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Pup, Pup and Away! Pooches Pounce on Waves at World Dog Surfing Championships

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A blue mohawk, reflective sunglasses, a Superman collar and gray hoodie comprised this pup's outfit of choice for the World Dog Surfing Championships. (Aug. 5, 2017)
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A whale pops out of the water near the World Dog Surfing Championships. (Aug. 5, 2017)
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Surfers take a gander at a whale swimming near the World Dog Surfing Championships. (Aug. 5, 2017)
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A whale hangs out near the World Dog Surfing Championships. (Aug. 5, 2017)
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A blue mohawk, reflective sunglasses, a Superman collar and gray hoodie comprised this pup's outfit of choice for the World Dog Surfing Championships.
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Pretty in pink! A dog with its humans watch pups shredding at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica.
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Surfboards are stacked up on the sand, ready for dogs to hang ten at the second annual World Surf Dog Championships.
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Scrutinizing the competition, Tristan is getting in the right headspace before hitting the waves.
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A dog gets a piggy-back ride from its owner.
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An organizer addresses participants and attendees at the popular event, which raises funds for dog-related nonprofits.
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A woman sets her dog loose on its surfboard.
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This pup handed the waves like a pro at the World Surf Dog Championships.
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A man pets his dog for doing a great job on the water.
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This dog is soaked, but loving it as it shows of its surfing skills to a rapt audience.
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The competition, hosted by TasteTV, is open to amateurs looking to ride the waves with some of the world's top dog surfers.
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This pooch, with its chic velour jacket, doesn't want to get its paws dirty.
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By serving treats and meal time on the surfboard, trainers say owners can reinforce staying on the board as opposed to getting off.
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A man proudly demonstrates his support for Team Skyler at the surfing competition.
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Make sure your dog can swim before attempting to get it on a surfboard, experts say.
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A lifevest with flames embodies how much heat this dog brought to the competition.
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And that's how it's done!
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A dog eyes its competition ahead of surfing in Pacifica.
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Instructors and trainers emphasize that the main point of surfing with dogs is to spend more time with your pet.
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Safety is critical. Regardless of whether the pooch goes out in the water alone or with its owner, most at least wear a doggy life jacket.
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