She’s been called everything from Reggie Jackson to Kelly Slater, but one thing is for certain when it comes to Booker D. Surfdog… a champion is a champion regardless of the nickname.While most professional surfers are heading to Mavericks or Pipeline, dog surfing’s bodacious bad girl, who now has the earned elegance of the grande dame of dog surfing, is heading to New Jersey to turn her retirement jacket back into a PawsAboard Life vest and reclaim the title of American’s Surfing Sweetheart.Returning to the roots of East Coast surfing, the “Kelly Slater of Canines” will be joined by Onyx Shorepound Surfdog to jettison the mirrored flats of Florida for the beach bustin’, boardwalk cruisin, surf cities of the Garden State for the 2017 Old Dogs & New Tricks Surf Tour.Joining the amazing team from the HEART of SURFING, the dynamic duo is prepped for a summer of love providing free surfing and skateboarding for children with autism and other special needs.“Booker has been pretty antsy in retirement and we thought that this was a great opportunity for us at Team Surfdog to step up and to stand by those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder,” says Booker’s “service human” Pops. “Learning and understanding Autism is a major issue in today’s world. Booker D is great on that level, so HEART of SURFING and Booker D. are a perfect fit.”One of canine surfing’s most famous retirees, Booker D. will be yet another legendary surfer to visit America’s iconic Jersey shores. This year’s July 4th celebration, which has special meaning for Booker because it is Onyx’s birthday, is set to be a highlight of the upcoming tour.“Onyx and Booker are teaming up to chomp the shore,” says Pops. “The Brevard county surf legends are going to make sure they leave their pawprints all over the Jersey Shore – not unlike recently passed Dick “The Cat” Catri and Ron Dimenna did in another era.”Come join Booker and Onyx on their 2017 Old Dogs & New Trick Surf Tour this summer on:June 24th – 57th Street, Ocean City, New Jersey 11:30 AMFor more information, visit: bookerdsurfdog.com or fidsc.comTo follow Booker D. Surfdog on Facebook, visit: Booker D. Surfdog and Team Surfdog Booker D. Surfdog and Onyx strike a pose.
Folau, an Evangelical Christian, wrote on his Instagram page last month that gays would be condemned to “hell” if they failed to “repent”, sparking outrage on social media and criticism from a key sponsor.The 29-year-old, who faced no sanction from Rugby Australia (RA), is now set to feature in the Waratahs’ game against the Blues in Sydney tomorrow night after recovering from a hamstring injury.”I’ve said what I said in recent weeks,” Folau told reporters on Thursday. “I stand firm on what I believe in and that’s from something personal with who I am.”It’s got nothing to do personally with anyone, teammates, or anyone that is involved in the game.”I’ve opened up a bit and hopefully a lot of people can see where I come from and why I said that. As a rugby player it doesn’t change me who I am as a person. I’m the same person when I go on the field.”Folau, whose RA contract expires at the end of the season, refused to clarify his future but said he will not hold grudges against the governing body.”In terms of contract talks, it’s something that my management deal with,” he added.”You can’t hold grudges, you can’t take it personally. I’ve been fine with how everything has rolled out the last month and my focus is getting back out there on the field.” read more