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