Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon ~ A Tail Wagging Good Time!


Helen Woodward's Surf-A-Thon

Helen Woodward Animal Center is hosting the sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, the largest surf dog contest in the country, at Dog Beach in Del Mar, from 8am-2pm on Sunday, September 25th! The event, which is presented by Eukanuba, includes a service dog tribute to police and search and rescue dogs as well as more than 80 dogs hitting the waves to raise awareness of and money for orphaned pets while promoting responsible pet ownership.

The event also features the Beach Bum Bikini Babe Canine Costume Contest; Doo the Dah, where people and pets in costume surf together to raise funds for Helen Woodward Animal Center; more than 70 interactive vendor booths; and the induction of the first dog into the HWAC Surf Dog Hall of Fame.

Celebrity judges Tyana Alvarado from NBC’s The Apprentice, Craig Silke from ABC’s The Mole, Dennis Luciani from NBC’s Average Joe, Mark Munoz and Michael Munoz from CBS’ Amazing Race and Gillian Larson from CBS’s Survivor will be judging the costume contest and Doo the Dah.

The Surf Dog competition will be judged by some of top riders from Volcom, other pros and surfing aficionados.

Dog Beach in Del Mar

Sunday, September 25 from 8am – 2pm

8:00am ~ Service Dog tribute featuring police and surf & rescue dogs
8:30am – 9:10am ~ Small Dog Surf Heats
9:15am – 9:55am ~ Medium Surf Dog Heats
10:00am – 10:45am ~ Beach Bum and Bikini Babe Canine Costume Contest
10:30am – 11:10am ~ Large Dog Surf Heats
11:20am – 12pm ~ Doo the Dah (Human Surfing Contest)
12pm – 12:40pm ~ Extra Large Surf Dog Heats
1:00pm – 1:20pm ~ Best In Surf Competition
1:30pm ~ Awards Ceremony honoring top competitors & the first dog voted into the Surf Dog Hall of Fame

About Eukanuba
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About Helen Woodward Animal Center
Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the international Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive and the Animal Center Education Services program, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.

For more information, visit or call 760-756-4117. Looks like a fun time! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

The Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon was a great event today! The SoCal Kids & I loved attending, and seeing all the dogs (and their owners) having a great time. We received word that the event helped raise over $100,000 to help orphaned animals. Such success! Details are below:

“Del Mar, CA (Sept. 25, 2011) – Helen Woodward Animal Center announced today that more than $100,000 was raised during the sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon presented by Eukanuba. The event, which was held today at Dog Beach in Del Mar, is the largest surfing dog competition in the nation, attracting people and pets from all over the world. Eighty dogs competed but only one was named “top dog” – Surf Dog Buddy from Ventura. Buddy, who has won five of the six Surf Dog Surf-A-Thons also became the first inductee into the Surf Dog Hall of Fame during the event.

Bruce Hooker, Buddy’s owner, spoke during the Hall of Fame Ceremony stating that today was most likely the last race for the 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. “That last heat was probably the best of Buddy’s life,” said Hooker, who went on to say “Helen Wodward Animal Center hosts the best Surf Dog Competition and we are so proud to represent.”

More than just dogs surfing, the Surf-A-Thon featured a tribute to working dogs including police, search and rescue and service dogs. Other activities included the Beach Bum Bikini Babe Canine Costume Contest; Doo the Dah, where people and pets in costume surf together; and 70 vendor booths.

“It has been so exciting to see the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon grow and become more successful year after year,” said Nedra Abramson, the event organizer. “It’s a fun day at the beach for both people and pets and it is incredible that something this fun can be so beneficial to orphaned pets.”

More than 4,000 spectators gathered to watch dogs compete in four weight classes. The competition was judged by world champion tandem surfer Guy Takayama; Alex Gray from Volcom; Mike Emerson and Pat McGriff from the Swami’s Surfing Association and pro surfers Sunshine Makrow and Kristy Murphy.

Several celebrities were also on hand to help judge the canine costume contest including Tyana Alvarado from NBC’s The Apprentice, Craig Silke from ABC’s The Mole, Dennis Luciani from NBC’s Average Joe and Gillian Larson from CBS’s Survivor. Mike Munoz and Mark Munoz from CBS’s Amazing Race judged Doo the Dah.

Other standout surf dogs include second place finisher, Nani and third place finisher, Dozer, both from San Diego and who took home trophies and gift baskets full of dog toys and treats. Buddy won a giant “Best in Surf” trophy, a year’s supply of Eukanuba pet food and Tagg, the Pet Tracker for his first place finish.

Surf Dog Ricochet was also honored as the top fundraiser for this year’s Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, raising more than $6,000 for the pets and programs of Helen Woodward Animal Center. Helen Woodward Animal Center also received a $6,500 donation Snap Tracks, the makers of Tagg.

For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center and the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, visit or call 858-756-4117.”

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*Surf Dog Photograph with girl courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center.*