World Dog Surfing Champs held in California

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The World Dog Surfing Champs have been held at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, California.

The competition sees dogs dressed in beach-appropriate clothing, including sunglasses, costumes, and doggy-size life jackets.

The dogs are judged on some of the same categories as a human surfing competition, from technique to the length of the ride.

Awards are handed out based on dog size (Small, Medium, Large/XL) as well as other categories, including Human/Dog Tandem.

The main winner was an Australian cattle dog named Skyler who nabbed first place as the Top Dog Final Overall Champ.

Though dog surfing is said to have started in the 1920s, it was first recorded circa 1932 in the silent film On the Waves at Waikiki.

The World Dog Surfing Championships has been held on the California coast since 2016, and it is one of several such contests that have been established around the world.

For the record, Abbie Girl, an Australian dog set a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records for the longest wave surfed by a dog in open water. Abbie Girl rode her wave for 351-feet at Ocean Beach in San Diego, California, on Oct. 18, 2011.

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