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Surfing Dog Spectacular Set to Make Waves

Surf Dog Spectacular Set to Make Waves

Lookout surfing world, a new breed of furry surfers are ready to steal the show as part of the Surf Dog Spectacular which will take place on March 11, 2012 at 4:30pm at Noosa Main Beach as a main attraction of the opening ceremony at the annual Noosa Festival of Surfing.

The Surfing Dog Spectacular, sponsored by Bayer, is tipped to be a favourite event this year for the spectators at the Noosa Festival of Surfing and is also set to make history, being the first ever official surfing dog event to be held in Australia.

Managing director and head Veterinarian at Online Pet Supplies retailer, Dr Mark Perissinotto believes it was about time the surfing dog trend made its way to our very own shores.

"We have watched the surfing dog craze take off in the US with an annual contest now held every year in California and we thought it was about time the Aussie dogs had a chance to hit the water and show everyone what they have got," Dr Perissinotto said.

Headlining the Surfing dog event will be former world tandem surfing champion and Natural Balance dog trainer Chris De Aboitiz who has been riding waves with his super surf dog Lani for years. Chris has also taught many other surfing dogs how to ride a wave, with a selection of them also set to show off their doggy surfing skills at the event.


The Advantage Family™ A-Team member, Giaan Rooney, will make a guest appearance to show her support for the furry participants, ready to steal the show as a new breed of surfers show spectators how it’s done.

Giaan is supporting the launch as part of her role with The Advantage Family™ A-Team. The Advantage Family™ A-Team is a group of experts committed to helping you and your pet live a healthy and happy life.

Speaking about her involvement Giaan said, “I am delighted to be a part of this event. It is so great to see another way that Australians are getting out and about and keeping healthy with their pets. As a nation of surf fanatics it was only a matter of time before we got our dogs involved and I can’t wait to see what the competitors do on the day. My own dog Lester loves to be in the water with me and to swim. I only wish he could have come with me to take part!”

Since the early beach boys started taking their dogs out in the surf with them at famous surf break, Waikiki more than 90 years ago, the sport has made stars out of some of them and can today be seen internationally as a sport some owners get very serious about.

Dr Perissinotto did however explain that the Dog Surf Spectacular will be an exhibition only event this year and strictly for fun, however isn’t ruling out a more serious and competitive event in future years.

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