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Voice of America 11 Sep 2019

Adventure-Loving Dogs Learn to Surf in California

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Surfing is an ancient Polynesian art that became a craze in the U.S. and Australia in the 1950s. In the U.S., California, and Hawaii were ground zero for surf culture, and surf-based movies and music are still a thing. And these days, people aren't the only ones surfing. Khrystyna Shevchenko visited a unique surfing school. Anna Rice narrates her story.


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