06/18/2012 12:41 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Dog Surfing Champions Catch A Wave Of Glory In San Diego (VIDEO)

If you were a dog near Imperial Beach, Calif., this past weekend, there was a good chance you were dog tired from surfing.

This beach town near the Mexican border was the site of the 7th Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition, and more than 50 pooches of various breeds attempted to hang 10, walk the nose and pull off other surfing maneuvers despite water temperatures hovering around 65 degrees.

Each surfing schnauzer or wave-riding weimaraner competed in 10 minute heats and were scored on their best two waves. After being separated in one of three categories, small dogs, large dogs and tandem dogs (dogs surfing with humans), the beachy bowsers were judged on their confidence, length of ride and fashion, according to judge Teevan McManus.


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"So what we're looking for could be length of ride, maybe that little bit of extra flair that a dog has, from the way they're dressed up to, maybe some sunglasses, whatever it might be. And then we're always looking for something that stands out," McManus told the Daily Telegraph.

A world record may have also been set for most dogs surfing on one board. That would be 14, according to, but the record hasn't been confirmed by Guinness World Records.

As far as winning dog surfers, it was a "three-peat" in the small dog category for an Australian kelpie named Abbie Girl and her human, Michael Uy, who did not expect this win.

"You know actually this year I was injured so, a little bit of an underdog coming in but we do this because we love surfing together in the water," Uy told Sky News. "So, it's kind of amazing how all of this has come about. We are very honored."

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