Dog surfing competition will take place in Huntington Beach

September 3, 2009 | Surfing
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Surf City USA will be going to the dogs as hundreds of canines and their owners flock to Huntington Beach on Oct. 11, 2009, for the inaugural Surf City Surf Dog, announced Book That Event, the event organizer.

Pooches will be able to “hang 20” in surfing competitions and strut their stuff in a variety of dog-gone fun activities and contests while raising funds for animal welfare organizations.

All activities will take place at Huntington Dog Beach, starting at 8 a.m.

“It is only natural to have a surfing competition for dogs in Surf City USA,” said Lisa Scolman of Book That Event, Inc. “Huntington Dog Beach is the perfect venue for the fun-filled growing sport of dog surfing. Plus there are plenty of exciting activities planned for dogs that prefer to keep all four paws on dry land.”

Dogs will compete in either small, medium, or large dog surfing heats and will be judged on a variety of skills, including; the length of their ride, the size of the wave, and their confidence on the board.

Prizes will be awarded for the top dogs but all pooches will be winners and receive a participation award.

Event activities also include a two-mile Woofin’ Walk, K-9 Kayaking, and numerous contests, including; dog-and-owner look-alike, best celebrity impersonation, and a costume contest.

A Hot Diggity Dog Expo will feature more than 40 pet-related vendors and organizations. The expo and many of the event activities will take place on Dog Beach located west of Pacific Coast Highway at Goldenwest Street.

Surf City Surf Dog official charities include: Boston Buddies, Boxer Orange County Animal Rescue, Inc., Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, Cuddly Canines, Pawsitive Teams – Help Patrick Walk and the Orange County Humane Society.