More than 50 dogs of different breeds came together on the San Diego shore for the 7th annual dog surfing competition, known officially as the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition. Hundreds of people attended the event.
The Telegraph reports that dogs competed in ten minute heats and were scored on their best two waves. The heats came in three size categories: small dogs, large dogs and tandem dogs. MSN Now reports the heats include longest ride, best tandem ride and first father-daughter-dog ride.
According to the judges, they looked for confidence of the competitors, long wave ride and "sense of fashion."
The Telegraph reports that Teevan McManus, owner of Coronado Surfing Academy and one of the judges at the competition, explained that, "What we're looking for could be length of ride, maybe that little bit of extra flair that a dog has, from the way they're dressed up to, maybe some sunglasses, whatever it might be, and then we're always looking for something that stands out."
Winners this year under the small dog category were returning champs Michael Uy and his Australian kelpie, Abbie Girl. This is the third time the two took the first place prize.
Daily Mail reports Uy said: "You know actually this year I was injured so, a little bit of an underdog coming in but we do this because we love surfing together in the water. So, it's kind of amazing how all of this has come about, we are very honored."
Winners receive a special vacation package at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and snacks for their pets. The competition also helped to raise money for the American society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
According to Daily Mail, for avid fans of the sport it is more than just light entertainment. Dog surfing enthusiasts take the sport very seriously