New record set for the most dogs on a surfboard
Record for Most Dogs on a Surfboard Set by Carlsbad Surfer Scott Chandler
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 August, 2012 : - - Carlsbad surfer Scott Chandler surfed with a total of 17 dogs onboard at the 8th Surf Dog Competition hosted by Loews Coronado Bay Resort for a Guinness World Record. Going into the Surf Dog Competition, Chandler had won 6 of the previous 7 events riding tandem with his daughter Tyler, and dog Zoey. The World Record effort was a specialty exhibition as part of the Surf Dog Competition.
As a longtime waterman and ocean explorer, Chandler rides and builds shortboards, longboards and standup paddle (SUP) boards. While known for tow-in big wave surfing, hydrofoil surfing and SUP competitions, many people are taking notice of his dog surfing on smaller waves.
In February 2012 the Guinness World Record application was accepted and a San Diego-based film production company has been covering the entire effort for a documentary. Filming began with the custom made surfboard Chandler built, measuring 15 feet long and 43 inches wide. “World records don’t come easy” said Chandler, “besides lots of work, it is hard to surf with 20 dogs and no ‘doggie drama’ involved”. Three of the dogs fell off during the ride, but the 17 remaining onboard were enough to secure the world record.
The board was built from a custom blank by WNC Foam with fiberglass provided by Oceanside Surf Supply and traction pad decking by Hydro-Turf. Frank Subaru San Diego rounded out the sponsorship team. Dogs ranged in size from 14 to 90 pounds and featured Burmese mountain dogs, bull dogs, Labradors and others. Most dogs were from So Cal Surf Dogs, a local dog surfing club, and some were rescued dogs from shelters.
The event was staged to benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The family and community event promoted the positive aspects of dog ownership and created awareness of cruelty to animals.
Chandler is currently working with Guinness to verify the world record status.
Source: Pacific Ocean Art
Author: Noel Munoz / Scott Chandler
Tags: Surfing Dogs, Scott Chandler, Loews Surf Dog, Coronado
Surf Culture: Surfersvillage