Dog surfing is a sport where dogs are trained to surf on surfboards, skimboards, bodyboards, windsurf boards or to bodysurf.
Such competitions have been around since the 1920s in California and Hawaii, USA. It became even more popular in the 1930s when a silent film was created called "On The Waves in Waikiki" where a man and his terrier were surfing together in a wooden surfboard in Hawaii. The terrier performed the hang-ten surfing maneuver on the surfboard.
Judges of dog surfing competitions judge the dog’s overall certainty on the board, size of the wave and the time duration of them up on their boards.
Dog surfing competitions occur in different states in the US. The largest dog surfing competition in the US is the Leows Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition, which first took place in 2006. A yearly dog surfing competition known as the “Surf City Surf Dog Competition” takes place in Huntington Beach, California which inaugurated in October 2009.
During the 2011 competition, over 50 dogs participated, ranging from small dogs to large dogs to tandem dogs. (two or more dogs surf on one board).
During the 2012 competition, three Guinness World Records were broken and a new record of eighteen dogs in one board was photographed. The same year, a surfing competition was held titled “The Incredible Dog Challenge Dog Surfing Competition” in San Diego, California.