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This golden retriever was homeless, and then he learned how to surf

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This golden retriever was homeless, and then he learned how to surf

WATCH  | Hobie was a homeless golden retriever roaming the streets of East LA when the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue found him.  Surfer Chris de Aboitiz took on training Hobie to raise awareness about the potential of rescues, and they entered a major dog surf competition.

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Hobie shows off his tricks on a surf board (photo: Sup Dog Oz)

Chris says teaching a dog that's never been in water before to jump over him on a surfboard while riding a wave was a big accomplishment.  Not all dogs can do this, even under his training. But within three weeks Hobie regularly landed the jump.

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Chris de Aboitiz talks to Stephanie Abrams about his plans to train more rescue dogs and get them adopted

Chris de Aboitiz owns  SUP DOG OZ in Australia, known for its work training dogs on stand up paddleboards. He told Circa's Stephanie Abrams that Hobie has inspired him to volunteer to train more rescues around the world. 

Marlene and Kevin McGlensey were thrilled to find Hobie after their beloved Golden Retriever, Tucker, passed away from lymphoma. They're already taking Hobie on new adventures along with his new sister, a Terrier named Sadie.

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Hobie jumps over Chris as they catch a wave

Chris's training was a completely volunteer effort to raise awareness about how great a foster pet can be.  The Surf City Surf Dog competition also helps several  animal charities including  Huntington Dog Beach where the event was held.

You can watch all of Hobie's daily adventures as he trained on Chris's Instagram feed.

This golden retriever was homeless, and then he learned how to surf

Watch Hobie and Chris catch that awesome ending wave again in the raw footage, right here.

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