The most important thing I learned at the seventh annual Surf City Surf Dog Competition in Huntington Beach: there are dog lifeguards. Not actual dogs who serve as lifeguards, you boob, and please exit the building for thinking that. They’re people. But their sole job is to save dogs who are thrown off their boards during the competition. Apparently this happens a lot.
But not to Hanzo, a bulldog who has become the crowd favorite for about three years running. He was again in top form on Sunday (See above, and in the video).
Why the U.S. will always be greater than China: they eat dogs there. Over here, they are taught to surf.
Other things that make me smile:
— The term “puparazzi”.
— Dog life vests.
— This sentence: Waves were generally mellow for the dogs, although during the morning heats the tide was high and a pounding shorebreak sent the pups flying, their boards popping out from under them.
— There’s a dog surfing circuit in southern California, with some dogs attending as many as five surf competitions a season.