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Surf Dog Surf -A-Thon Is Back This Weekend - UPDATES!

The Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon took place Sunday, September 7th, 2014 from 8am to 2pm PST 

Here are some of the highlites!

2014 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon Hangs 10 in California

Angie Girl (below) takes a ride on the shoulders of her surfing pilot during the 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon presented by the Helen Woodward Animal Center and Blue Buffalo in Del Mar, CA on September 7, 2014. Many of the 80 dogs that competed in several classes were rescues.

(©) Alan Zasi/Incredible Features

Despite warnings of hurricane inspired waves along the southern California coast, the 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon took place with all paws on their surf boards Sunday, Sept. 7th.

8-year-old English Bull Dog Dozer took the honors again following his win in last year’s competition as best overall canine surfer up against a doggy lineup of 80 4-legged howling surfers.

“Dozer has surfing in his DNA,” exclaimed his co-owner, Doug Hokstad. Asked by a reporter what Dozer’s training is like, he smiled and said “a lot of sleeping, a lot of eating, and a lot of surfing.”

But it’s really about having a lot of fun out on the waves, added Dozer’s co-owner, Gigi Bagaporo. “When he’s out there he just smiles,” she said. “He’s always out there having a good time.”

And, she added, “It’s all for a good cause, the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Dozer wants to help all his furry friends out there and give them the support they need.”

For more information on the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, visit or call 858-756-4117.

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s canine surf contest is the largest of its kind in the country and will feature more than 80 dogs surfing in four different weight class competitions.   Winners are selected based upon their ability to ride the waves, have fun and stay on their boards.  Keeping their eyes on the prize, “Top Surf Dog 2014”- hopefuls will compete for the coveted title, judged by celebrities, surf pros and aficionados. 
WHERE:  Dog Beach in Del Mar
WHEN:  Sunday, September 7th, 2014 between 8:00am – 2:00pm.
WHAT:·Life-vested canines competing in real surfing heats – 4 different weight classes!

·     A Costumed Stand Up Paddle Board Pup Parade!
·     Land-loving pups showing off their “Beach Bum” or “Bikini Babe” costumes.
·     Kids Activity Area with face painting, hula hooping and more.
·     70+ surfing dog-loving vendors joining in on the fun.
·     Laura Nativo Pet Lifestyle Host of Hallmark Channel's Emmy-Nominated Series, Home & Family,
·     Premier surf instructor and top male tandem surfer Kahuna Bob,
·     Founder and publisher of Surf Life for Women Magazine, Sunshine Makarow,
·     Jagger & Kristi, hosts of the morning show on Magic 92.5


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