Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I've got nothing to add

Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi rides a wave with his alpaca Pisco at San Bartolo beach in Lima, March 16, 2010.   Credit: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares


ronnie said...

I'll take an alpaca on a surfboard over a bear in a hammock any day. Now THAT'S news.

Sherwood Harrington said...

I haven't quite made up my mind about this guy. A while ago, he gained some notoriety for taking a dog and a cat out to shoot the curl with him. As you can see from the comments on the linked video, opinion seems to be split on whether this is cool or constitutes animal cruelty.

I think I'm coming down on the side of "cool," though. Ask Mojo what he thinks of it, ronnie.

Mike said...

Hmm .. I did a little dry-land surfing and found some video of him with the alpaca, and it's a different picture in motion: The animal gets off the board about as quickly as it is able to. I think he's figured out how to get an animal to do what he tells it, but there's no video of the alpaca climbing onto the board on its own. I have a feeling that this guy wouldn't have any use for his "pets" if he could surf well enough to attract camera crews on his own.

Sherwood Harrington said...

That's the key, isn't it? If the animal shows signs of actually wanting to do it, that would be cool. So now I'm pretty squarely coming down on the side of "not cool."

I still want to know what Mojo thinks of it, though.