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Brazil dogs take to waves on paddle boards

A surfer catches a wave with his dog on board during the 5th Annual Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach, California on Sept. 29 last year.

Photo: AFP

About a dozen four-legged practitioners of stand-up paddle boarding took to the waves with their human owners off Rio de Janeiro’s Barra Beach, practicing for a second annual competition in which canine-human teams race around buoys.

“The idea started when I was on my board and my dog was tied up on the beach. I said to myself, ’Man he wants to come to the water!’ so I put him on the board and he loved it,” said Marco Sarnelli, the event organizer.

The race on Feb. 16 drew as many as 50 dogs and their owners, from border collies to golden retrievers to mutts.

Brazilian paddle board enthusiasts are not the first to take their pets out on the water.

Canine paddle board races in California have served as fundraisers for local shelters, and several Web sites dedicated to the sport include forum sections with readers trading tricks on how to get their dogs hooked on the sport.









1. canine n.

犬科動物 (quan3 ke1 dong4 wu4)

例: The fox is a canine.


2. serve as phr.

當做…用途 (dang1 zuo4 … yong4 tu2)

例: He has served as a general for 20 years.


3. be hooked on phr.

上癮;依戀 (shang4 yin3; yi1 lian4)

例: I am hooked on collecting clocks.


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