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Surf City Surf Dog Competition Returns to Huntington Beach


The 7th Annual Unleashed By Petco Surf City Surf Dog surfing competition will be held September 25-27 at Huntington Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, Calif. Dog owners from around the world will join in the weekend-long event that features a multi-heat dog surfing competition, a “A Puppy Happy Hour” Red Carpet, PAWabunga Costume Contest, Dog Surfing History Exhibit and International Surf Dog Walk of Fame.


The weekend kicks off on Friday evening, September 25th, at the Shorebreak Hotel with the “I and Love and You” opening ceremonies, featuring a red carpet with puparazzi, the PAWabunga costume contest and happy hour with doggie-themed specialty cocktails.


The International Surf Dog Walk of Fame is held Saturday evening, September 26th, at the International Surfing Museum in Downtown Huntington Beach, where three canine inductees will be selected: Wahine Female Surf Dog, Kahuna Male Surf Dog and the Legacy Dog. They will have their names and paw prints forever preserved on their own stone at the museum. The International Surfing Museum will also have an exhibit on the history of dog surfing.


The main surf dog competition is on Sunday, September 27th at Huntington Dog Beach. The contestants will compete in Shredder/pro heats, four weight-class divisions, as well as a tandem heats. The dogs will be judged on a variety of skills, including the duration of their ride and their confidence on the board. Marine conditions, such as the size of the wave, will also be taken into consideration. Unique to the Surf City Surf Dog competition is the Shredder division. Shredders are more experienced dogs and owners, going outside to the bigger waves without assistance launching their dogs. Prizes will be awarded to the top dogs but, of course, all pooches will be winners and will receive a commemorative participation medal. The event ends with closing ceremonies and award presentations.


Event Schedule:

Shorebreak Hotel (500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA)
Friday, Sept. 25
6:00 p.m. Puppy Happy Hour, Red Carpet photos
6:45 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
7:00 p.m. PAWabunga Costume Contest
8:30 p.m. Awards and Raffle

Saturday, Sept. 26
International Surfing Museum (411 Olive Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA)
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Dog Surfing History Exhibit
6:45 p.m. – International Surf Dog Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Refreshments and Surf Movies

Sunday, Sept. 27
Huntington Dog Beach (Pacific Coast Highway at Goldenwest Street); Subject to change
8:00 a.m. Surf Dog Check-in opens
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Canine Expo
9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Unleashed by Petco Surf City Surf Dog® Competition
2:15 p.m. Awards/Closing Ceremony

Registration fees vary for the activities:

  • Happy Hour/Opening Ceremony: Pre-register online (by 9/24/15) for $10, $12 at the door
  • PAWabunga Costume Contest: Pre-register online (by 9/24/15) for $20 $25 at the door
  • Registration for these events includes a Doggie Goodie Bag and 1 Raffle Ticket. Additional raffle tickets for the raffle will also be for sale. All raffle ticket and Yappy Hour admission benefit the 2015 Charity Partners.
  • Surf Dog Competition: $60. Must pre-register online by Tuesday, 9/22/15, no event day registration
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