Surfing dog is a splash hit in Newquay

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By newquaypeople | Monday, November 14, 2011, 10:49

A two-year-old Labrador called Mango is making waves after being taught to surf by its owner in Newquay, Cornwall.


The Cornish dog is the star of a new video posted on Youtube by owner Matt Slater who is the curator of Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium.


The video shows Matt and his children giving Mango lessons on a boogie board in a rockpool on Crantock beach in Newquay before heading out into the proper surf.


"I'm Cornish born and bred, have always loved being in and on the sea and have been surfing seriously for twenty years now," said Matt.


"As a family we spend as much time as we can on the beach and in the sea and it looks like our enthusiasm has rubbed off on Mango.


'We first discovered that mango was up for surfing when she followed my wife and I right  out into the surf one day – she is not afraid to swim out back on her own so the next step was to get a bigger board and put her on it!


"In the video you can see how excellent her board skills are. We start off with her in a rockpool, throwing a ball into the water and then we introduce a body board which she jumps on to and glides across the water to get to the ball.


"Once she'd mastered that we move out into the sea and she joins me on the surfboard. I can tell her to go up the front when a wave is coming and then we catch the wave together!."


"She really seems to enjoy it, and she is absolutely fearless. Plus it's a great way of exercising her as she does end up doing a fair bit of swimming –  it beats boring walks every day!  We only go out in surf which is head high, for a dog, but she's absolutely fearless. I'd love to get her out on a really nice point break one day.. ,maybe we will get invited to a dog surf contest in California?!! "



  • Profile image for J4ssification

    This is amazing! So lovely to have some happy news.... it's got my tail wagging for sure!

    By J4ssification at 11:57 on 14/11/11

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