Stab Magazine | Dogs Are Now Towing Into Outer Reefs

Dogs Are Now Towing Into Outer Reefs

Today, in “surfing.”

news // Jan 26, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

So, Garrett McNamara, a blind guy, a dog, and a Jet Ski roll up to an outer reef…

In 2008, that would have been the start of a bad joke. The punchline would have landed somewhere in the vicinity of Garrett expecting the trio to tow him the whole time. Barking orders, not being able to see their side of the argument, etc.

However, it is not 2008. It is 2018 and so that is simply the start of a story.

The blind guy, in this story, is Derek Rebello — a legitimately inspiring fella from Brazil. Garrett McNamara is Garrett McNamara. And the dog is @bonosurfdog, who happens to have more followers than a handful of CT surfers.

“[Bono] was a champion, handling the poundings out there,” said the man who invented Nazaré.

Couple thoughts:

-Technically, Bono would have beaten Filipe Toledo in that 2015 heat at Teahupo’o.

-Fact check on the “biggest wave by a dog” claim. Two words: Richard Marsh.

-Just because you’re a dog doesn’t mean you get a pass for riding a SUP.

-But honestly, this is probably against some sort of animal protection law, no?

At this point, though, I’m almost more concerned about the welfare of surfing than that of the dog. Is this really where we’re at?

I blame Instagram. I don’t necessarily understand how it has gotten so powerful that it would convince an entire group of grown adults into believing that whipping a dog into a wave at an outer reef is an idea worth pursuing. But we’ll blame it anyway.

So here’s an Andy Irons section from Billabong’s Trilogy, from before the App was invented, to remind us what surfing is again. Thanks, AI.


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Snake’s Measured Hot Take On The Surf Ranch Imbroglio

'Cop it on the chin and move on'.

Jun 4, 2023

How John John Lost To A Surfer From Germany

The underdogs are barking: here's what's happened at the 2023 ISA World Games thus far.

Jun 3, 2023

SEOTY: This German-Born, Spanish-Speaking Ubermensch’s Clip Is For The Every-mensch

Watch Leon Glatzer make the ocean his Autobahn in "Águila".

Jun 3, 2023

Made Lana’s Special Relationship

Sunset at The Edge with Uluwatu's favourite son.

Jun 1, 2023


“We Woke Up And A Bear Had Chewed A Wetsuit To Bits”

Didn't know there were so many slabs in Canada, eh?

May 31, 2023

Britt Merrick Becomes Winningest SITD Shaper

Here's how he did it.

May 31, 2023

2023 ISA World Games Preview: Olympic Ballyhoo With 4 New Countries Competing

And why El Salvador’s President says that surfing is “one of the pillars” of the…

May 31, 2023

WSL CEO Erik Logan Responds To ‘Unfair Judging’ Claims In Open Letter

“It is a breach of league policy, for surfers to choose not to engage with…

May 30, 2023


‘Vertentes’ Is 16-Minutes Of Seamless Surfing And Self-Animated Artisanship

Time off tour has done nothing but good for Tomas Hermes.

May 30, 2023

The Man Who Tortures Surfboards For Science

Here's what Dr. Luca Oggiano and Donald Brink think surfboard manufacturers are getting wrong.

May 30, 2023

Gabriel Medina Gives Scathing Review Of WSL Judging After Controversial Surf Ranch Final

‘The surf community has been mesmerized by the poor clarity and consistency of judging for…

May 29, 2023

Griffin Colapinto And Carissa Moore Lift Lumber At Groundhog Day Rodeo

"There's so much in your control that you almost overthink things."

May 29, 2023

Surfing’s Decadent And Depraved Kentucky Derby: Day One

'It's still a wavepool comp'

May 28, 2023

Stab In The Dark With Italo Ferreira, Episode 4

And the shaper behind 2023’s best high-performance shortboard is…

May 28, 2023

Your Loss, Tahiti’s Win

Betonline.AG are donating 100% of their earnings (your losses) from Lemoore towards Tahitian flood victims.

May 26, 2023

The Surf Ranch Pro Preview: 2% Wildcards, Sudden-Death Duels, And Game Theory

Same swamp, (slightly) different rodeo.

May 26, 2023

Exclusive: Stab Speaks With El Niño 

"I’m just focusing on staying potent, moist and warm. I’m not really thinking that far…

May 25, 2023


Watch: Gabriel Medina Ping Pongs Off Brazil’s Most Exclusive Pool Coping Before Lemoore

'The waves at Boa Vista Village are so extravagant, they come with their own personal…

May 24, 2023