Surfer Teaches an Alpaca to Catch a Wave (Video)

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Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi loves to ride the waves--so much so, in fact, that he's made it his mission to share the experience with different animals he comes across. Over the years, Pianezzi has become quite accustomed to teaching all manner of furry and feathered friends how to surf, but for the first time yesterday he hit the waves with an alpaca, to raise awareness of the animal iconic in Peruvian culture, I guess. Not surprisingly, the poor alpaca doesn't seem to be having such a gnarly time.

Pianezzi told NPR that after 10 years of teaching dogs to surf, he's was eager to ride the waves with an animal from his native Peru:

I've surfed with a dog, a parrot, a hamster and a cat, but when I was at a competition in Australia I saw people surfing with kangaroos and koalas. So I thought that, as a Peruvian, it would be interesting to surf with a unique animal that represents Peru.

Apparently, some locals weren't too happy to see the little alpaca, named Pisco, propped up on a surfboard, though generally the stunt was met with amusement. While he may have looked a bit sheepish, Pisco seemed to handle the whole ordeal quite well--even showing some improvement in staying on the board. Still, he wasn't able to complete a full ride without jumping off.

But fortunately for Pisco, no lady-alpacas were around to see it.

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