It has to be said the dogs in our
4017 community have got it made — from walks along the waterfront to fun off-leash dog parks in the bay. If you think that is enough to keep dog owners satisfied, then think again. Stand up paddleboard classes for dogs are
Read on to find out what your four-legged canine neighbours have been getting up to down at Sandgate Beach.
The idea came about from water sport specialist Padi from Surf Connect in Sandgate. Surf Connect is a business that specialises in windsurfing, kite surfing, standup paddling, kayaking and wakeboarding.
Every year the business tries to create new programs for the school. Over the last couple of years many gym groups and yoga groups have been using the fleet of paddleboards for training. Paddling with dogs has always been on the agenda.
It was recent that Padi met June and her dog Molly walking in the park. “Molly was so cute and I instantly fell in love with her. I have actually been looking for a mascot for Surf Connect for some time, and Molly fits the role so well,” says Padi.
“ I asked June if we could take Molly for paddling. June was a little hesitant at first, as she adopted Molly from an abusive background, and Molly would not let any male pat her. June was quite surprised when Molly did not resist me, and so I gave them a quick tuition on the SUP and Molly loved it.”
It was from that moment paddling with dogs in Sandgate was conceived. The idea was then posted on the Surf Connect Facebook page, which was very well received by the dog community. The name ‘SUP Dogs’ stuck and doggie paddling in Sandgate began.
Sessions are run from the Sandgate Beach for any dog under 30kg who listens to their owner. Sessions only run when it is calm, with no wind and flat water – so early mornings are best.
“We hope that through our services, we will promote health and fitness, and we can create bonding and happy moments for our local residents and their dogs,” says Padi.
Sandgate Beach, Flinders Parade, between 7th & 8th Avenue.
8am Saturday 12th & 26th November
1 hour sessions at $30
Surf Connect Watersports Centre,
170 Flinders Parade, Sandgate
Phone Padi on 3137 0500