“Poor Baby May She RIP”: Sports World Left Devastated by the Saddening Loss of Renowned Surfing Dog Who Supported People With Disabilities

Published 04/02/2023, 9:06 AM EDT

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Where would humanity be if not for the constant support from their closest companions – Dogs? Surfing dogs have often challenged human surfers with their skills, like this iconic moment in 2022. But this one, in particular, is about a Golden Retriever who surfed on the Pacific waters of San Diego shores. After she recently made the “journey to the rainbow bridge”, surfing fans from all over social media are collectively mourning the loss of this brave dog.

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Ricochet was a therapy dog who spent her entire life in those waters, supporting those with disabilities. On Friday night when she finally succumbed to her long-fought battle with cancer, news spread quickly far and wide. There was no lack of emotions and support for her from the surfing community a large.

The incredible void that surfing dog Ricochet left behind


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In a Facebook post, Fox 5 San Diego wrote, “A therapy dog known for catching waves on the Pacific waters of the San Diego coast has lost her battle is now making ‘the journey to the Rainbow Bridge'”. The expression at the end is associated with beloved pets and their journey into the afterlife. An article attached detailed the various achievements and contributions of Ricochet over her lifetime.

It all started naturally in 2009 when Ricochet jumped on the surfboard of a 14-year-old quadriplegic boy and started braving the waves together. It was a smooth manner of counterbalancing the water current. The Golden Retriever soon got into this job in a dedicated manner.


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She had also won several surf dog competitions before dedicating her full time to help those in need. Therefore, the emotions poured over loss are especially overwhelming.

No one isn’t missing her

Upon realizing the impact Ricochet has had over the years, the surfing community realized what major void must she leave behind with her passing. Here’s how they reacted:

“She was the best dog and such an inspiration!”

“Ride the waves in heaven little one!”

“She was such a wonderful girl…she will be missed!”

“Poor baby May she RIP”

“Such an incredible dog. I’m sure she’s surfing over the Rainbow bridge”

“If Heaven is full of much loved dogs it must be a wonderful place”


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“RIP, I got her book, I read about how she started as a therapy dog. I hope she meets my Daisy Duke, she crossed the rainbow bridge last October”

“SOAR on your beautiful new wings. Prayers and hugs Mommy”


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Besides all her efforts, Ricochet also starred in the movie “Superpower Dogs”, which also delves into the abilities of the most remarkable dogs in the world. Ricochet was no less than any of them.

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Written by:

Tanmay Roy


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Tanmay Roy is an American sports writer at EssentiallySports. For Tanmay, it was the Olympics that turned out to be the defining moment to take a serious interest in the field of sports. As a sports writer, he finds his inspiration from the early individual achievements of Michael Phelps, Pete Sampras, and John McEnroe.
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Anupama Ghosh




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