Held in Imperial Beach, CA, this past week, the judges rate each canine contestant based on endurance and ability to catch a wave. Oh, and tail wagging is apparently pretty important, too.
"The popular San Diego area contest, like many of the growing number of dog surfing events being held in southern California each year, is a fundraiser for pet-related charities, said Loews General Manager Kathleen Cochran.
This year proceeds will be donated to the San Diego Police Canine unit. The rules of the contest? Every canine has 10 minutes to catch his or her best wave and will be judged on confidence level, length of ride and overall ability to 'grip it and rip it,; Cochran said.
'I personally look for attire, whether they come dressed seriously with board shorts on, what's going on with their tails, whether they're wagging them or sitting on them,' said Cochran.
'For me that means they're having fun and that's what this is all about.'"
I have to admit I find the last few photos kinda unsettling. If there ever was a truly certifiably sick pet owner...