You ready to learn about surFURS? Get it? Yes! Surfing Dogs!
People have probably been surfing with dogs just about as long as people have been surfing. And, like surfing, it all began in Hawaii. As early as the 1930’s there is footage - a silent film titled On The Waves in Waikiki - of Philip K Auna surfing with this dog Night Hawk, a terrier, surfin in Hawaii. It was shockingly crowded for the 1930’s but there you have a dog surfing. A lot. He can even do a hang ten! Watch!
How cool is that???? It’s amazing to me that there were crowds, even back then.
By 1944 National Geographic had caught on to the phenomenon and had this awesome photo of Rusty surfing with his human.
In the 1950’s we have our first international star, with Scooter Boy and his dog Sandy surfing Hawaii. Their images are shown throughout the world in newspapers and on a show called “You asked for it!” (which sounds like a 1950’s TV version of RoShamBo!) According to The Encyclopedia of Surfing “Sandy was so popular, she “could go anywhere in Hawaii, scratch on a door and get a place to sleep, go to any restaraunt and get served” When she died in 1958 The waikiki beachboys bore her ashes out to sea on a flotilla of canoes.
And that’s just a taste of what we cover in this fun summertime treat! We’re meet some current heroes like
And there’s competitions! like The World Surf Dog Championships! And more. It’s PAW-some (sorry.)