18/06/2012 06:31 BST | Updated 18/06/2012 10:38 BST

Dog Surfing, Canines Hang Ten At 7th Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition (PICTURES)

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One man and his dog: Competitors prepare to show their skills

The shores of San Diego’s Coronado Bay were lined with canine surfers this weekend as hounds went head to head to be crowned top dog.

The seventh annual Loews Surf Dog competition saw over 50 dogs compete in ten minute heats, with scores based on their best two waves.

Australian Kelpie Abbie Girl took first place in the small dogs heat, with Torri, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever taking second and Kona, a GSD-mix coming third.

The second heat (big dogs) saw Ricochet, a Golden Retriever and ASPCA Dog of the Year take the top spot and the victors in the tandem third heat were Zoey, a Jack Russell Terrier and owners Scott and Tyler Chandler.


Click here for a full list of winners.

Teevan McManus, owner of Coronado Surfing Academy and a judge at the competition told the Telegraph: “So what we’re looking for could be length of ride, maybe that little bit of extra flair that a dog has, from the way they’re dressed up to, maybe some sunglasses, whatever it might be, and then we’re always looking for something that stands out.”

The event was such a success it set three Guinness World Records, including one for most dogs riding on a surfboard (17).

Winners enjoy a holiday package at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and treats for their pets.

All profits from the event will go to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.