Dog Surfing Contest 2014

The Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach was last weekend.

A few years ago, I shot the event and met a nice man named Colin.

Colin has a landseer (black and white) Newfoundland dog named George.

Colin has stayed in touch with me.

He lives in Toronto, Canada, and decided to bring George back to California for this year’s surfing event.

Colin invited me to come shoot the surfing contest.

I was thrilled to be provided a coveted “puparazzi” media pass.

Here’s a photo of Colin and George before the event:

Surfing Dog 3 George © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Colin and George check out the waves.

It was great to see them again.

Colin gave me a hug and George gave me a few slobbery kisses.

Surfing dog photos are always fun for everyone.

A bulldog named Newman did very well:

Surfing Dog 2 © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Newman, the bulldog, catches a wave.

Bulldogs are heavy with a low center of gravity.

It makes them good surfers.

I think this next dog’s name was Faith.

She seemed to know what she was doing.

Surfing Dog 1 © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Faith, the dog, looked like a veteran surfer.

I couldn’t believe the media – they were out in full force!

There was a huge section to allow us to get good photos, but photographers were popping up everywhere.

Poodle Surfing © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

This poodle was a great surfer and was unfazed by the cameras.

It’s impossible not to smile when covering an event like this.

There are dogs jumping into the water when they shouldn’t.

There are dogs chewing on surfboards.

There are dogs who ham it up for the crowd.

This particular dog knew when a wipeout was inevitable and decided to bail out at the last possible moment:

Surfing Dog Bails © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Dog wipes out surfing.

Some of the dogs have even learned tricks.

For surfers, it can take a lot of practice to learn to do a reverse.

This Westie pulled it off easily:

Westie Surfing © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Westie surfing backwards – a perfect reverse.

George swam some, but had no interest in surfing this year.

Maybe he was tired from the long trip from Toronto to Huntington Beach?

Maybe the waves were too rough, or maybe George is just getting a little older.

Surfing Dog 4 George © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

George, the Newfoundland, looking disappointed.


It was clear George was a little disappointed with his surfing results for the day.


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