Brian Koerner wished he could be surfing with his dog Banana every day, but he found too few opportunities after moving to Colorado.
But when the 38-year-old Westminster native received an email about the fifth annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, he packed his board and his pup and headed west.
"This is our first competition, so we'll learn how it goes and have some fun," said Koerner, who signed up himself and his dog for the tandem competition. "Maybe we'll get serious about it one day, but it's all about fun for me."
He and Banana got some practice time in before their first heat Sunday. The 14-year-old Corgi/Jack Russell Terrier mix, sporting a tiger-themed dye job and a life jacket, barked at Koerner to get back in the water.
"I would come out here every day after work and he would run on the beach and play with the waves," Koerner said. "When I'd go surfing, he'd want to go in, so I started bringing him in. I put a life jacket on him, put him on the board and he just stands there. He's pretty much a natural."