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September 18th, 2022: Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

Updated: Nov 1, 2022

A Pit Bull dog surfing in the ocean on a dog surfboard

Helen Woodward Animal Center will be hosting the annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon this Sunday, September 18th! This is a great opportunity to bring your four-legged friend out to the beach for a day of surfing, sand, and sun! The event will kick off at 8AM at Dog Beach in Del Mar, CA. All proceeds will benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center and fund the amazing work they do for rescue pets.

Wait, a surfing competition for dogs? Do dogs surf?


A brief history of surf dogs

Surfing has been around for centuries, with the first recorded instances of surfing occurring in Hawaii. Surfing dogs have also been a part of this history, with the first documented case of a pup shredding the waves in the early 20th century.

Since then, surfing dogs have become a staple of beach culture around the world. These dogs ride the waves just like their human counterparts, and they’ve even been known to compete in surfing competitions.

So why do dogs like to surf? It’s likely because they enjoy the sensation of riding on a wave. Just like us, they probably get a rush from riding a wave and hanging ten. Or maybe they just love the beach lifestyle and being surrounded by people having fun.

Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that surfing dogs are a unique and fun part of beach culture. So if you ever see a dog on a surfboard, give them a wave (see what we did there) and a shaka!

Get onboard

A surf dog hanging out on the beach in Del Mar