

On Saturday June 4th, over 50 dogs
showed up at San Diego’s Imperial Beach to participate in the annual Loews
Coronado Bay Resort Surfing Competition
. Now in its sixth year, the
challenge that doubles up as a fundraiser, is a fun event that showcases the
surfing skills of canines.

The competition, a natural extension
following the success of the resort’s dog-surfing lessons, has fairly simple
rules. Each canine or canine team, is given ten minutes during which time they
have to catch at least two waves. The contestants are judged based on their
confidence, ability to stay on the board and length of ride.

Judges also look at attitude and
attire – A wagging tail and cool surfboard shorts or shades go a long way. To
level the playing field, the contest is divided into three categories – dogs
under 40lbs, dogs over 40lbs and tandem surfing – where dogs team up with other
dogs or humans.

Among the contestants this year was Chopper
the Biker Dog
, a little Boston terrier, better known for his motorbike
skills. Also competing was a French bulldog, a team of five tandem surfing
pooches dubbed So Cal dogs and 2010’s under 40lbs surfing champ – Abbie
Girl
.

With over 2,500 people gathered to
watch the fun event, the confident pooches – Some veterans, others novices,
began the competition. Living up to her stellar reputation, Abbie Girl edged
out the tough contingent of dogs under 40lbs and also won third place in the
tandem category, where she surfed with her owner – Michael Uy.

Golden retriever, Kalani AKA Lil
Surfer Girl,
who looked very fetching in her pink attire, took the top
honors in the larger dog category – Like Abbie, she is a veteran of the Loews
competition and took home the top prize for best tandem surfer in 2010.

This year’s most impressive tandem
or should we say trandem team were Zoey, a Jack Russell terrier and his
two owners Scott and Tyler Chandler.

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