Surfing dogs are a rare breed. In the grand scheme of things, most dogs have never even been in the ocean, let alone surf, but for those lucky enough to experience the thrill, they definitely must feel the stoke.
A Labrador Retriever named Bono is in a league all his own when it comes to surfing. Bono (unofficially) holds the record for largest wave towed in by a dog, according to big wave “hellman” Garrett McNamara, who holds his own world record for riding an estimated 100-foot wave off the coast of Nazare, Portugal. And McNamara should know, as he rode the Waverunner that was used to help capture Bono’s owner, Brazilian personal trainer and amateur surfer Ivan Moreira, riding a very large wave with Bono.
Check out the footage for yourself in this Instagram post below:
A new world record … largest wave towed in by a dog. Such a fun moment on the water with @bonosurfdog He must have taken @mark__visser #oceanwarrior course because he was a champion handling the poundings out there. Good day with @derekrabeloofficial @lemosimages @kleberpires_hawaii @nicolepacelli @polikromia 🎥 @tim_bonython and #myiphone @mercedesbenz @buondioficial @thule @evoke @perfect_waves_brasil @malo.clinic @theinertia @pauhanasurfsupply @ari_mcnamara @caityowen @surfline @supthemag @standupjournal @magicseaweed @surfingdogfestival
For Bono, riding waves comes second nature, as he has been riding them since before he turned 1.
“When Bono was 6 months old I got my first stand up paddle board and started paddling on the coast of Buzios, a beach with no waves,” Moreira told PEOPLE in 2015. “Like a faithful Labrador, he swam behind me and so I pulled him up on the board and in a short amount of time he became very comfortable and seemed happy to be there.”
Bono’s career as a surfing dog sort of snowballed from there, as Moreira later entered him at the annual Surf Dog Competition in Huntington Beach, California, where the duo won first place in the competition’s tandem category.
Is it a new world record for Bono? Well, Surfer magazine wrote in 2015 that Skyler, a Queensland Heeler, held the then newly established “K-9 XXL award,” for a wave she rode with Santa Cruz surfer Homer Henard at Steamers Lane in Santa Cruz.
It will be interesting to see how Bono’s wave fares against Skyler’s.
For now, Bono is kicking it in Hawaii waiting for the next big swell to ride.