WE'VE all heard of a doggy paddle - well now meet the doggy surfers, a pair of black Labradors who have stunned their owners with their ability to 'hang 10' just like humans.
Mark and Gill Berry, of Green Acres Avenue, Ickenham, discovered Branston and Pickle's talent during a weekly trip to their favourite beach in West Wittering, West Sussex.
Fashion photographer Mr Berry, 39, and his hairstylist wife, 38, who together own Hug8 in Bakers Road, Uxbridge, initially took their pets to the seaside in an attempt to encourage Branston to lose some weight.
Mr Berry said: "We started off by teaching the dogs to swim, and on one occasion, as I was coming out of the sea, I noticed Branston actually body surfing on the waves.
"We decided to hire a surf board which I would swim out to sea on, and let him chase me. After we got to about waist deep, he jumped on the board, and we couldn't believe he could stand up on all fours.
"Pickle wants to do whatever Branston is doing, so naturally wanted to surf as soon as she saw him having a go, although she is not quite as good as he is - she started surfing side saddle and doesn't have the same ability to balance."
Mr Berry says that the dogs have developed such a passion for their newfound sport, they are now rather more discerning about which waves they surf on: "They have become very snobby and only want to go to places with big white waves - rivers and canals are not good enough any more, I think they just don't get the same adrenaline rush."
Branston and Pickle have been sponsored by Wittering Surfing Shop, and have been invited to showcase their skills at a surfing competition in West Wittering in October. Mr and Mrs Berry also plan to organise a dog surfing competition at the beach next summer.
The pair's unusual ability to master the waves has captured the attention of the national press, with coverage in The Times, The Metro, London Tonight and YouTube.
To see Branston and Pickle in action, log onto YouTube and type in K9XS in the search bar.