Registration open for Surf Dog Surf A Thon

The 5th annual Surf Dog Surf A Thon happens on Sept. 12 and biped and quadruped surfers are encouraged to register.

“You can’t get more Southern California than this,” is how a reporter in England described the annual, “Surf Dog Surf A Thon,” benefiting Helen Woodward Animal Center.

The event takes place Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dog Beach in Del Mar.

The competition features “Doo the Dah for the Dogs,” where individuals and teams of up top 10 will surf while wearing costumes. Judges including champion surfers and members of the host surfing club Swami’s Surfing Association. They will pick the top three individual or team costumes as well as the best themed team ride.

Activities for Sand Crabs (non-surfers) will include the Beach Bum and Bikini Babe Canine Costume Contest. Dogs will strut their stuff on the catwalk as celebrity judges, including Shorty (as seen on Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss”) and Animal Planet veterinarian Dr. Stacy Funchino, pick the best costumes.

Pat Weber and the San Diego Surfing Academy will join world champion tandem surfer and board designer Guy Takayma and San Diego Pet Training owner Rob Kuty to oversee the event and assure safe surfing for all of the dogs and humans involved in the contests.

For more information, call (858) 756-4117 x339 or visit


SOURCE: Press Release