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Bitchin’ surf skills make Lily top dog


Talented canines have been taking to the waves at the Dog Surfing Championships in Florida.

The event took place in challenging conditions on Easter Sunday but a labrador named Lily overcame choppy waters to claim a dominant victory.

Six-year-old Lily has been surfing since she was just weeks old and put in an impressive performance in front of a crowd of thousands.

Her owner and trainer Michael Vogt told Florida Today: “She had a blast.

“It was fun but it all benefits the Brevard Humane Society and that’s what’s important.”

The event host said though conditions were ruff on the day, the dogs fought tooth and nail to claim the crown.

“Everybody had a really good time,” he said.

“The winds were high but they stuck it out.

“And the dogs were awesome. Cocoa Beach doesn’t let dogs on the beach (except around Murkshe Park, far south).

“But for all the dogs we had and how well (they behaved) and how the owners were responsible … I mean, pets are like people’s family.”

The event took place following coronavirus guidelines after last year’s championship was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The dogs also brought cheer to the crowd with a red carpet contest in which pooches called Darcy and Winston took top honours.

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