What Do I Need?
You don't need a lot of equipment to surf with your dog!
Here's another good example of why you need a CFD!
F. Water Proof Collar and Leash
Your Surf Dog will spend a lot of time in and out of the water. Leave the fancy, expensive leather collars and leashes at home. You’re going to need a collar and leash that can take the abuse of the salt water and the sand. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a “Beach Collar and Leash”. A good quality Nylon Collar and leash will suffice. When you get home be sure to rinse your surf Dogs collar and leash in fresh water and place somewhere out of the sun to dry.
Checkout SurfsUpDog.com for collars and leashes made for the beach!
G. Water and a Water Bowl
Your dog will get dehydrated at the beach.
It doesn’t need to be a sunny day either.
Be sure to bring a bowl and plenty of fresh water to refresh your surf Dog!
Collapsible bowls and plastic bottles with built-in bowls are available.
H2o4K9 (below) makes a cool 25oz stainless steel bottle with a cap that's a bowl.
Neosling makes a handy sling to carry the H2O4K9 water bottle.
1. Gear Bag
You’re going to need something to bring all this gear in.
A light nylon tote, Back pack or duffel bag will do the trick. You can get a duffel bag at an army surplus store or you can spend more money and get a gear bag at a dive shop.
(One of our SoCal Surf Dog members even brings a 33 gallon trash bag to put her tote in while they are surfing.
The male dogs at dog beaches can’t help themselves….they instinctively need to mark everything! At the end of the surf session she just tosses the bag and all her possessions are nice and dry.)
3. Rash Guards (For you and your surf dog!)
You’ll be surprised how time flies when you’re having fun.
Protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays while you’re at the beach.
Invest in a quality rash guard.
I prefer the long sleeve versions.
Why? I have had plenty of cancerous lesions removed from my face, arms and back. Not a lot of fun! (See sunscreens below)
A short sleeve and sleeveless versions are available as well.
Experience has shown that a canine rash guard can help protect your Surf Dog as well.
The lighter colored, short haired dogs need protection from the sun. They can also help keep all our Surf Dog warmer by knocking down some of the cold wind.
There are so many rash guards available, we're not even going to try to list them here. Just go to your local surf shop and try on a few.
4. Wetsuits (For you)
There are only a few months out of the year when the water and the air temperature are warm enough to wear just a bathing suit and a rash guard.
The rest of the time you’re going to get cold and so is you’re Surf Dog. (At least here in San Diego)
For you, unless you really think you’re going to surf thru the winter, I suggest you just invest in a “Spring Suit”.
With Short sleeves and short legs it’s typically all you need to stay warm.
If you tend to always be on the cold side, a full winter suit might be in order. A full suit has both long sleeves and long legs.
Wetsuits come in different thickness measured by millimeters (mm).
Typically, the thicker the suit, the warmer it is.
You might want to consider getting a pair of booties if your at all squeamish about what might be on the ocean floor. They might offer a little protection against a stingray hit, but only a little!
The technology of wetsuit design is changing and getting better ever year!
There are so many wetsuits out there to choose from, I suggest you go to your local surf shop and try on a few. The Pros at a surf shop can help you select the correct wetsuit that firs your body style!
Questions about wetsuits? Learn more about wetsuits at:
Wetsuits for your Surf Dog
Some Surf Dogs can and will get cold as well.
Some owners have had custom wetsuits made for their dogs. They wear them under their CFD’s.
There aren't many available off the shelf, but Petco has one.
You can have a custom one made at
Surf’n-Sea in Ocean Beach.
I have had several wetsuits repaired here and she does a terrific job!
You can also get a custom one at Lou's Doggie Boutique.
Surf’n-Sea Custom Wetsuits:
1874 Bacon Street
San Diego, CA 92107-3014
phone: (619) 222-1231 (Call before you go to verify hours)
Lou's Doggie Boutique:
7. Pop-Up Canopy / Umbrella / Folding Chairs
If you plan to spend the day at the beach or you are participating in a Surf Dog Competition, you may want to bring some portable shade. You and your Surf Dog are going to be in the sun for several hours and will need shade between heats. There are many umbrellas, Pop-up canopies, and shade tents on the market to choose from. Check your local sporting goods store! You may want to bring a folding chair as well. Some Dog Owners have found small igloo type tents specifically designed for dogs!
Some have used folding pens to confine their Surf Dogs between heats. As we have said before, after you've been to the beach surfing with your dog a few times, you'll get a better Idea of what You really need!
You’re going to want to capture all of this because no one is going to believe you.
A friend can stand on the beach and photograph or video your adventures but they will need a good telephoto lens.
There are a lot of water proof digital still and video cameras out there for the adventurous that don’t mind standing in the water.
GoPro makes a great little camera that is waterproof and takes photos or HD video. You can mount it to your surfboard with accessories they sell.
Click on any of the cameras to go to their website for more information.
You can compare cameras at these two site: