Surfing pet goat coldly rides waves at California beach


SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (Reuters) – As cheering kids and men frantically paddled their inflatable surfboards through foamy Pacific waves to the beach, a passenger sits placidly in the front taking it all in – a large white goat.

California surfer Dana McGregor has always loved the thrill of catching a wave, but it wasn’t until he took his pet goat to surf with him one day that he truly found his calling.

“I had a goat to clean my poison oak in the backyard and I decided to take it surfing on my birthday, then I ended up surfing goats,” recalls McGregor of the day his goat surfing journey began almost ten years ago.

McGregor, 42, now teaches kids how to surf from Pismo Beach, north of Santa Barbara, using his pet goats Pismo and Grover to help them overcome their fear of the water.

“When it’s the first time it’s scary but actually after you keep doing it and doing it it’s really fun,” said Mileah Robbins, 10, fresh off a wave with Pismo, eight years old.

The goats seem to be enjoying it too, judging by Pismo’s relaxed expression as he hit the waves.

“There is a freedom in surfing that you can’t find anywhere,” said McGregor, hugging his goats as they stood on the boardwalk, drawing the attention of children and others. passers-by.

“You are riding the waves that God brings to us, which bring healing, joy, freedom and peace to our lives, so I want everyone to experience it.”

(Reporting by Omar Younis; written by Karishma Singh; edited by Christian Schmollinger)

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