Cornwall

Newquay dog surfer becomes internet hit

  • 14 November 2011
  • From the section Cornwall

A two-year-old Labrador from Newquay is making waves after being taught to surf by its owner.

The Cornish dog, called Mango, is the star of a new video posted on You tube by its owner Matt Slater.

The video shows him and his children giving Mango lessons on a boogie board in a rockpool on Crantock beach in Newquay.

Mr Slater and his Labrador then head out into the sea to tackle the proper surf.

Mr Slater, who works at the Blue Reef aquarium in Newquay, said: "I've always loved being in and on the sea and have been surfing seriously for 20 years now.

"We first discovered that Mango was up for surfing when she followed my wife and I right out into the surf one day. She is not afraid to swim out back on her own so the next step was to get a bigger board and put her on it."

In the video, available on YouTube, Mr Slater and Mango are seen standing on the same surfboard.

Mr Slater said: "She really seems to enjoy it, and she is absolutely fearless. Plus it's a great way of exercising her as she does end up doing a fair bit of swimming.

"I'd love to get her out on a really nice point break one day. Maybe we will get invited to a dog surf contest in California."

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