Every man and his dog at First Point Noosa. Photo: Geoff Potter
Every man and his dog at First Point Noosa. Photo: Geoff Potter

It's a dog fight out in the surf

IT'S hanging 20 - or 30 if you count the bloke on the back.

Pooches will take like fish to water next month, doggie-paddling their boards out to catch a wave at Noosa.

The Surf Dog Spectacular, to be held as part of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, is said to be the first official dog surf event held in Australia.

Sea dogs like Larney and her master Chris De Aboitiz  will face-off against other ocean-loving canines on the Sunshine Coast.

Competition will take form in five-year-old poodle Reggie, who will tackle the waves with his offsider Hayden Stintman.

Reggie is a regular on the water, and customers of Hayden's Stand Up Paddle Surf Australia are loyal fans of the poodle's techniques.

Hayden's father, Harry Stintman, had fighting words for De Aboitiz yesterday.

He said Reggie was a dog from "out west" that came to the Coast and conquered the beach.

"Larney's the surfer dog that's had plenty of exposure, but Reggie will beat him on the board," Harry said.

"Chris is a world champion but that doesn't mean a thing," he joked.

Surf Dog Spectacular will be held at Noosa about 4.30pm on March 11.


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