Surf Dogs Making a Splash

Helen Woodward Animal Center and Iams holding the 7th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-thon in Southern California this weekend.

Surf DogThe country’s largest surf dog contest, benefiting orphaned animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, takes to the waves this weekend  at Dog Beach in Del Mar, Calif. This year’s competition will feature Iams’ Four-Legged V.P. of Canine Communications, Pawl Griffin, Internet sensations surf dogs Ricochet, Nani, Dozer, and Buddy along with more than 80 other dogs surfing in four different weight class competitions.

Winners are selected based upon their ability to ride the waves, have fun and stay on their boards.  Each “hang twenty” surf heat is judged by top riders from Volcom, along with other surf pros and aficionados including celebrity judges Jenni Pulos, co-star of the popular Bravo reality show, Flipping Out, Michael Munoz from CBS’ Amazing Race, retired pro surfer and actor Kalani Robb from Blue Crush and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and TransWorld SURF Editor-in-Chief Chris Cote.  The top winners from each category are invited back to surf in a final “Best in Surf” at 1p.m. PT. 

Other dog-friendly activities include the Beach Bum Bikini Babe Canine Costume Contest, Doo the Dah, where people and pets in costume surf together, and more than 40 interactive vendor booths. 

“Iams strives to improve the lives of orphaned pets, so we’re especially proud to partner with Helen Woodward Animal Center to sponsor an exciting and important event as the Surf-Dog-A-Thon, which brings together all types of dogs to raise awareness for homeless animals,” says Laura Lewis, communications manager for Iams. “We’re also excited to cheer on our very own VP of Canine Communications – Pawl Griffin – competing for top dog honors.”

All proceeds from the annual competition and activities go towards the animals and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.


Sunday, September 9th, 2012
8am – 2pm


Del Mar Dog Beach
Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014


For more information on the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon or to register your dog as a surf competitor, click here or call 858-756-4117 x 350.  You may also stop by Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe in Rancho Santa Fe. 

If you can’t be there in person, watch the broadcast live at 8:30am PT/11:30am ET on the Helen Woodward Animal Center Google+ Page, or on the homepage of Viewers will get a bird’s eye of all of the surfing heats and festivities. 

Surfing Dogs- Courtesy Helen Woodward Animal Center


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