Surfing dogs hit the water at Huntington Beach event – Orange County Register

The waves were small, but the surf was ruff.

Dogs big and small gathered to ride waves in Huntington Beach Saturday, Sept. 23, for the annual “Surf City Surf Dog” contest, which drew more than 40 pups to take on the 1-3 foot waves.

In addition to the surfing pooches that came from all around Southern California, there were international competitors, two canines from Brazil and a bulldog from Canada.

Huntington Beach’s Sugar is always a stand-out in the “shredder” division, surfing by herself on the board, while others rode tandem with their owners.

Abbie girl, a black-and-tan Australian kelpie, was the longest competing surfing dog in the crowd, marking her 10th year of riding waves. She just won a dog surfing world championship in San Francisco.

Her owner Michael Uy said Abbie girl was a rescue who he would take to the beach to rehab when he first got her. One day, the dog followed Uy out into the water while he swam, and soon he put her on a surfboard and she instantly stood up.

Her owner Michael Uy said Abbie girl was a rescue who he would take to the beach to rehab when he first got her. One day, the dog followed Uy out into the water while he swam, and soon he put her on a surfboard and she instantly stood up.

“She’s one of the only dogs that gets up on the board by herself, that’s how I know she wants to keep surfing. And when she falls off, she knows how to get back on the board,” said Uy, of Santa Monica.

“We just love getting out in the water with everyone,” he said. “On…

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