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Video: Surfing goat (and other animals)

Last fall I posted about surfing dogs, who now even have their own competitions in places like Huntington Beach, California.

Late last year a surfing goat started grabbing a few headlines – not that many, but it’s a surfing goat, you see, not a real news story like who won American Idol or the girl that got stars tattooed on her face and then lied about it to her dad.

Anyway, the surfing goat’s name is – wait for it – Goatee. But clever puns aside, Goatee can sort of surf. I’m guessing that intrinsic goat balance, which enables them to walk on impossible surfaces, helps out a bit. If you want to know what I mean, check out this piece in Treehugger about mountain goats that walk on the walls of a dam in Italy just to lick salt from the stones. The lengths some people, or animals, will go to avoid hyponatremia is truly amazing.

If you want to see Goatee in action on the waves at Pismo Beach, California, see this article in the Daily Mail. It also includes a video of Goatee walking around town, being pulled on a bicycle and swinging with her owner. On a swing set, I mean, we don’t post those kinds of videos here. Neither does the Daily Mail as far as I know, though I wouldn’t put anything past them.

photo by B e r n i J e r s e y (Flickr CC)

I wouldn’t put anything past people, in general, either. A Peruvian surfer takes his alpaca surfing. From the looks of this video, the alpaca doesn’t appear to be that into it. And then there’s this video of what look like surfing rats (small waves, of course).

So far dogs seem to be the best animals at surfing – and the only ones that actually appear to be enjoying it.


Graham Land is a writer who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, earning an MA in History from Malmö University in Sweden. Graham writes on a variety of topics including the environment, politics and history.
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