Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Rats That Shoot The Curl

Surfing Rats Ride 4 Ft Waves in Hawaii...Surfing rat 2 Elections, the global economic crisis, bridge closures, hurricanes and the war. In today's world we all need more of those human interest stories that make us laugh and put a smile on our face. A friend of mine thought the following news piece was one of those stories.

It may not have happened in the waters off Anna Maria Island, though we're sure you'll enjoy the story, and who knows... it may just become the next big thing in extreme sports!

It is a story about a boy and his incredible surfing rats who were taught to ride 4ft waves in Hawaii. Hope the Daily Mail doesn't mind my taking privilege to their copy. It's just one of those things that simply has to be shared.
Considering that rats generally live their lives swimming in the sewers, these rats truly are blessed. How would you like spend your life being housed, fed and taught to surf on a beach in Hawaii ;-)

Tofu and Fin
The Incredible Surfing Rats in Hawaii

Surfing rat, Tofu, clinging to his very own surfboard.He looks like a drowned rat. But clinging to his very own surfboard, this is simply a pet exploring his wild side. Tofu, as he is known, and his 14-year-old owner hit the waves twice a week at their local beach in Hawaii.

Along with his fellow rat Fin, Tofu catches waves of up to 4ft and even rides tunnels of water known as 'tubes'.Pictured to the right is Boomer Hodel with Tofu his incredible surfing rat.
The teenager built a surfboard for his rats Tofu and Fin and spent weeks teaching them to hold on until they can now handle full tube waves in Haleiwa, Hawaii.

Hodel started their training by gently pushing the rats into tiny ripples at the water's edge before moving them on to more advanced waves.Both the rats can swim and, after some early tumbles, can now perform tricks - often catching tubes in front of stunned onlookers.
Hodel draws big crowds of spectators at his local Laniakea Beach.
'They love surfing. Fin's favourite trick is a tube ride - where the wave breaks over him and he rides through a tunnel of water. Sometimes he falls off his board and I have to take him back to the beach to warm him up with a towel. But he is always raring to get back out there.'
'The first time I took the rats down to the beach it was to give them a wash because they were all dirty. But they loved the water so much I had to take them back.'

Hodel started by gently pushing the rats into tiny ripples at the water's edge, then moved on to more advanced waves and taught him to perform tricks like 'tube-riding'. The water-loving rats are even on a special diet to stay in shape. 'I give them high protein, low carbohydrate foods. It has really boosted their performance,' said Hodel.
Hodel made the 1ft-long surfboards himself with the help of pals Jeremy Martin and Akila Barrnett , both 14. He got the idea when he snapped his surfboard on a big wave and decided to turn each half into a smaller surfboard using sandpaper and fibreglass.

His incredible pets were caught on camera by Hawaiian photographer Clark Little. He aid: 'I saw these kids walking down the beach with two rats and some tiny surfboards so I went over to see what they were doing. 'I couldn't believe it when the rats started surfing. They were really good, surfing very fast and having a grand old time.'
'I thought it was weird at first but they both seem to really enjoy it and the rats are good swimmers.
Rats are survivors. Maybe that's why these ones are so good at extreme sports.'
Now if that doesn't make you laugh and put a smile on your face you're not a true Anna Maria Islander... lol.
Thanks to photographer Clark Little and MailOnline for making us laugh and putting a smile on our faces.

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