Where to See Dogs Surf (And How to Get Your Pet Surfing, Too)

3 dogs take to the waves at Duke's OceanFest — Photo courtesy of Duke's OceanFest

3 dogs take to the waves at Duke's OceanFest — Photo courtesy of Duke's OceanFest

Humans aren’t the only ones who love a sunny day at the beach and catching tasty waves. Dog surfing has been gaining momentum around the world, and becoming a popular activity along the coasts and wherever pets and their owners gather by the shore. There are plenty of enthusiastic participants in the sport, including celebrity surf dogs, as well as pet owners who just want to hang ten with their favorite furry friends.

One of the most celebrated surf dogs today is Abbie, an Australian Kelpie rescue pup based in Silicon Valley, California. She is known as the longest-competing and most award-winning surfing dog of all time.

Abbie’s owner, Michael Uy, actually didn’t plan for Abbie to surf initially. But she loved to swim with him in the ocean and would often rest on surfboards. Eventually, she hopped on top of one and the rest is history. They’ve been competing in surfing events for the past 12 years, she’s won two Guinness World Records, flown in private jets, been featured in movies, has a custom board and a loyal following on social media.