Hang 10 With Your Pup At Surf City Surf Dog Competition

Rachel Leavy
by Rachel Leavy
Hot dogs will want to head to California for the 6th annual Unleashed by Petco Surf City Surf Dog Competition

What could possibly be more fun than to watch dogs of all shapes and sizes don their life vests and hit the waves on surf boards? From September 26 to 28, Huntington Beach in California will go to the dogs for the 6th annual Surf City Surf Dogcompetition.

The heats of the competition are broken up by size, and there’s even a tandem dog/dog or dog/human competition! Winners are picked based on their confidence on the surfboard and the length of time they stay on. But really, all of these dogs are winners – even in the event of a wipe out, all pooches will receive a participation medal. The winners of each heat receive a $25 gift certificate from Unleashed by Petco.

“This is such a high-energy, entertaining weekend for pets, pet parents and surf fans alike,” explains Lisa Scolman, the event coordinator for the Surf City Surf Dog event. “There’s something for everyone throughout the weekend.”

Not only is this event a blast for competitors and spectators alike, it does give back. Portions of the registration fees go to the event’s Official Charity Sponsors, and contestants are encouraged to raise funds by being sponsored. Some of the charities include: Southern California Bulldog Rescue, Barks of Love and the Westie Rescue of Orange County.

Here’s the official Schedule of Events if you’re thinking of attending:

Friday, Sept. 26

Shorebreak Hotel (500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA)

6:00 p.m. Yappy Hour, Red Carpet photos

6:45 p.m. Opening Ceremonies

7:00 p.m. PAWabunga Costume Contest

8:00 p.m. Awards

Saturday, Sept. 27

International Surfing Museum (411 Olive Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA)

3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Dog Surfing History Exhibit

6:45 p.m. – International Surf Dog Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Refreshments and Dog Surfing Movies

Sunday, Sept. 28

Huntington Dog Beach (Pacific Coast Highway at Goldenwest Street)

8:00 a.m. Surf Dog Check-in opens

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Canine Expo

9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Unleashed by Petco Surf City Surf Dog®

2:15 p.m. “I and Love and You” Awards/Closing Ceremony

For more information or to donate, visit the Surf City Surf Dog website. And to get you in the surfing mood, check out the video below.

Rachel Leavy
Rachel Leavy

Rachel Leavy lives in Rochester, New York with her dog, Maria, and her gecko, Nigel. She has loved animals all her life, and has owned her own dog training and walking company for five years. When she's not playing with puppies, she can usually be found writing short stories, riding horses or out at a play.

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