While the U.S. Open of Surfing drew the world's attention this summer, Lisa Scolman was a few blocks away, trying to learn to surf at least as well as her dog.
Scolman, the co-organizer of the Surf City Surf Dog competition, is hoping her 10-month-old French bulldog, Ozzie, will make enough progress on the board to enter the contest Sept. 19 at the Huntington Dog Beach. Ozzie has taken his first few lessons this summer – and so has his owner, as Scolman figured that if her pooch could learn to catch a wave, she could too.
So far, their progress has been about the same.
"I'll fall off, but I won't jump off," Scolman said Monday at the Dog Beach, where she and her husband mounted Ozzie on a longboard and let him ride a few waves to shore.
Last year, the first Surf City Surf Dog event drew about 60 canines and their owners. Scolman and her co-organizer, Jodi Book, expect an even bigger turnout this year, and they have two clinics planned for Saturday and Sept. 11 to prepare dogs and their owners for the big day.