Surfing Chocolate, Diggers Beach, NSW, Australia

Surfing Australia, Diggers Beach, New South Wales

Surfing Australia, Diggers Beach, New South Wales

Australia is renowned for one of the world’s premier surf destinations. Surfing underpins an important factor in Australia’s coastal fabric. It forms part of a lifestyle for millions off Australians and has cultural status.

Fun for old and young, Australia, New South Wales, Diggers Beach

Fun for old and young, Australia, New South Wales, Diggers Beach

Surfing was brought to Australia in 1915 by Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, who demonstrated a surf session in Sydney. Malibu Boards were introduced in 1956 and shortly after, well known Australian surf designer brands launched a multi-million dollar corporate industry. Coral reefs in the northern tropics subdue large swell, which makes surfing impossible.

Making the most of the wave at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Making the most of the wave at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Surfing is Australians favourite activity to spend time on the beach, there is no other way to describe it. Local surfers meet each morning to chat about swell and waves.

The hardest part about surfing, Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

The hardest part about surfing, Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Many kids are on a surfboard before the can walk properly,

Family fun in the surf at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Family fun in the surf at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

happy and proud surfer dads and moms introducing the youngsters to the thrill in the waves.

Teamwork in the swell at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Teamwork in the swell at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Splashing.

Surf traffic at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Surf traffic at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

This is the picture I see almost every day when I launch my kayak through the swell to go offshore. The picture I haven’t seen before was this.

Chocolate Labrador surfing at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Chocolate Labrador surfing at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

A dog on a surfboard. How cute is this?

Last preparation before take off at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Last preparation before take off at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

I set out early mornings for another fishing adventure off Diggers Beach in Coffs Harbour. The local surf community had already gathered, deciding whether the swell was worth the dip, or if other beaches are more favourable. Astonished eyes greeted me as I passed with my yak on wheels, same scenario as usual. Wind and swell were calm and only a few Mack Tuna gave my reels a workout. A few turtles popped up for air in see-through water, it was a fairly relaxing morning.

Crowded surf at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Crowded surf at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Paddling back to the beach, even more, surfers enjoyed the fairly low swell, which is great for beginners. But, what is that on a surfboard?

A rare sight on the ocean at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

A rare sight on the ocean at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

I didn’t expect to see this, surf lessons for dogs? A chocolate Labrador on a surfboard, I couldn’t believe it? She wasn’t quite sure about this idea but wasn’t scared either. OM-D, that is what I need right now. 

Maniyak in tow at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Maniyak in tow at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

I pulled maniyak back to camp and got my camera out. An opportunity like this doesn’t come around very often and I wanted to make the most this unexpected event. Local girl Lillie took her parents chocolate Labrador Ruby out to the beach, who was eager to try surfing for the first time. Labradors are known for their curious and playful nature, Ruby wasn’t any different.

Moving carefully at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Moving carefully at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

A little uncertain and under Lillie’s instructions, body posture is the key factor. There it is, the first wave rolled in.

Ready for the first wave at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Ready for the first wave at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Lillie gave the surfboards a little push and Ruby was on her way.

A great surf start at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

A great surf start at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

She did well for a while but when the surfboard jackknifed,

Surfboard jackknifed in the swell at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Surfboard jackknifed in the swell at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Ruby took the plunge.

Ruby in full body stretch at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Ruby in full body stretch at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Leaping forward in full body length, the wave got the better off her.

Splish Splash, I am taking a bath at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Splish Splash, I am taking a bath at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Being fully submerged, I expected Ruby to run on to dry land. Instead, she followed Lillie back to deeper waters. She was undeterred and eager to give it another go, as an Australian saying goes.

Lift off on to the surfboard at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Lift off on to the surfboard at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Lillie carefully lifted the surfing chocolate Labrador on to the surfboard again. Shaken, but not stirred, Ruby was up for another wave.

Facing the swell at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Facing the swell at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Getting through the swell is just as tricky.

Made it through see through water at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Made it through see-through water at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Teamwork was required which was handled perfectly in clear waters.

Lillie getting Ruby to sit up, not a good idea for Ruby, Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Lillie getting Ruby to sit up, not a good idea for Ruby, Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Standing up would give a better balance, but she wasn’t keen on the idea.  Laying on the board is a better option for a dog it seems.

Chilling on the water at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Chilling on the water at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

A little chat and affection goes a long way whilst waiting for the next wave. Both were unmissably happy on the board, which was great to watch. 

Not a perfect wave for Ruby at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Not a perfect wave for Ruby at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Ready, set and go, another wave was closing in.

Off the surfboard again, Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Off the surfboard again, Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Ruby missed the tube and came off early.

Momentum is needed, Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Momentum is needed, Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Another approach is needed. More weight on the surfboard would stabilize the board.

Ruby keeping an eye on precedings at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Ruby keeping an eye on proceedings at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

A tandem ride is an obvious choice. Together they enjoyed the calm waters. Lillie got some paddle momentum as the wave rolled in.

Lillie and Ruby enjoying the ride at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Lillie and Ruby enjoying the ride at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

A little uncertain, yet confident, Ruby enjoyed the ride.

Ten out of ten at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Ten out of ten at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Cool as a pro as the facial expression shows. How very cute. With the extra weight on the back, the board didn’t jackknife this time. Ruby and Lillie clearly enjoyed the surf together.  They passed me with a big smile on their face, before eventually coming off.

Happy and still full of beans, Ruby ran back on shore.

Ruby quiet happy to be on land again at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Ruby quiet happy to be on land again at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Her adrenaline was still pumping, understandably.

Amazing friendship on the water at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Amazing friendship on the water at Diggers Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Watching this happy surfing combination together, hand in paw, was just priceless. An unforgettable moment for all three of us. I have no doubt that this wasn’t the last time, this chocolate Labrador will be seen on a surfboard.

 

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