• Surf's pup! Man's best friend takes to the waves in California competition
  • Pacifica, California, Aug 6 (efe-epa).- For coast-dwelling Californians, the sight of a cool surfer effortlessly carving up waves is not likely to raise many eyebrows, but a unique four-legged showcase just outside San Francisco may have warranted a double take, as documented in epa images compiled on Sunday.

    Hanging ten at the World Dog Surfing Championships at Linda Mar Beach near San Francisco on Saturday were the likes of Pickles, Teddy, Derby and Two-Scoops, family pets with a penchant for big swell.

    Derby looked the part indeed, having turned up to compete in the tandem event kitted out with a little life-jacket, red sunglasses and a blue mohawk, as photographed by epa.

    Some of the canine competitors looked more confident than others, including Skyler, who spent time perched on the front of the board like a ship's captain while her owner, Homer, navigated the waves.

    Sampson the King Charles spaniel was a little less impressed and arrived back to shore looking rather bedraggled.

    Not one to be left out, Pickles the pig also made an appearance at the surfing extravaganza and even sported a bow-tie for the event.

    The World Dog Surfing Championships donates a portion of the proceeds raised at the event to dog-related charities.