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9am-5pm AEST (Brisbane) | Mon-Friday Surfing Dog Spectacular 2013

From Surfing Dogs to TV Stars

The Surfing Dog Spectacular has generated even more woofs and waves in 2013! The surfing dog trend has swept the nation and will now feature on Channel Seven's Better Homes and Gardens, Friday May 3 at 7:00pm. Managing Director and in-house Vet, Dr Mark Perissinotto said he hopes more Australian pet owners will consider taking up the sport in the year ahead.

“I challenge Australian dog owners to take part in this dog surfing phenomenon – it is an extraordinary bonding activity for pet owners and their furry best friend,” Dr Perissinotto said.

The competition was held in March for the second year running as an opening event at the Noosa Festival of Surfing; proudly sponsored by the Advantage Family. Festival organizers were keen to have the doggie surfing stars back again this year, after they drew a crowd large enough to rival the spectators of the professional (people) surfing competition, in 2012.

"Since the inception of the Surfing Dog Spectacular in 2012, we have been thrilled to see the mounting national interest in surfing with dogs," Dr Perissinotto said.

"The positive feedback we have received from the public suggests; hanging one of four paws is even more impressive than hanging ten." 

The Surfing Dog Spectacular was again headlined by Chris De Aboitiz this year, a former tandem surfing world champion and professional dog trainer. Chris combines his two passions by surfing with his three dogs - known affectionately as The Pack. He has spread the word about dog surfing, which is often found to strengthen the bond between pet and owner; by providing Natural Balance Dog Training to pet owners across Australia. Similarly, the ongoing success of the Surfing Dog Spectacular has caused this dog surfing trend to quickly sweep the nation off its feet - or paws as the case may be! is a proud surfing sponsor of the Natural Balance Dog Training Pack: Lani, a Border Collie, Rama, a Kelpie cross Border Collie and Murf, an Australian Shepherd.

These three doggie stars, who made their surfing competition debut in the Surfing Dog Spectacular of 2012; definitely upped the ante in the 2013 event. This March, the dogs caught even more waves, all the way into the shore, where fans were clamouring in the shallows; hoping to give the furry surfers a pat for a job well done!

The Pack had warmed up for the big event during a light training session in the morning at Noosa River Spit Dog Beach; before heading to Noosa Main Beach for the afternoon competition, on March 10. The Natural Balance dogs then awed both festival and beach goers with another stunning surf paw-formance! 

There were definitely more woofs to be heard at the 2013 Surfing Dog Spectacular; as the arrival of three other surfing dog competitors set tails wagging. Another Border Collie named Pinto, Patches - a Jack Russel x Fox Terrier x Cattle Dog and Hugsley, a Spanador (Cocker Spaniel cross Labrador) demonstrated that any breed can be trained to surf alongside their owner.

In fact, these newcomers certainly gave the Natural Balance dog pack a run for their wet paws! Both the dogs and their owners took to the waves like seasoned professionals and one of them even took out the prestigious dog surfing award.

Chris's dogs showed they were still the ultimate surfing masters, as they rode the waves, completely unconcerned when Chris and his crew of surfing dog lovers swapped boards to team up with another four legged companion.

World champion surfer Layne Beachley and famous Australian veterinarian Dr Harry Cooper both presided over the dog surfing competition as competition judges. They presented Hugsley with the Best Wave Award - an engraved silver dog bowl trophy!

“It is fantastic to see big names both in the world of surfing and animal care getting involved in dog surfing,” Dr Perissinotto said.

For those dog or surfing lovers who weren't fortunate enough to see the surfing dogs live in action; you can surf the internet for the official YouTube clip.

The Surfing Dog Spectacular again proved to be a fun event for pooches, professionals, pet lovers and the public alike, in 2013.

"I hope both the event and the segment on Friday's Better Home and Gardens will inspire many more pet owners who love their pets and the surf to combine these two great loves by giving dog surfing a try," Dr Perissinotto said.



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