Sea dogs take the lead at unique US surf competition

Dogs big and small, and some in tandem with their owners, braved the large swell that greeted them at a surfing competition with a difference in California Sunday.

Some dogs bailed off their boards in spectacular wipeouts as waves pounded the shore, but that didn't prevent many of the pups from wagging their tails at the Surf City Surf Dog event in Huntington Beach.

These pics of surf dogs catching waves will make your day

  • Surf dog Skyler who is a Red Australian Shepherd surfs a large wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016.
  • A surfing dog rides a wave during the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expect to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil.
  • Surfing dogs run in to ocean at the start of a heat of the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expect to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil.
  • A dog rides a wave during the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016.
  • A man carries a dog on his head during the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016.
  • A dog wipes out during the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016.
  • A surfing dog rides a wave during the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expect to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil.
  • A surfing dog has a high a perch atop a human's head at the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil.
  • A dog runs out of the water after surfing in the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016.
  • A man surfs with his dog during the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016.
  • A dog rides a wave during the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016.
  • Two dogs ride a wave during the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016.
  • A dog rides a wave during the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016.
  • A surf dog wipes out during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event.
  • Surf dog Derby waits to compete during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event.
  • Surf dog Sugar a Collie mix rides a wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event.
  • Surf dog Sugar, a Collie mix, and owner Ryan Ruston look at each other during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event.
  • A surf dog competes in the tandem event during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event.
  • Surf dog Sugar a Collie mix and owner Ryan Ruston paddle out during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event.
  • Surf dog Kona Kai the Labradoodle and owner Shaun Lucado compete in the tandem event during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event.
  • A surf dog competes in the tandem event during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event.
  • A surf dog competes in the tandem event during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event.
  • A surf dog swims as a large wave breaks during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016.
  • A Whippet surf dog and her owner wait to compete during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016.
  • Surf dog Parafina from Brazil catches a large wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016.
  • Surf dog Parafina from Brazil catches a large wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016.
  • A surfing dog is held high overhead while fighting through incoming surf to catch waves at the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California.
  • A surfing dog rides a wave backwards at the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California.
  • Surf dog Sully surfs a large wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016.
  • Surf dog Sully surfs a large wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016.

Dogs and their owners came from as far away as Florida, Australia and Brazil for the eighth edition of the annual event in aid of animal charities.

The rides were the last and most popular phase of the three-day event that started Friday.

Canine and human competitors had 12 minutes to catch their top five waves, with judges evaluating them on their confidence level, length of ride and overall ability to ride the wave.

"We got some small, but mighty SurFurs out there," organizers said on Facebook.

The winner of the dog-only Shredder division was Bono, a Labrador owned by Ivan Moreira of Brazil.

 

TRIIIIII CAMPEÃOOOOOOOOOO Esse ano teve um gosto especial porque ganhamos também a categoria SHREDDER, na qual o Bono surfa sozinho. Além disso o evento foi considerado as maiores ondas já surfadas em um campeonato de Surfdog , e tivemos a presença na final de mais uma dupla brasileira , @parafinasurfdog e Augusto, nossos mais novos amigos. Mais uma vez a organização do @surfcitysurfdog foi perfeita, tive o apoio da torcida brasileira que me incentivou o tempo todo, gostaria de agradecer por todas as mensagens de incentivo e carinho que recebi , e principalmente aos meus patrocinadores que me ajudaram a realizar mais um sonho: @purinarevena @zee_dog @artinsurf @evoke _____________________________________ Three times champion on Tandem Division !!!! This year was so special because we even won the shedder division which is the category that Bono surfs by him self! Even though this event was considered the one with the biggest waves ever surfed in a dog contest , plus we've had two brazilians in the final wich became my new friends! Can't forget the love and incentive of the friends and the people from all over the world that supported me! I would like to thank my sponsors for the support to make it happen! #tricampeão #surfdog #brasil #muitaemoção #vaibono #gobono

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