Photo by Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
Talented canines took to the water to compete in the dog surfing competition at Huntington Dog Beach on September 25. The dogs made a splash in the 2021 Surf City Surf Dog event, the highlight of which is a multi-heat dog surfing competition.
SurFURS, as the competitors were called, competed individually in Weight-Based and Shredder heats, with the latter event reserved for advanced or pro surFURS. Pet parents who want to ride alongside their pets competed in the Tandem division, which allowed two dogs or one dog and one human to ride the waves together.
Each competitor was given 12 minutes to catch their top five waves and impress the panel of judges, which was made up of local celebrities and surfing professionals.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the surFURS were evaluated according to their confidence level, length of ride, and skill in riding the waves.
Spectators enjoyed the event for free, while the competitors received collector shirts and medals upon registration
The 2021 Surf City Surf Dog event also hosted several activities that catered to non-surfing pets and their human companions. The event featured pet adoptions, play zones for canines, and food and vendor booths on site.
The proceeds of the event benefitted charity partners, which included Huntington Dog Beach, French Bull Dog Rescue, Barks of Love, and Westie Rescue Orange County & Beyond.
Introducing Dogs to the Sea
Some dogs take to the water like fish, while others prefer to stay on the shore. When taking pets to dog-friendly beaches or any significant bodies of water, it’s important for pet owners to use custom dog collars, harnesses, or leashes. This way, they can keep their eyes on their pets and ensure that their dogs are out of danger at all times.
Pet parents must also bring all the necessary accessories and items, such as custom collapsible travel cups, water, and treats. These will keep their pups hydrated and well-fed while they’re out.
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