Weird world of sport
THE eighth annual dog surfing competition was held in June, where man’s best friend took to the waves to pit their paws against each other. Almost 50 dogs showed up in Huntington Beach in the US to compete in the annual Surf City Surf Dog event, with hundreds of dog- loving spectators converging on the sandy beaches to watch pups brave up to four-foot waves and strong currents. In the championship, dogs compete in 10-minute heats and are scored on the best two waves. Simultaneously a Guinness world record attempt was made when Californian surfer Scott Chandler attempted to set the record for most dogs surfing on one surfboard. With 20 pooches aboard, three fell off but he secured the world record, hanging in 17 pooches. For lovers of the furry friend out there, fearing animal cruelty, don’t worry - the event is organised quite to the contrary, to benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to promote the positive aspects of dog ownership and create awareness of cruelty to animals.