Board Work Barking Rights: Dog Wins Surf-A-Thon for Fifth Time

The dominant run of Buddy the Jack Russell terrier continues.

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Board Work Barking Rights: Dog Wins Surf-A-Thon for Fifth Time
14-year-old Jack Russell terrier Buddy from Ventura was crowned top dog at the sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon. (Photo: Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon)

Four thousand spectators packed Dog Beach in Del Mar, California, on Sunday afternoon for the sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon.

The competition wasn’t so much of a contest as it was a coronation. For the fifth time in six years, Buddy, a 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier from Ventura was crowned top dog.

His dominance did not go unnoticed: he won a trophy and a year’s supply of Eukanuba dog food. He was also selected as the first inductee into the Surf Dog Hall of Fame. Yes, such a thing exists.

“Woof, woof, woooOOOOOooooof,” said Buddy to reporters after his victory. "WoooOOOOOooooffffuh," he continued, before running off to sniff a fellow competitor’s backside.

Buddy’s BFF and owner, Bruce Hooker, gave hope to his prized pooch’s canine competitors by hinting at the fact the champion may hang up his surfboard, reports UPI. “That last heat was probably the best of Buddy’s life,” said Hooker.

Eighty dogs competed in four weight classes. Winners were chosen by a group of celebrity judges, including world champion tandem surfer Guy Takayama.

The event raised more than $100,000 for the Helen Woodward Animal Center, a no-kill animal center located in San Diego.