Views of the Neighborhood

Yesterday we had two events going on in Port Aransas. There was the Dog Surfing Contest and The Plywood Boat Festival.  I would have loved to present both today, but sadly there were just too many things to see for one post. I selected the Dog Surfing Contest for this week and will do the Plywood Boat Festival next week.

So you’ve never been to a dog surfing contest? Well, that all changes now. This first shot is of the Horace Caldwell Pier. Here is where the best surf in Port A is available.

Caldwell Pier

The competition takes place to the right of the pier. Here is a contestant keeping cool until the start.

Of course, no contest would be complete without a vintage tricked-out camper.


This vehicle served as the announcer studio. The next photo gives you an idea of the gear the dogs wear when they surf. They by regulation must have life preservers. Here is a Doberman getting ready to hit the water.


The contest had a carnival atmosphere. There was even a kissing booth run by the local animal rescue group. You make a donation and get to take a selfie with a dog. (No I have no idea who these people are in the photo)

Kissing booth

Here is the first class of competitors.

Ist class

You could call it the lightweight class

The crowd seemed to use body English to help out.


There were a few wipeouts.


But most had a great ride.

Hang ten

hang Ten

hang ten

The Judges were hard at work






  1. That is truly amazing, John. I would never have guessed that would be a thing. I’m trying to imagine our dog on s surf board…oh, the humanity.

    Great photos!

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Dan.

  2. Interesting event. Who won?

    1. The classes each had a winner but announced may too late for me. (long story for I don’t know)

      1. Good to have the story in your back pocket for later. 🙂

      2. Of course, I will forget. 😀

  3. How fun! The pups are doing better with the surfboards than I would. 😀 It looks like you had a busy weekend. Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Saturday was definitely busy. Have a Super Sunday. Hugs

  4. Those dogs surf better than I do.

    1. And me as well. 🙂

  5. Thanks for showing this, John. I had no idea there was such a thing. I’d assume, that some dogs enjoy it, and others not so much. Maybe it was the humans who had the most fun?
    Have a wonderful Sunday,

    1. I think the humans had a good time but there were a number of dogs enjoying jumping into the surf.

  6. Being I don’t surf at all, they all surf better than I do. Interesting pictures, John. 😀 — Suzanne

  7. Love the kissing booths. Have a happy Sunday.

    1. Ha ha ha. I’m sure you do.

  8. A.m.a.z.i.n.g. Now I’ve seen everything. Who came up with that idea? The dogs seem to enjoy it. I would never have imagined anything like this. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Well, when you live in this community most everything revolves around the sea. Thanks, Tess.

      1. Has this fun fest for dogs been around a while?

      2. About five years.

  9. What fun for everyone! I had heard about it but never seen photos. Loved the doberman! And the weather has been great this weekend! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Jo. It was a fun event. 🙂

  10. LOL! Who knew? Thanks for sharing this, John. What a fun event! I love that VW!

    1. Reminds me of some fun times. 🙂

    1. Yes they are. 🙂

  11. Bulldogs can’t swim, but I’ve seen videos of them surfing. They wear their floaties and do just fine. My wife wants to get Otto a skateboard now.

    1. Bulldogs and skateboards are naturals. Boxers can’t swim either. Strange

  12. What fun! My Sheltie doesn’t “do” water. With their heavy double-coat and their relatively skinny legs, they’re drowings just waiting to happen — life preserver or not! Thanks for a delightful visit to your neighborhood, John.

    1. Boxers can’t swim either. Don’t know why but they sink like rocks.

  13. Great post, John! Dog surfing? That’s a first for me! Now dog skate boarding I’ve seen. Know a dog who loves to so much, his owner hides it and lets him skateboard only once a week! 💛 Christine

    1. Ha ha ha that is funny. Thank you. Christine E.

  14. I’m fairly certain I would have LOVED this event. How fun!

    1. I’m sure you would have loved it. :-).

  15. Sorry, I couldn’t comment yesterday, John. I found this series of pictures totally entertaining!! I couldn’t help wondering what our Maltese Terrier, Princess Cinderella, would do on a surfboard!

    1. Probably would do quite well.

    2. I’m sure she would do well. Thanks, John

  16. I”ve never heard of this either, but it looks like so much fun! I would have hung out there all day.

    1. A cooler full and a couple of chairs is all it would take.

  17. What a fun day! I cannot imagine that I would be able to stay on the surfboard as well as those dogs. It looks like the dogs and people all had fun.

    1. They all did. Thank you, Michelle. 🙂

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