The Surf City Surf Dog event is held every year at Huntington Beach, California and is a surfing camp for dogs and their human companions. This event is not just about fun, it is also a fund-raising event that helps to raise awareness of various dog related causes, including animal rescue and medical care.
There are various categories in which the dogs compete. Four weight categories allow dogs under 20 pounds to participate and other groupings mean that even dogs over 60 pounds can take part. Even if they don’t win, each dog gets a paw-ticipation medal at the surf camp.
Preparation is vital in any competition and in the months running up to the event the organizers offer training sessions for dogs and their human companions. The coaches are hired on two grounds – they must be qualified instructors and dog lovers.
For those who prefer to work together with their pooches there are a further two categories – one which involves a dog and a human working together and another which allows two dogs to surf together in tandem. Although the surf conditions can be quite, well, ruff, there are always people around to provide help should any of the participants find themselves in distress. In fact it is – such good fun that most of the time, keeping the dogs out of the water is the issue!
Last year at the Surfing Camp for dogs a world record was broken – 17 dogs surfing at the same time.
Keeping 17 dogs together on land is hard enough. On a surfboard? Well, the inevitable is going to happen, isn’t it?
There is an entry fee for the participants but a portion of the money goes towards one of the event’s official charity sponsors. They include the Huntington Dog Beach organization which maintains a one-mile stretch of golden sands in Southern California where dogs can run, swim, and play to their hearts’ content!
The dogs all have their own custom made wetsuits which really makes them look the part. All of this is, of course, caught by the pup-arazzi, who know just how to capture the dogs in their element!
Check out more pictures of the surfing camp for dogs below.
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