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Hang Ten! Surfing Canines Hit Huntington Beach

(SURFING DOGS)  What tricks can your dog do – shake, speak, slobber? How about surf? That’s right, Southern California’s dogs are taking to the waves and showing spectators that skateboarding bulldogs are old news. Check out the photo gallery from Sunday’s Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach! — Global Animal

Los Angeles Times, Bryan Chan

Nearly two-dozen dogs competed Sunday in the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach.

All around Huntington’s dog beach Sunday were Labradors and boxers, bulldogs and Jack Russell terriers — and just about every other breed, large and small — surrounded by competitors, spectators and a host of businesses set up to cater to them.

Competition started just before 10 a.m. The dogs each had 30 to 40 minutes to show off their skills and were judged on a point system. The goal, of course, was to stay on the board and ride to shore. Doing that while standing on all fours was worth a lot more than doing it lying down. And doing it backward or managing to recover after almost falling off was rewarded with more points.

A group-ride takes to the waves in Huntington Beach on Sunday, when the third Surf City Surf Dog competition was held. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Joey launches off his board Sunday. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Hanzo hangs four paws in his Hawaiian shirt on Sunday. The canine surfing context was held at Huntington's dog beach. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Hanzo, a boxer, tumbles into the water. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Elliot, an American bulldog, keeps his head up in the whitewash on Sunday. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Newman, an English bulldog, leaps off his board. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Joey surfed in the small dog category Sunday. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Luigi is a picture of balance -- must be the ears. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Keyhey, a terrier mix, gets a hand during the small dog competition in Huntington Beach. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Joey shows off his board shorts before surfing. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Chris Berkenkamp of Santa Monica dries off Elliot, his American bulldog who was found in Compton. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Michael Uy gets in tune with Abbie before the competition Sunday. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Joey gets airlifted to the water before his heat Sunday at the Huntington dog beach. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

Hanzo waits for his chance to surf. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

This big guy is carried out to the waves. Beats dog paddling. Photo credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times

More Los Angeles Times: http://framework.latimes.com/2011/09/25/sit-stay-surf-surfing-dogs-in-huntington-beach/#/0

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