Helen Woodward’s 13th Annual Dog Surf-a-Thon at Del Mar Dog Beach

DEL MAR (KUSI) – For 13 years, surf dogs and their human parents have been fundraising and catching waves with tail-wagging enthusiasm for a good cause.

Dani Ruberti and Mark Mathis were live at Del Mar Dog Beach to check out this year’s Dog Surf-a-Thon.

Helen Woodward‘s Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon is the first-of-its-kind, turning ‘dogs on surfboards’ into a platform to raise life-saving funds and reminding the world that “man’s best friend” can do phenomenal things.

For months, top surf dog contenders and newbies have been training hard and attending Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog and SUP Lessons in paw-paration for the longest running surf dog competition in the country. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 13th annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon, presented by Blue Buffalo, dives into action at Dog Beach Del Mar on Sunday, September 9th, 2018, from 8am to 2pm PST.

Throughout July and August, water-loving dogs and their favorite people partners have been learning the ropes and perfecting their skills on the waves with help from the experts at SoCal Surf Dogs. This summer, more than 120 GromMUTTS signed up for the special lessons with 100% of the proceeds supporting Helen Woodward Animal Center’s orphan pets and programs.

The live-streamed event features more than 70 dogs competing in different weight classes for the coveted title of “Top Surf Dog 2018.” The canine competitors will ride into 10 minute heats with help from their human parents and “hang 20” before a panel of judges consisting of celebrities, surf pros and aficionados.

Each dog is judged on their ability to ride the waves, stay on the board and show off their surf spirit. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded for each weight class and the first place winners will move on to the finals – Best-In-Surf.

But the fun on the water doesn’t end there. A unique freestyle surf contest will award points for creativity. Tandem rides for dogs who can ride with their best friends and even their favorite human, eye-catching tricks and costumes are encouraged to wow the judges.

Del Mar Dog Beach is the place to be to witness the cutest surf competition of the year. Spectators can lounge back and take part in dog and family-friendly activities. They will include live beach tunes, 50 interactive vendor booths with great gifts, snacks and dog items available for purchase, food, the crowd favorite Canine Costume Contest, drawings and a FREE special Kid’s Activity area – with crafts, games and more! Plus, the Surf Dog Hall-of-Fame Induction Ceremony will take place.

100 percent of the proceeds from the annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon support the life-saving work at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Top fundraising pooches not only get to help orphan pets, additionally the top fundraiser will receive a surf-photoshoot with their picture featured on the 2019 Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon billboard, seen by thousands throughout San Diego.

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 90,000 people and more than 10,000 animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the International Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, the International Remember Me Thursday® campaign and The Business of Saving Lives Workshops, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world. For more information, go to: www.animalcenter.org.

Dani also spoke to Holly from the Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC), who introduced 4 month-old Polly, a Poodle/Terrier blend up for adoption.

Polly is a friendly puppy and would do well in any sized home. Poodles are an intelligent breed and take well to training. The terrier in her would love to run and play. She is an outgoing little pup who enjoys the company of people. Always ready for a pet and some snuggles, Polly would be good for anyone seeking a faithful, friendly pup.

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