6th Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition: hang ten, dude | Photo: PacificCoastNews.com

The 6th Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition was successfuly held at Imperial Beach, in California. Fifty surfer dogs from across the US competed for the best places, in three categories: small and large dogs and tandem surfing.

Points were given for the dogs’ style, confidence and how long they could ride a wave, with the winner taking a luxury pooch holiday.

Proceeds from the event will be directly channeled to support San Diego area schools through DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that garners funds for classroom projects in need of funding.

Each dog had 10 minutes to catch his or her top two waves and was scored on confidence level, length of ride and overall ability to "grip it and rip it". Winners scored the ultimate pet vacation at Loews Coronado Bay Resort and endless bragging rights.

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Jake Marshall: ramp lover

Surfing America has announced the first ISA Judging and Officiating Course. The event will be held on June 20th, in San Clemente, California.

The national governing body for surfing in the USA designed it to coincide with the Surfing America USA Championships and falls on the day before the Lower Trestles portion of the competition begins.

The ISA Judging & Officiating Development Program is the result of 15 years of research and development and is recognized as the most comprehensive judging education program in the world.

Surfing America and the ISA are both committed to the continued growth and success of surfing worldwide and recognize the need for a standardized accreditation course. The quality and credibility of every competition hinges on the education of its officials. And judging is the cornerstone upon which this credibility is measured.

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London Surf Film Festival: no waves, but plenty of good movies

The inaugural London Surf Film Festival will hit the capital of England between October 13th and 15th, 2011. The first surf movie festival will feature films, documentaries and independents on the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London.

From July 1st, filmmakers are invited to submit their entries for "The Shorts Competition". The competition is not constricted by genre - surfing and surf culture are wide open to creative interpretation and the festival expects submissions that explore all aspects and angles of surfing from documentary to stop-frame to animation and anything in between.

To be considered for selection, the short films must have a running time of five minutes or under and have been created after March 2009 by film-makers from or based in Britain and Ireland. Submissions will be open until 26th August 2011.

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