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About That Parade Float with the Surfing Dogs — and the Pool Industry Connection

From Pool and Spa News

The college football season is in the rear-view mirror, along with the bowl season and the pomp and circumstance associated with it.  For many people, the Tournament of Roses Parade is more important viewing than the actual Rose Bowl.  Those that tuned in this year were treated with a float that featured a wave swimming pool and a surfing dog.  This post from The Pool And Spa News explains the swimming pool industry connection that brought this float to national attention.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

If you watched the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade, you couldn’t miss it — a float with surfing dogs. Veteran boarder Sully headlined, but the crew included another eight canines of all varieties, including a Dachshund named Coppertone. All were surrounded by a tableau comprised of 250,000 flowers.

Besides the ooh’s and aah’s from broadcasters and viewers, the float won the Tournament of Roses’ Extraordinaire trophy and broke records as the longest and heaviest single-chassis float in history. “It’s not a float tied together with rope,” said Joey Herrick, whose foundation and company, Los Angeles-area Lucy Pet, entered the float. “It’s all steel and a single chassis.” Indeed, telecasts devoted several seconds of camera-time showing the 126-foot-long, 148,200-pound float maneuver around the corners.

To find the talent, Lucy Pet commissioned a mobile wave machine that traveled the country to audition approximately 1,000 dogs. The first mobile wave machine, according to Herrick, would travel empty, then be filled at its various destinations.

Believe it or not, there is a pool-industry component in all this: Manufacturers Pentair Aquatic Systems and Raypak donated pumps and heaters, respectively, for both vehicles and helped engineer parts of the float that involved their equipment.

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