With a beach full of smartphone-camera-bearing humans looking on, the contestants in Northern California’s first-ever and hopefully annual World Championship for Dog Surfing hopped on their boards one by one and headed out.
Some were veterans, like solo surfer and world-record holder Abbie Girl.
“People ask me, how do you teach a dog to surf?” said Abbie’s partner, Michael Uy, a San Diego tech entrepreneur who’s helped turn this Australian Kelpie into a canine rock star in the world of dog surfing. “You don’t. They first just got to like it, and they kind of discover surfing on their own.
“Abbie started surfing even before I did,” he said. “And now she’s the only dog to have surfed both the East and West coasts, not to mention having met the mayor of Maui.”
All morning long, Linda Mar Beach drew more and more spectators to the event, part surf contest, part beach fashion show, with a $30 entry fee that went to support local canine-related causes.
“Dog surfing has gotten really big in Southern California and spread to places like Florida, Texas and even Australia,” said event organizer Andre Crump with San Francisco-based TasteTV, a food-focused multiplatform content producer. “But since it hadn’t come to Northern California, we decided to bring it here.”
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