For only the most experienced Surf Dogs or in parts of the world where you do not have access to a soft top surfboard, you might want to consider a Fiberglass or Epoxy surfboard. Because the tops are slippery most surfers will coat the top with wax. This does not work for surfdogs, Don't do it!!! The wax just gets stuck up in their paws and it's still does not provide enough traction! For Surf Dogs you will need to cover the top (at least the back 1/3 of the deck) with a traction pad. Important Note: Most Surf Dog Competitions prohibit the use of fiberglass and epoxy surfboards, therefore, the SoCal SurfDogs do not recommend the use of Fiberglass or Epoxy surfboards! You might as well be surfing your SurfDog on the same surfboard you'll be competing on!
How to choose a Surfboard for your Surf Dog.
Here's a short video Bruce Hooker made with his Surf Dog Buddy on how to choose a surfboard for your Surf Dog.
Small dogs have a disadvantage in that they do not weigh enough to keep the surfboard going in a straight line. With no weight over the fins, the surfboard is going to turn or pearl throwing the dog off the surfboard. (Photo A) Some owners have taken to adding weight to their surfboards. (Photo B) Don't do this! This is very dangerous!! Can you imagine if the surfboard in Photo C had a weight on it? Not only is the surf dog in danger but other dogs, owners, volunteers, spectators and rescue personnel are in danger of being hit.
We hope future Surf Dog Competitions do not allow this sort of dangerous modification to a surfboard to be used in a competition.
Hopefully someone, sometime in the near future will develop a SAFE way to help smaller dogs surf safely!