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Surf Dog Competition held in San Diegoo's Del Mar, where people love their animals


September 7, 2008 Dog Beach, Del Mar.  Register:

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: 3200 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA.


San Diego--
Annual Surf Dog Competition is held in Del Mar, where the surf meets the turf. No, it isn't home to dog races, but it is home to horse racing, and doggy surfing contests.


Surf Dogs Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon in Del Mar


The third annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon is held in September at Dog Beach in Del Mar. It's a benefit for an animal center, and funds raised will help support worthy doggy causes for Helen Woodward Animal Center. Any day is a good time to spend with your dog at Dog Beach but on this day, the fun never stops.

Hundred dogs, thousands of people and sunshine greeted last year's entries to the lively and wet event.  Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon  HWAC spokesman John Van Zante said that while the entries are growing (last year around 60 dogs / 150 people -- over 2 people for every dog, the crowd swell is in the thousands. One of the most popular events to watch, people delight in seeing dogs hit the water for a hang 20 experience.  All proceeds going directly back to support the programs and services at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

In addition to the four-pawed surfers, prizes will also be awarded for human surfers with the Longest Wave, Best Trick, and Gnarliest Wipe-Out as determined by world champion surfer Guy Takayama and judges from Swami’s Surfing Association.

Prizes will be awarded for surfers who raise the most money. The Grand Prize for the top fundraiser will be an all-expense paid surf trip for two to an exotic destination. The team that raises the most money will win a trip for six to surfing hot spot Las Gaviotas.

“Dry land” activities will include the Canine Costume Contest when pups strut the “dogwalk” as celebrity judges pick this year’s Beach Bum and Bikini Babe Title Champs. Pat Webber and San Diego Surfing Academy will join Helen Woodward Animal Center, Pro surfer Guy Takayama, and Rob Kuty from San Diego Pet Training to teach Doggie Surf Clinics at 10:00 and 11:00 AM August 9th and 23rd in Del Mar.

For more information visit Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe or call 858-756-4117 x339. Register online for Surf Dog 2008:


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