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This 17-year-old Jack Russell Terrier is making a name for herself as a champion 'SurFur'

Alika Vaquer
Alika Vaquer and Luna the Jack Russell Terrier

At the 20th Duke’s OceanFest in Waikīkī this week, keep an eye out for some four-legged "SurFurs." Among the events on tap for the week-long festival are canoe and stand-up paddleboard races, beach sports, and surfing competitions — including one featuring dogs. Eighteen teams and four solo surfing dogs will vie for this year’s title, including the world’s oldest surfing dog, Luna.

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Alika and Luna pose for a photo after the 2022 Raising Canes' Going to the Dogs SurFur ComPETition at Duke's OceanFest

The 17-year-old Jack Russell Terrier lives on Oʻahu and won the competition in 2016 and 2017. But Luna's life hasn’t been all waves and trophies. She’s battled cancer, overcome losing an eye, and nearly died after being mauled by another dog. The Conversation caught up with Luna and her surfing partner Alika Vaquer in Waikīkī last Friday.

Catch them in Tuesday’s “Raising Cane’s Going to the Dogs SurFur ComPETition at Duke’s OceanFest” starting at 9 a.m. at Queen's Beach. Spectators are encouraged, but the event organizers ask that pets be left at home.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Aug. 22, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at
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