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In pics: Watch these dogs beat the waves at unique US surf competition

world Updated: Sep 26, 2016 13:51 IST
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Surf dog Sully surfs a large wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (AFP)

Dogs big and small, and some in tandem with their owners, braved the large swell that greeted them at a surfing competition with a difference in California Sunday.

Some dogs bailed off their boards in spectacular wipeouts as waves pounded the shore, but that didn’t prevent many of the pups from wagging their tails at the Surf City Surf Dog event in Huntington Beach.

Dogs and their owners came from as far away as Florida, Australia and Brazil for the eighth edition of the annual event in aid of animal charities.

A surf dog catches a large wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach. (AFP)
A surfing dog and man compete in a tandem dog/human heat at the Surf Dog Competition. (AFP)
A surf dog rides a wave during the event. (AFP)
A surfing dog and man fight through incoming surf to waves at the Surf Dog Competition. (AFP)
A surfing dog named Sugar and Ryan Rustan paddle out in Huntington Beach, California. (AFP)
Surfing dogs run in to ocean at the start of a heat of the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog. (AFP)
Two dogs wipe out during the Surf City Surf Dog competition. (REUTERS)
A man surfs with his dog. (REUTERS)
A dog is carried up the beach after competing in the competition. (REUTERS)
A man carries a dog on his head during the competition. (REUTERS)

The rides were the last and most popular phase of the three-day event that started Friday.

Canine and human competitors had 12 minutes to catch their top five waves, with judges evaluating them on their confidence level, length of ride and overall ability to ride the wave.

“We got some small, but mighty SurFurs out there,” organizers said on Facebook.

The winner of the dog-only Shredder division was Bono, a Labrador owned by Ivan Moreira of Brazil.