Video: Meet Abbie Girl –the record-breaking surfing dog

By Guinness World Records News

Abbie Girl is a kelpie who holds the record for the longest wave surfed by a dog (open water) after surfing a 107.2-m-long (351-ft 8-in) wave at Ocean Beach in San Diego, California, USA, on 18 October 2011.

Kelpies are an Australian dog breed. They herd sheep, occasionally jumping on the backs of stubborn individuals to steer them while balancing on top - exactly the same balancing skills needed for surfing!

Abbie has also happily gone skydiving with her owner, Michael Uy (USA). FACT: Abbie Girl set her record at the Surf City Surf Dog event, beating more than 20 other paw-ticipants

Abbie Girl's owner Michael adopted her as a shy rescue dog five years ago. To build her confidence, he would take her to a beach used by other dog owners. She would follow him into the water and enjoy jumping on his surf board.

One day he allowed her to float with the wave and she didn't fall off. Since then, she's always loved to surf.

We caught up with Micheal and Abbie earlier this year on one of her favourite surf spots, Dog Beach Del Mar in San Diego.

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