Last Saturday, August 1st, at Imperial Beach in San Diego, California, the 2015 Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition took place. Matt Determan was the event’s commentator. Golden Pleasure to be invited and cover this pawsome event.
It was the most adorable surfing event I’ve watched. 45 dogs of all breeds and sizes hit the wave and hang ten on their surfboards. Each of these surf dogs had their own signature style but have three things in common; fun, love and trust.
Dog Surfing for Fun, Love, and Trust
These surf dogs absolutely LOVE to surf and ride the ocean wave. Their doggy surf facial expression says it all.
The human-dog Bond & TRUST is undeniably visible. I was not surprised at all to witness such wonderful human-dog connection.
How did these surf dogs get judged?
Pro surfer and pet parent Taylor Knox was one of the judges. There were 8 heats (i.e. rounds of competition for each dog size) and 2 heats for the tandem ride. In each heat, the panel of judges used these factors:
Length of ride
Size of wave
confidence on the wave
Standing on all fours vs sitting or lying down
Leashed to the board
*the top 2 waves were used to tally the heat total for each participant
Additional points were given for the following factors:
Riding an open-faced water (as opposed to riding a white water wave)
if the dog pulls a maneuver (360 or 180)
ENJOY the video: Photo Clips 2015 Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition
All the surf dogs did an incredible job. They all deserve a pawsome prize.
Here are the 2015 Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition Winners.
Large Dog Winners:
1st – Kalani, Golden Retriever
2nd – Lola, English Bulldog
3rd – Musubi, Golden doodle
Money raised from this event benefited the San Diego Humane Society.