Dogs On Surfboards

Surf's up! Four-legged friends fearlessly ride the waves and hang 10 at Galveston competition

Surf's up! Four-legged friends hang 10 at Galveston competition

Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Surfs up for this pooch at the Fourth Annual Ohana Dog Surf Competition. Photo by Leslie Pelonero
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
His future's so bright, he's gotta wear shades. Photo by Leslie Pelonero
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
TheFourth Annual Ohana Dog Surf Competition brought out fearless pooches who weren't afraid of hopping on a surfboard and riding the waves. Photo by Leslie Pelonero
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Everybody's gone surfin'. Photo by Leslie Pelonero
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
The winners circle. Photo by Leslie Pelonero
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Contestants included miniature winners. Photo by Leslie Pelonero
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Good form! Photo by Leslie Pelonero
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Fun times on the board. Photo by Leslie Pelonero
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016
Ohana surf dog competition in Galveston July 2016

The beach just west of Galveston's Pleasure Pier was Surf Central last weekend as the Fourth Annual Ohana Dog Surf Competition brought out fearless pooches who weren't afraid of hopping on a surfboard and riding the waves.

The fun event, held at Ohana Surf & Skate, a surf camp usually reserved for kids and private lessons for adults, brought out 26 dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes who faced off in an open competition. Contestants ranged from miniature Chihuahuas to large lab mixes.

Crowd favorite Molly, a Red Heeler owned by Paul and Nicole Gavin, took top honors, followed by Chihuahuas Minnie Mouse and Tinkerbell and a hairless breed named Bruce.  

The Galveston Island Humane Society was the beneficiary of the event and also facilitated two pet  adoptions — Nissan (a terrier mix) and Monopoly (a lab mix).