Bidding Aloha to Pulu The Surfer Dog (1999-2013)

Guest Blogger: Rocky Canon (Pro Surfer, Turtle Bay Surf Instructor, Pulu’s Best Friend)

Pulu (born in December 1999) was a Pit-Lab  mix who loved his master and loved the ocean.  As a pup, he would follow me out surfing to the breaking waves!  Crazy loyal.  I would have to paddle back to the beach and tie him to a rock or a tree.

He had an older brother, Opio(born in Oct. 1997), an Aussie cattle dog, Border Collie mix that would stay by my towel and did not need a leash to do so.  Pulu couldn’t help himself, so for the first several months he had to be tied up next to Opio.

Then came the day I borrowed my friend’s tandem board to entertain some nieces and nephews at the beach.  Of course Opio & Pulu joined us.  Both dogs loved to swim, but it was Pulu that clamored up onto the board, took his position at the bow, and off into the surf we went.  He caught his first wave at just over 1 years old!

We caught the attention of Crazy Shirts, who featured us on their back cover (a $300 one day job), as well as Nikon Camera (a 2 day $1000 job) and Maui Jim, which Pulu had to surf with a female model.  That was his first and only experience being on a board with someone else, it paid $150, and from what I hear, Pulu did awesome.  We figured it would be best without me around to limit his distraction.

Pulu & Opio went with me everywhere:  to work as a Honolulu C&C lifeguard, to beach parties, and to my every surf session, waiting for me on the beach (as a professional surfer, I surfed almost every day). Pulu even jumped off Waimea rock with me more than a dozen times!  They lived a charmed North Shore Dog life.

Two years ago, while working at Turtle Bay teaching surfing, I thought it would be fun to show our guests how Pulu surfed, and thought that most would enjoy seeing a dog on a surfboard.  He needed a uniform to work, so we got him a wetsuit and Hans Hedemann Surf School rash guard to wear, and he took to it very well.  He was requested to come along during surf and SUP lessons, one time a guest bought him his own chicken tender plate at the Hang 10 Bar.  He scored tons of French fries and has made so many new friends.  He has opened the door for my new surf dog Hina.

Putting him to rest Friday July 12, 2013 was the hardest thing I’ve done to date, and I miss him so very much.  I know it was just as hard for him to see me for the last time on this earth, if not harder, because he was so crazy loyal.  I know he’s with Opio up there and they’re waiting for me.

Pulu & Opio had a very loving family environment and we would like to thank Turtle Bay & the Hans Hedemann Surf School for showing extra special love to Pulu in these last couple of years, absolutely legendary.  Mahalo.  – Rocky Canon


Some of our favorite memories of Pulu at Turtle Bay
Christmas 2012
Pulu inspired all ages! As one guest said before his surf lesson , “If Pulu can surf, I can do it!”

Hanging out by the Hans Hedemann Surf School

Pulu helping Rocky with a surf lesson at Turtle Bay

Quality BFF Time at Turtle Bay

Aloha Oe Pulu

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 11:06 am and is filed under Activities, Hometown Hospitality, Surfing. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

16 Responses to “Bidding Aloha to Pulu The Surfer Dog (1999-2013)”

  1. Cydney Thornbury Says:

    My husband and I got married in Hawaii and stayed at Turtle Bay Resort back in October. I’m happy to say that I got to see this dog in action…and i’ve got pictures to prove it! :) It’s not everyday you see a dog that can surf!! RIP Pulu!

  2. Owen Evans Says:

    I have a 15 second video I took in May ’13 of Pulu surfing a wave. I would love to post it.
    Let me know where I can.
    Thank you,
    Owen Evans

  3. Cindy Says:

    ALoha Rocky,
    Phil and I want you to know how much we are thinking about you at this time. Pulu is and always be with you. He will always be a member of your family as Opio was and Hina is.
    You were brave and helped him pass into an even better world that he has experienced. Now, he is running and surfing and, as you say, waiting for you.
    Bless you and him, our friend.
    Cindy and Phil

  4. Yvonne Says:

    What a great friend! I’m so sorry for your loss! <3

  5. Michael Says:

    Miss Pulu!! Saw him in May 2013 when My wife and I visited turtlebayresort. Very awesome

  6. Roy Nacapuy Says:

    We will miss Pulu! He was a great pet to all of us at the Turtle Bay. God bless to Rocky for bringing Pulu into our lives. We love you always Pulu!

  7. Turtle Bay Says:

    Please post to – Big Mahalo!

  8. Terry Moea'i Says:

    Another iconic angel returns home…..Peace be the journey Pulu…..LIVE LIKE PULU!!!!

  9. The Preston Family Says:

    Pulu was a special dog, my family was fortunate to be very close with Pulu, and enjoyed many days in the surf with him. We will always love him, and of course, his Master Rocky Canon. What a special man. Much love from the Preston Family

  10. Peter & Nani Says:

    Very sorry to hear about Pulu’s passing.
    I never got to see him surf, but Surf Dogs are a very Special Breed of dog that touch the hearts of so many. Be a peace knowing he’s passed on to the Rainbow Wave where I bet he’s dropping in an awesome left right now. Woof!

  11. Stef Says:


    Bhashini and I are so sorry to hear about Pulu :(

    We know what it’s like to loose a family member. Glad we met him – he was such an awesome dog. Keep your head up mate.


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  13. Brad Wright Says:

    Thanks for sharing your touching experience with your little buddy. He sounds like he had a great life and warmed a lot of hearts. Mahalo

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