Weird world of sport

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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