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We love our surfing animals and next weekend’s fourth annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, CA. is a celebration of their athletic prowess! Be part of the action September 28-30, 3012 for three days of doggone fun for all.

Once again, California’s dog-friendly Huntington Beach’s Dog Beach will be the site of this year’s competition since it’s specifically for the dogs. At Dog Beach, our four-legged friends rule year-round, and play, swim, dig and have a plain old fun time… mostly all off-leash.

Some of the activities planned this year include an Opening Ceremony and Dog Is Beachin’ Fashion Show, Surf City Dog Spaw Costume Contest and Expo and conclude with the Surf City Surf Dog Competition on Sunday.

For the competition, the surfing pooches will take part in four different weight classifications, from small dogs weighing under 20lbs. to extra-large pooches weighing in at more than 60lbs. Last year, more than 40 dogs competed at the event, with even a Guinness World record set by Abbie Girl, an Australian Kelpie and her owner Michael Uy, for longest ride on a board at 60 meters.

We’re looking forward to seeing if more world records will be set this year.

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Want to help SoCal Dogs in Need? The fourth annual SUP for a PUP is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th from 10am – 5pm. Newport Beach, CA-based sunglass company Kaenon Polarized, along with other fun companies including Becker brands Olukai, Hinano, Surftech, and Quickblade will be having a huge sample sale and animal adoption to help raise money for A Wish For Animals (AWFA). Wahoo’s Fish Taco will be selling food and drinks with the proceeds also going to AWFA.

AWFA is a 100% non-profit animal rescue for dogs and cats. Run completely by volunteers, they are able to provide funding to low income families who are unable to pay for large medical bills for their pets. Their mission is to help save as many animals as possible from suffering or death and find them wonderful homes to spend the rest of their lives.

Last year’s one-day SUP for a PUP event raised approximately $11,000 for the local animal rescue and 15 dogs found new homes.

If you’re thinking about adopting a dog, this is a great opportunity to find man’s best friend a great new home, and also score some great deals on premium products / apparel from local OC-based brands.

There will also be a raffle with a chance to win a standup paddleboard, eyewear, sandals and much more. Admission is free for everyone and if you adopt a dog, you’ll receive a gift bag. For more details, check out For further information on AWFA, go to Continue reading

SoCal and L.A. residents hoping for the second dog beach zone for L.A. County’s 75-mile coastline will have to wait some more. State Parks representatives last week cited risks to habitat and health in opposing an off-leash zone, and all but guaranteed there was “no chance” of opening a second canine-friendly stretch of seashore in Los Angeles.

Urged on by the advocacy group Unleash the Beach, the City Council voted last month to work with the state to establish a pilot off-leash dog zone in Santa Monica, but a subsequent meeting between Santa Monica city staffers and representatives of California State Parks, which owns Santa Monica State Beach, vetoed the pilot program.

California law prohibits unleashed dogs on state beaches without an order from a state parks superintendent. The agency remains firmly opposed to relaxing the rules, citing risks that dogs would pose to threatened species, habitat, beach-goers and other dogs.

The state also has raised concerns about the health and environmental effects of dog droppings. Water-quality groups also oppose a dog beach that extends into the surf, saying dog feces would pollute beach water and sand and sicken swimmers.

“Adding a new source of fecal bacteria to our local beaches doesn’t make any sense in these financially challenging times,” Heal the Bay President Mark Gold, although a dog owner, wrote on his blog.

Santa Monica taxpayers have spent millions of dollars cleaning up local beaches (over $2.5 million on the successful Santa Monica Pier cleanup alone.

So, for now, dog lovers must solely rely on Rosie’s Dog Beach, a 3-acre zone in Long Beach. It is the only place along L.A. county’s coastline where canines can legally run off-leash.

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We love a good surfing animal story, so we don’t want to forget to give you the scoop on last weekend’s third annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, CA.

Yes, California has dozens of beautiful beaches, but Huntington Beach’s Dog Beach is specifically for the dogs, and the site of this year’s competition. At Dog Beach, our four-legged friends rule year-round, and play, swim, dig and have a plain old fun time… mostly all off-leash.

Lots of records were attempted for the Guinness World Record’s® record books, such as one for most dogs on a board and one for longest ride by a dog on a surfboard. They were 10 seconds short of capturing the most dogs on a board record, but Abbie Girl, an Australian Kelpie and her owner Michael Uy, set the World Record for the longest ride on a board at 60 meters!

Congratulations to Abbie G and Michael and the Surf City Surf Dog event on successfully achieving the record and to all the surfing dogs out there waiting to catch the next wave!

The list of our doggie winners include:

Small Dog Category:
1- Kihei (Doxiewawa)
2- Luigi (French Bulldog)
3- Bandit (Rat Terrier)

Medium Dog Category:
1- Abbie G (Australian Kelpie)
2- Rookey (Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever)
3- Ryder (Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever)

Large Dog Category:
1- Pudge (Bulldog)
2- Jedi (Australian Kelpie)
3- Hanzo (Boxer)

Xlarge Dog Category:
1- Kona Kai (Labradoodle)
2- Stanley (Chesapeake Bay Retriever)
3- Boss (Pit Bull)

Most Improved:
- Boss (Pit Bull)

Best Wipeout:
- Deagen (French Bulldog)

Best Crowd Pleaser:
Tie – Joey (Westie) and Newman (Bulldog)

Earliest Risers:
Tie – Deagan & Lilly

Biggest Support Team:
- Team Joey

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Buddy, a seasoned 14-year old Jack Russell terrier who has been surfing off the coast of Ventura County, Calif., for the last decade with his owner Brucer Hooker, will be inducted into Surf Dog Hall of Fame on September 11th.

The athletic pooch has garnered numerous tournament wins, including the first four Surf Dog Surf-A-Thons. He became the “Fido face of dog surfing” after appearances on Animal Planet, Pet Star, ESPN, CNN, NBC and the CBS Morning Show.

The Surf Dog Hall of Fame is slated as part of the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, the world’s largest dog surfing event. This event raises funds for the center’s orphaned animals.

Congratulations, Buddy! Keep on shredding those waves!

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