Can dogs surf? Indeed they can, and they do! Humans aren’t the only “surf dogs” – surfers’ four-legged friends love water too and love catching waves. These amphibious canines are special creatures: top surfers believe that dogs who learn to surf develop a unique attitude, knowing they have something that sets them apart from other dogs.
History of Dog Surfing
The very first Surf Dog competition in history was in California, where else? It was conceived and proposed by the author of the book, The Dog’s Guide to Surfing and for anyone who loves the antics of man’s best friend, The Dog’s Guide to Surfing is indispensable, collecting stories, lessons, and advice in one richly illustrated tome.
There’s also plenty of info on surf gear and riding a wave, both with and without a pooch. From mounting a massive seven-footer to simply playing in the water, The Dog’s Guide to Surfing shows how to really be a surf dog.
Surf Dog Competitions sponsored by TasteTV were originally created by TCB Cafe Publishing as the “Small Wave Surf Dog Competition” in 2006. After approaching a local Southern California hotel to host the competition, the debut event took place at the Loews Coronado hotel in San Diego.
Its success was so great that it has spawned several similar dog surfing events across the world, including many in California, Florida, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
TCB Cafe Publishing is now expanding its original Surf Dog Competition to an International surf dog contest series including local surf groups, dog and pet organizations, and fun-loving friends for the title of “World Surf Dog Champion”.
Pro Surfer Nique Miller Judge
Pro Surfer Nique Miller was one of the judges of the World Dog Surfing Championships “Best Waves” competition on Saturday, 2 October. Amongst her titles and professional achievements, Nique is known as “a standout performer on the APP and WSL.” She was interviewed and featured in Conde Nast Traveler and Hola!
Ruff waves didn’t stop the pooches from competing to be Top Dog and catching the rips! Watch the event below:
Five Best Surf Breeds
1. Bulldog: If you search the internet for “surfing dog” or “skating dog,” you’ll find that bulldogs often come up top of the list. With their low centres of gravity, this breed can easily be trained to ride a board.
2. Portuguese Water Dog: As the name suggests, these shaggy, happy-go-lucky dogs are super remarkably smart and great swimmers, making them ideal beach companions and great wave riders.
3. Irish Water Spaniel: These dogs were born to be water babies and will happily spend all day in the surf with you on and off the board. Their coat is basically waterproof, and they’re built to swim, so they may be the perfect surfing pup.
4. Labrador Retriever: once known as the St. John’s Water Dog because they hung out at the Canadian coast and helped the fishermen catch the ones that got away, these are also the number one dog breed in the US for over a decade because they’re lovable and smart, and adapt easily to learning new things.
5. German Shorthaired Pointer: super swimmers with great balance, these dogs are super easy to train on a board. Tell them to stand still, and they will look like a statue until told to move, and the short, sleek coat makes them virtually waterproof.