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

“Airlines Hate Me:” Bad Boy RyRy’s Guide To Surf Travel

Want to get pampered at the pointy end of the plane for free?

Aug 17, 2022


What Happens When You Borrow A Pro’s Board?

Joyride: The Shrizz from PANDA surfboards.

Aug 16, 2022


Mick Fanning Samples California’s Finest Local Produce

Mayhem at Lowers.

Aug 16, 2022

Mountains Died So You Could Surf

The value of sand.

Aug 15, 2022


UPDATE: People Are Still Surfing ‘La Jetee’ in Reunion Island

Returning to the best & sharkiest air wave in the world, as seen in Mod…

Aug 14, 2022

These Are Your Favorite (Female) Surfers

What the Stab reader survey teaches us about taste.

Aug 14, 2022


Kelly and Local Gal to Win Teahupo’o?

Local insights and a firing forecast.

Aug 13, 2022

These Are Your Favorite (Male) Surfers

Insights from the 2022 Stab Reader survey.

Aug 13, 2022


Fear And Loathing in Mainland Mex

Parker Coffin, Harry Roach, and the Roark crew embark on an authentic Oaxacan (surf) trip.

Aug 13, 2022

Tahiti Preview: The End Of The Road For 72% Of The CT

And hello there, blob of swell.

Aug 12, 2022


While Everyone Flocked To Tahiti, Kelly Stayed in Jbay

...And proceeded to rip the hell out of it on a "borrowed" 5-finned Tomo.

Aug 11, 2022


Can A GQ Cover Boy Take Out Teahupo’o?

Kauli Vaast is your incredibly handsome Tahiti trials winner.

Aug 11, 2022

Watch: Ramble On With Caity Simmers 

An action-rich tour behind the scenes of her triumphant first voyage to Oz.

Aug 11, 2022

PSA: Surf Filmers Not Welcome In Nicaragua

Cameras and drones are being seized on arrival, Stab spoke with two recent visitors.

Aug 11, 2022

Inside The Alternative Surfboard Marketing Machine 

Two of the biz's best — Matt Parker and Blake Peters — spill many beans.

Aug 10, 2022

The Tragic Parallels Between The Murder Of Ricardo Dos Santos & 8x World Jiu Jitsu Champion Leandro Lo

Two Brazilian sporting icons killed brazenly by off-duty police officers.

Aug 9, 2022

The Pick-Up, Vans US Open: In The Belly Of The Beast

Finger flips, shaping with Zion Wright, slurpees, Hawaiian takeovers, and the king of Surfline rewinds.

Aug 8, 2022

Albee Layer Discusses His Not-So-Budding Acting Career And The Upcoming Film “Sweet Adventure”

"Matt and Nora were tripping a little harder than I was just because they weren't…

Aug 8, 2022