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Ricochet is unlike most surfers. One, she’s a dog. But riding the waves is about more than just a love of the water for the golden retriever — it’s also about helping the disabled and other causes.

It began when Ricochet’s owner, Judy Fridono, saw the canine jump on board to help steady the ride for a paraplegic teenager. She posted a video of it on YouTube where it garnered 4.4 million views and that sparked an idea.

“I thought, ‘Well gosh ... We're getting all this attention and we certainly don't need it for ourselves, so let's use it as a platform to help other people.’ And that's how it started, and it's never stopped,” Fridono said.

So, Surf Dog Ricochet was born.