DOGS had a go at catching the waves at Branksome Beach on Sunday.

Owners and their four-legged friends took part in dog surfing competitions.

Only dogs with a proven love of the water were eligible, after weekly practice sessions ran all June.

Dog surfing competitions have already proved a big hit in places like California, Florida and Australia, but surf club owner Mark Reeves wanted to bring a similar event to Dorset.

The competition saw dog owners send their pets out on paddleboards in a series of heats.

The dogs which rode the most waves or had the best surfing styles received the highest scores.

Mark, who runs Shaka Surf Branksome, said the canine competitors were even offered lifejackets. A separate contest for owners who preferred to surf with their dogs, rather than sending them out solo, was also be held.