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Hang twenty, dude: Dogs take to the waves in Galveston for canine surfing event

Dogs take to the waves in Galveston for canine surfing event

dog surfing Galveston July 2013
Galveston canines took to the waves on Sunday for the first annual Dog Surf Competition. Photo courtesy of Ohana Surf & Skate
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
Organizer "Boog" Cram tells CultureMap his team was amazed how quickly the dogs find their balance. Photo courtesy of Ohana Surf & Skate
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
The event also feature adoption opportunities. Photo courtesy of Ohana Surf & Skate
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
Instructors for Ohana surf shop were on hand to assist both two- and four-legged participants. Photo courtesy of Ohana Surf & Skate
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
Dogs "selected" surfboards based on breed size. Photo courtesy of Ohana Surf & Skate
dog surfing competition Galveston July 2013
Bigger dogs took to classic longboards . . .  Photo courtesy of Galveston Island Humane Society
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
. . . while smaller breed opted for the modern shortboard. Photo courtesy of Ohana Surf & Skate
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
Dogs and their animal companions surfed the waves together. Photo courtesy of Ohana Surf & Skate
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
Food and refreshments were served back onshore for both pets and humans alike. Photo courtesy of Ohana Surf & Skate
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
dog surfing competition Galveston July 2013
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
dog surfing Galveston July 2013
dog surfing Galveston July 2013

Gnarley canines were ripping some serious H2O along Galveston Beach last weekend, as dozens of four-legged participants gathered for the first annual Dog Surf Competition. Sponsored by local surf shop Ohana, the Sunday event drew scores of curious onlookers while patient humans coaxed their animal companions onto the waves with rather surprising results.

"We've taught kids and adults how to surf for nine years now and thought it was time to try a new species," laughs Ohana co-owner William "Boog" Cram, who helped organize the contest to raise funds for the Galveston Island Human Society.

Surfboards were divvied up among dogs according to size. Labradors and Rottweilers rocked old school longboards while Chihuahuas and Jack Russells took to the shorter, modern-day variety.

"You'd think it would be complicated teaching a dog to stay on a board. But, honestly, they have this strange instinct for it. It's pretty amazing to watch."

Click through the slideshow above and watch the KHOU Ch. 11 report below:

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