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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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 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.
George, the Newfoundland, looking disappointed.
It was clear George was a little disappointed with his surfing results for the day.