As you can see by this picture, I tried to teach one of my pups to surf, without much success!! They are nothing like Buddy, a 15 lbs Jack Russell terrier who has been surfing for 10 of his 12 years alongside owner Bruce Hooker, 53, from California!!!
Buddy usually hits the waves three times a week and walks up to 12km daily to stay fit for the ocean!!! I can hardly get my boys to do one lap in the pool!!
Buddy doesn’t only surf for pleasure… he also competes, along with 60 other dogs in the Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog competition (a fundraiser for pet-related charities). Only in California! haha. The rules of the contest? Every canine has 10 minutes to catch his or her best wave and will be judged on confidence level, length of ride and overall ability to “grip it and rip it”
“He’s really passionate about it. He sees this as a game and he wants to play. I’m sure he’s ridden more waves than any other dogs,” said Hooker, a salesman and lifelong surfer who serves as Buddy’s coach and spotter. COACH AND SPOTTER??? THIS IS NUTS!!
“My job is to get him into the critical part of the wave,” said Hooker, proud that Buddy came first in his “heat,” or weight class, in last year’s contest.
THIS STORY GETS BETTER!
While Loews was one of the original surf dog competitions several others have emerged in recent years, giving rise to dog surf clubs, lessons, and businesses that sell doggy surfing accessories such as custom boards, wet suits and life jackets. Can you imagine trying to get your pooch into a wet suit!!! haha oh Lord!
Check out Buddy’s websites and this video of him in action!