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Salty Sea Dog Takes Up Surfing

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6:01am 15th November 2011

Forget doggy paddle, a Cornish pooch is going one better.

Mango from St Newlyn East has learnt to surf.

A video of the two year old labrador has gone viral. In it the salty sea dog is given lessons by his owner, Matt Slater, at Crantock before progressing onto a long board.

Matt told Pirate FM, "We are always down the beach with the dogs and the kids. It's just a natural progression really. I knew it would be popular because whenever we are down on the beach we do turn a few heads. Now it's on YouTube it does seem to be snowballing. A lot of people are watching it and a lot of people are enjoying it.

Matt never lets Mango out when the surf is bigger than the height of her head. But he remembers the first time she tried it, "My wife and I both swam out on our boards, turned round and the dog was still with us. She had swam right out through the surf. was out back at Fistral on quite a big day. I stuck her on my board and she surfed back in fine. After that I decided I needed to buy her a board."

6:01am 15th November 2011

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