Linda Mar State Beach in Pacifica hosted the second annual World Dog Surfing Championships on Saturday.
"How often do you get a chance to see a dog ride a surfboard?" spectator Toshio Hirano asked SFGate.
All the time, apparently. According to the Gate, there are "World Championship" dog surfing contests all around Southern California. Last year's Pacifica World Dog Surfing Championships (WDSC) winner, Abbie the Australian Kelpie, was on hand, having returned to the scene of her triumph from her home in San Diego.
"You want a dog to be mellow. I never grab her and put her on the board. I wait for her to get on by herself," explained Abbie's owner Michael Uy.
Dogs were awarded prizes for staying on their surfboard the longest. There was also a costume contest, wellness fair, and pet adoptions, not to mention tons of vendors, set up along the beach. One woman was selling doggie socks for $30 a pop. Hundreds attended this weekend's WDSC including, according to the Chron's Steve Rubenstein, an off-shore whale.
ABC 7 reports that Abbie took home the trophy for the second year in a row.