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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Go Ricochet

Last Sunday, September 25, 2011, we went to watch the Del Mar Surf Dog Surfathon, world's largest surfing dog competition. The competition was divided into 4 weight classes: the small dog heat, the medium sized dog heat, the large dog heat and the extra large dog heat. The winners in every heat competed for the final prize. There were 80 dogs who entered the contest, and about 4,000 people lined up the beach to watch. We were only able to watch the large dog heat. Here are some pictures of the surfing dog participants in the large dog heat. Who do you think will win? All these dogs can surf alone, but I purposely included the members of their team who cheered on them. I do not know what the name of their team, but I will be calling them according to their color. 
 Team Yellow
 Team Pink
 Team Orange
Team Red 
Team Purple 
 Team Blue ( I was not able to take picture with his team)
It was very fun to watch these dogs ride the waves on their surf board. Of course, I right away cheered for Team Pink, because that is my color. It was not easy to take pictures though because what with thousands of people on the beach.
Spectators of Dog Surfing Competition
It was just hard to take pictures without people in front of me :( And if I move away from people, I would get wet, which I had no intention of getting wet at all since we still have to hike back to Torrey Pines. A lot of photographers however, had fun shooting with the waves and I believe getting wet.
I'm sure his camera got wet by the splashing waves
Photographing with a Waterproof Sealed Camera
Going back to the surfing dog competition-large dog heat, who do you think won?? All these dogs can surf, but they were judged according to the length of time they can ride on the surfboard, their poise ( they show confidence), their maneuvers ( they can manage to do some turns in surfing and catch wave) etc. Well, so happy to share to you, that the dog I cheered won :) Team Pink won :)
Ricochet- winner in Large Dog Heat
I love watching Ricochet because she looked so poised and confident surfing, and well, she maneuvers turning on the board too with utmost confidence as well. 
Ricochet Can Turn
Over-all though, Ricochet did not win the event, she was only 2nd when all the finalists from each category competed for the grand prize. However, I am so glad to know that Surf Dog Ricochet is a star :) She is one of the top 8 finalists of the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. She surfs tandem with special needs kids and people with disabilities. If you go to her Facebook Surf Dog Ricochet site, this is what she says for her description: " LIVING A LIFESTYLE OF HELPING OTHERS BY PAWING IT FORWARD, WHILE RAISING AWARENESS & FUNDS FOR HUMAN/ANIMAL CAUSES, INCLUDING ADAPTIVE SURFERS, SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS, K9 CANCER, AND ANIMAL RESCUE/SHELTERS. I SURF FOR FUN & WIN CONTESTS TOO! I USUALLY PLACE IN THE TOP THREE AT SURF DOG CONTESTS, TAKING HOME MEDALS...." 
Go go Ricochet, I admire your purpose of helping the disabled communities and raising over $100,000 for your adopted charity. I wish to see you tandem surfing later with special needs kids or people with disabilities. May your good deeds continue to inspire othes, and wishing you the best in winning the American Hero Dog Awards. If you have some time to watch how Ricochet turned into a humanitarian dog, watch the video below, I find it very inspiring that a weakness has been turned to strength! Indeed, there is no failure when we focus on what we can do, and that's what Ricochet showed the world!

6 comments:

  1. AN AMAZING VIDEO.. MY EYES ARE FULL OF TEARS. JUST FOR A TREAT OR TWO THE DOG HAS GIVEN A NEW LIFE TO THE DISABLED BOY. GOD HAS GIFTED US SUCH A KIND CREATION.

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  2. wow, simply amazing! immensely enjoyed this post!!!

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  3. thanks so much @ Navqee and Zen, @Navqee, I share the same emotions when I watched the video too, my eyes got full with tears, and Ricochet's other videos were as touching too.

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  4. Oh wow Beth, this is really interesting ! It must be fun to watch those dogs !

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  5. OMG Ricochet, you are amazing !!! Paw it forward. I learned another good lesson here "focus on what you can do, instead of those you can't"

    Thanks Beth for sharing this post !

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  6. Beautiful post...amazing shots!

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