Nicknames: Surf Dog Ricochet, The Surfice Dog, Rip Curl Ricki
Breed: Golden Retriever
Birthday: January 25, 2008
Owner: Judy Fridono, CPDT-KA
Handler: David King, Ocean Healing Group
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet
Favorite Pastime: Fundraising, Surfing, Tandem Surfing
with Disabled Surfers, Dock Diving,
Swimming, Rolling in Stinky Stuff,
Chasing Critters and Lurecoursing.
Pet Peeves: Birds........Being on a leash when a
Squirrel is sticking his tongue out at me!
Home Break: Dog Beach Del Mar for surfing
Huntington Beach for squirrels
Favorite Dog Park: Fiesta Island
Favorite Toy: Bumble Balls (do birds count?)
Favorite Food: Canidae Dog Food, Chicken....well, really
all food is my favorite!
Sponsors: Dog's Nite Out, Canidae Dog Food,
WebMD, California Surf Stickers,
Mission Pets, EmbroidMe,
Lou's Doggie Boutique, Surftech Surfboards
I was born into the Puppy Prodigies Neo Natal & Early Learning Program, a 501(c)3 non profit organization that trains puppies to become service dogs for people with disabilities.
Part of my neo-natal training included balance and coordination exercises as soon as I could walk!
At 8 weeks of age, I jumped on a boogie board in a kiddie pool, and have been surfing ever since!
As I grew, so did my interest in chasing critters, which is a no-no for service dogs. So, I had to be released from that position.
But since I proved that I could surf pretty well by winning 3rd place at my first surf dog competition, the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, my role was changed to SURFice dog!
I'm still able to help people with disabilities... just in a non traditional way! Paw-abunga!
Now, I live a lifestyle of helping others by pawing it forward while raising awareness & funds for human/animal causes. I raised over $51,800 in 2010, and am best known for my inspirational video that went viral on YouTube, "From Service Dog to SURFice dog", which has almost 3 million views, and touched the hearts of people all over the world.Since it's gotten so much exposure, I immediately turned it into a platform to help others on a larger scale by re-directing the attention to additional human and animal causes.
I have an initiative called Surfin' for Paws-abilities, and through it I've helped raise awareness and funds for individuals with disabilities, animal shelters, adaptive surfing organizations, K9 cancer, and more.
I surf for fun, and usually place in the top three when I enter surf dog contests.
My best win was at the 2010 Loews Surf Dog Competition where I won 1st place in the tandem division with my littermate, Kalani.
At the 2009 Helen Woodward Surf dog Surf-a-thon, I came in 2nd overall.
I won 3rd place in the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in 2009 and 2010.
I've won several other surf dog contests, and have been awarded several top fundraiser awards, a couple top dog awards, and the prestigious AKC Award for Canine Excellence.
I'm very involved in the adaptive surfing community of disabled surfers, and often surf tandem with them.
I help counterbalance the board, or help reduce apprehension in kids learning to surf. When I surf with them, I experience the true Aloha spirit, and I'm totally stoked!
For me, it's what surfing is all about!
I received my canine good citizen certificate when I was six months old, and I'm also a certified goal directed therapy dog with Pawsitive Teams, and a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs Incorporated.
Much of my therapy work takes place on the beach, but I also work on dry land too!
I'm an ambassador for Pay It Forward Day, Association of Amputee Surfers and So Cal H20 Rescue Team.
I inspire people to focus on what they CAN do, rather than what they can't, adjust expectations, and to turn disappointment into opportunities.
Titles, Awards & Honors:
Canine Good Citizen
Certified Therapy Dog
Registered Therapy Dog
Was an extra in the movie Marmaduke
DogTipper, Top 10 Dog Stars of 2009
Is in the 2010 & 2011 Surf Dogs Calendar
Won the 2010 Helen Woodward Billboard contest with
fellow surFURS, Nani, Dozer & Toby
2010 USA Today Dog Hero
2010 Petopia TV, Pet of the Year
2010 Dogswell Wag Award "Most Charitable Story"
2010 Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk, Top Fundraiser
2010 Arthritis Walk with Leash Your Fitness, Top Fundraiser
2010 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation, honoree
2010 Helen Woodward Surf Dog A Thon, 1st place "Top Fundraiser".
2010 The American Kennel Club Humane Fund Ace Award for Canine Excellence for Exemplary Companion Dog
2010 Dog Town San Diego's 3 dog walk for breast cancer, Top
2010 Nominated for three Humanitarian Awards in the American Dog Magazine, Spokesdog for a charitable cause, Service/Therapy
dog that gives unconditionally & Role model/philanthropist
2010 won 1st place in American Dog Magazine's Humanitarian Awards for Role model/philanthropist, 2nd place for Spokesdog for charitable cause & 2nd place for Service/Therapy dog that gives unconditionally
2010 named Best dog of the year in DogTipper.com's Best dog & cat of the year contest
2010 Nominated in
USA Today's 2010 Top Dog Hero contest
Made it to the finals in the Natural Balance parade float try-outs for
2011 Awarded the Gold Standard Award from The Golden Retriever Club of America
Will be featured in five books coming out in 2011
Named Fido Friendly's Best of 2011
Working Class K9 Hero Award Pet Sitters
International & Take Your Dog to Work Day
2011 American Humane Association Hero Dog
Awards, emerging hero category
In addition to surfing in competitions that support charities, I also supports these causes:Puppy Prodigies, Association of Amputee Surfers, Wheels 2 Water, Ocean Healing Group, Surfers Healing, Life Rolls On, Surfers for Autism, Pipeline to a Cure, Best Day Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, Chase Away K9 Cancer, Morris Animal Foundaton Canine Cancer Campaign, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Pets for Patriots, Pets for Vets, Pay It Forward Day, Hurley's Living The Dream Foundation, So Cal H2O Rescue Team, Free Kibble, Animal Shelters & Dog Rescue Groups, individuals with disabilities, kid with special needs, and more.
Surf Dog Competitions:
2009 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Surf Dog Competition at Dog Beach in San Diego:
Third Place Large Dogs
2009 Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon in Del Mar, California:
First Place Large Dog Heat
Second Place Over All
2009 Surf City Surf Dog Competition in Huntington Beach, California:
First Place Large Dog Heat
Second Place Large Dog Finals
2010 Loews Coronado Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach, California:
Second Place Large Dogs
First Place Tandem
2010 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Surf Dog Competition at Dog Beach in San Diego:
Third Place Large Dogs
2010 SPN Suef Dog Competition, in Huntington Beach, California:
2010 Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon in Del Mar, California:
Second Place Large Dog Heat
First Place Doo the Dah!
2010 Surf City Surf Dog Competition in Huntington Beach, California:
First Place Large Dogs
Third Place Large Dog Finals
Best Crowd Pleaser
2011 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Surf Dog Competition
at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California
Ricochet's Facebook Page:
(I have the most amazing supporters on my facebook page)
Inspirational video that went viral on YouTube
Surfing at Surf City Surf Dog
Just can't get enough surfing
Surfing at Helen Woodward Surf dog Surf-a-thon
Surfing finals of Helen Woodward Surf dog Surf-a-thon
Surfing Surf City Surf dog
Surfing tandem with quadriplegic surfer, Patrick Ivison
Surfing tandem with amputee surfers, Jo & Dana
Surfing tandem with brain injured six year old, Ian McFarland
Special appearance on MTV's "Made"
Surfing with pro surfer, Taylor Knox
Interview during Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Ricochet has been in media all over the world, showcasing and raising
awarenessof her causes. Click this link to learn more about them...
Excerpt from documentary, surfing tandem with brain injured six year
old, Ian McFarland.
2011 ASPCA Awards New York City:
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