Surfing spaniels hit the waves in California

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LOS ANGELES, Sept 26 (Reuters) - More than 60 dogs gave cats a rest and instead chased waves during the eighth annual Surf City Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach near Los Angeles.

Dogs and their owners came from as far away as Australia and Brazil to compete in California on Sunday, with more than 2,000 spectators, as the pets wore lifejackets and tried to avoid wiping out in the unusually high waves.

The dogs competed individually or in tandem with their owner and were judged on a variety of skills, including the length of their ride and their confidence on the board.

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A surf dog competes in the tandem event during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
A surf dog competes in the tandem event during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Surf dog Kona Kai the Labradoodle and owner Shaun Lucado compete in the tandem event during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog and man compete in a tandem dog/human heat at the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Surf dogs race into the water to compete during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog has a high a perch atop a human's head at the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog and people fight through incoming surf to go out to catch waves during the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog and man head into the ocean to catch waves at the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A Whippet surf dog and her owner wait to compete during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog rides a wave during the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Surfing dogs run in to ocean at the start of a heat of the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A surf dog competes in the tandem event during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Surf dog Derby waits to compete during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem braved the large swell that greeted them at the iconic event. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog is held high overhead while fighting through incoming surf to catch waves at the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog rides a wave backwards at the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog named Sugar and Ryan Rustan paddle out during the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog wipes out during the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog rides a wave during the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog reaches the beach at the end of a ride at the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: A surfing dog rides a wave during the Surf Dog Competition at the 8th annual Petco Surf City Surf Dog event on September 25, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. Dogs owners are expected to attend the dog surfing competition from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A dog rides a wave during the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
A dog rides a wave during the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
A dog prepares to compete in the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
A dog is carried up the beach after competing in the Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., September 25, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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