Charlie the Golden Retriever wows crowds at California Canine Surfing Championships
Charlie the Golden Retriever showed off his skills in front of a large crowd and other competitors at the World Canine Surfing Championships in California as he dragged his board through the water and rode the waves on his own.
This year’s event was held at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, 15 miles south of San Francisco, on Aug. 6, where dogs of all kinds of breeds competed in different categories based on their size and physical condition. they are alone, riding with a person or another dog.
Charlie, a seven-year-old yellow Labrador, started surfing when he was a two-year-old puppy. He had driven to this year’s championships with his owner, Jeffrey Niebor, of San Diego.
He was cheered on by a crowd of at least 50 before being called up to compete in the large to extra-large dog category. The retriever then dragged his surfboard impressively through the water, before getting on it and catching as many waves as he could.
He ended up coming in second place and even managed to do a few pirouettes during his appearance on the water.
Charlie, a seven-year-old yellow Labrador retriever from San Diego, Calif., came second on Saturday in the large to extra-large dog category at the Dog Surfing Championships held in Pacficia, Calif. Pictured: Charlie dragging his board through the water from the beach on his own
With a little help from his owner, Jeffrey Niebor, Charlie managed to get on his surfboard and catch some big waves despite the cloudy weather
OUR TIME TO SHINE: Charlie gets up on all fours as his owner pushes his board deeper into the ocean water before surfing multiple waves
Charlie’s owner said of his performance: “I’ve had other surfers tell me I’m the hardest working guy because Charlie likes…he doesn’t sit still. He is so excited that he does not stay still.
‘He’ll jump off the board, jump on the board, jump off the board. And his weight is definitely a factor for me because I’m not the youngest and he’s not the smallest dog, but together we work well.
‘He knows what to do. And we do pretty well most of the time and have a great time doing it,” Neibor added.
The judges evaluate the performances according to several factors: the length and duration of the course, the position and the technique, the size, the courage and the intensity of the waves.
Some dogs prefer to ride on surfboards while standing on all four legs, while others prefer to squat or sit by leaning on their two front legs. However, Charlie got up without fear.
“It started with a camping trip to the beach,” Charlie’s owner, Jeffrey Niebor, told The Dodo. “When Charlie was a puppy, I pushed him on very small waves.”
THIS IS HOW IT DOES: Charlie caught a few waves in impressive fashion and was still full of energy when he came ashore
MINE: Charlie was offered help getting his surfboard ashore, but the retriever ended up doing it all on his own
Charlie, who started surfing at the age of two, came in second place in the event as a bulldog named Faith took first place.
The retriever loved it so much that the beach became his favorite place to have fun, instead of staying home and doing his usual activities of napping on the couch, making treats and to be petted.
“Once he started to figure out what to do, he got right into it,” Niebor recalls.
Charlie got used to the surf so quickly that it’s sometimes hard for his owner to keep up with his pace and intensity.
“If I have the board on the sand, I literally have to sit on it because he’s going to grab it and take off,” Niebor added.
Charlie’s owner said that was when he decided to enter his dog in dog surfing competitions, which usually raise money for animal centers.
The surf-loving retriever is no stranger to competition, having qualified for the finals the first two times he entered.
He went on to win several awards, although he did not take first place on Saturday.
The World Canine Surfing Championships in Pacifica have several categories in which dogs can compete: surfing with another dog (pictured), alone or with their owners
Faith, a Pitbull from Washington State (center, wearing glasses), won first prize in the large to extra-large dog category
Owners and dogs from all over the country come to participate in the event, usually held in the San Francisco area. Pacifica is 15 miles south of the Bay Area
In fact, it was Skyler, an Australian cattle dog, who took home the top prize, finishing first in the overall championship at the Top Dog Finals.
Faith, a Pitbull from Washington State, who competed in the large dog category, came in second place.
“It was amazing to see so many dogs coming together and just surfing. This is my first time seeing dogs surfing, so it was really good, and I hope my dog will be inspired,” said Prerani Rani, a dog owner from Santa Clara, Calif., who had just to see the event.
The Saturday surfing competition, labeled “the world’s first canine surfing event”, has been organized in the San Francisco area since 2006. It’s an opportunity for dogs to show off their skills and get adopted.