No trip to our fabled Queen of the Coast is possible without running into one or two furry and frothing locals patrolling the point. And no, I’m not talking about the more feral-looking wave riders who frequent Rincon. I am talking about Man’s Best Friend, those four-legged, tail-wagging stoke monsters that, for many surfers, are as big a part of their session as the wetsuit they wear or the board on which they paddle out. And while there are many pooches who can lay claim to the sand, cobblestones, and sticks of Rincon as their “home away from home,” the following five hounds are sure to be recognized if you surf the Queen with any regularity.
The Dogs of Rincon
Sand, Surf, and Man’s Best Friend
Thursday, March 29, 2012
This spunky little fox-like dog all too frequently escapes from his leash and terrorizes the beach scene with ill-placed peeing and snarling standoffs against dogs four times his size. A 7-year-old Shiba Inu that came to Carpinteria by way of a breeder in South Dakota (that’s right; he is a mail-order dog), Tosh has been known to log long, long hours on the point even after his owner is done riding the wild surf. His human is a guy named Sky, and to hear him tell it, despite his cute and cuddly appearance, having Tosh as your primary surf partner is no easy task. “He is sneaky,” says Sky. “He will wait until I turn my back and start loading the boards in my truck and then split [back to the beach] as fast as he can. More than once it has taken me hours to get him back.”