Surfing dogs were definitely this weekend's best sports highlight

The seventh annual Surf City Surf Dog contest was held this weekend in Huntington Beach, Calif. (We'll excuse you if it escaped your radar.) Sixty-four pooches competed in the charity shindig, according to the Orange County Register, which also reports of "a red carpet event with 'puparazzi,' a costume contest and an International Surf Dog Walk of Fame that recognized three standout surfing dogs."

Event producer Lisa Scolman told the paper the Surf City Surf Dog contest has seen its number of canine participants double since year one.

“What’s not to love about dogs surfing? It’s growing: Every year there’s more dogs learning to do it,” Scolman said. (For proof of this apparently burgeoning sport's popularity, look no further than a similar contest held in Southern California last month.)

First, second and third-place finishers were awarded across a range of categories — there was even a tandem competition, but now let's get down to what's really important: AMAZING PHOTOS OF DOGS LITERALLY SURFING ON SURFBOARDS. Behold: