Born in Maui about 13 years ago, Kihei has been surfing since about 2008 when we first put him on a board and paddled into the surf, with him leading the way on the end of the board. He was so adamant that we weren’t to go in the water surfing, without him. We knew this by the incessant barking from the beach. It became obvious that he was a natural, when, after a few lessons (pushing him into the white water) he entered his first contest in 2009, the Surfinpaws Dog Jam HB, and placed first in the small dog division. Being from Maui surfing seemed a perfect fit. So, we continued honing the technique and his equipment, and entering contests. He went on to become a four time award winner at the Huntington Beach Surf City Surf Dog Competition, placing first in the small dog division in 2011 and 2014, and second place in 2012 and 2013. He also has competed steadily in the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon in Del Mar Ca benefitting the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
Kihei is a male, as he prefers to be known, as a Doxie-hua rier mix. This mix is generally very athletic. The terrier in him makes him very active, fun-loving and energetic, and he loves to play at many things, ball, frisbee, keep away, and of course surfing. The dachshund in him gives him a strong personality, including loads of confidence, and a carefree nature. Most importantly, it gives him a low center of gravity which makes it easy for him to adjust on the surf board in order to stay on it for a long ride, even through turns and bouncing waves.
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