The Australian state of Queensland lays claim to be the worlds's biggest surf festival - or, as man's best friend might prefer - surfing in Queensland has gone to the dogs, as dogs join their owners on their boards and the waves.
NOOSA, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA (MARCH 11, 2014) (TOURISM AND EVENTSQUEENSLAND) - 500 riders from 13 nations - pro surfers, amateurs, tandem surfing stars and international backpackers who have never surfed before have descended upon Noosa on Queensland'sSunshine Coast, Australia for the world's biggest surf festival.
The Noosa Festival of Surfing began on Sunday 9th March and runs until the 15th of March.
The Dog Spectacular has become one of the favourite events at the Noosa Festival of Surfing, and thousands of intrigued spectators gather to watch some incredible performances, by master and hound.
The dogs even 'hang five toes upon the nose'… Or rather paws upon the plank.
They seem to revel in the experience as they are judged, along with the human riders on commitment, length of ride and style.
Just as much fun is the inaugural backpacker challenge.
16 international backpackers, most of them more familiar with snow than surf, have been given a grounding in surfing skills over several days.
Then they've been thrown into the deep end of cut throat competition… and come out of it with surprising style and talent.
And a desire to pursue what they call the freedom of surfing and the great Queensland lifestyle.