Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon rescheduled due to sewage spill

Helen Woodward Animal Center announced Sept. 9 that the sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon presented by Eukanuba, has been rescheduled due to a sewage spill caused by the unprecedented county-wide power outage. The spill, which dumped 3.2 million gallons of sewage into Los Penasquitos Lagoon, has forced the closure of several beaches including Dog Beach in Del Mar, where the event was to take place Sunday. The Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon will now be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We are really disappointed to have to postpone the Surf-A-Thon,” said Nedra Abramson, the event organizer. “The safety of both the pets and the people participating in this event is our biggest concern and there is no way the beach will be safe by Sunday.”

The Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon features more than 80 dogs, including internet sensations Riccochet, Nani, Dozer, and Buddy hitting the waves in four separate weight classes to raise awareness of and money for orphaned pets while promoting responsible pet ownership. The event also includes the Beach Bum Bikini Babe Canine Costume Contest; Doo the Dah, where people and pets in costume surf together to raise funds for Helen Woodward Animal Center; and more than 70 vendor booths from some of the top brands of pet products and surf gear as well as other San Diego favorites including Eukanuba, Tagg, Playa Pup, Banfield Pet Hospitals, It’s Just Lunch and Schubach Aviation.

During the awards ceremony honoring the top dogs of the day, Buddy, a 13-year-old Jack Russell Terrier from Ventura, will become the first inductee into the Surf Dog Hall of Fame.

For more information about the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, visit or call 858-756-4117 ext. 312.

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2 Comments for “Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon rescheduled due to sewage spill”

  1. Stephanie

    The date change conflicts with another dog surfing competition that most of the dogs were to also be attending on 9/25, Surf City Surf Dog in Huntington Beach. HWAC knew this when they changed the date thus forcing surFURS, spectators, and vendors to choose which event to attend. We are hoping that they will change the date to a date in October so that all the surFURS who did register for both events will be able to attend!

  2. surf dog parent

    I really hope they would reconsider a different date even if it's in October. We have lost money from our hotel reservations. We would really love to be part of this contest but on this date there is already another surf contest in huntington beach. It's not fair us having to choose between the two since mostly everyone has made plans to go around this event. I understand the concerns and i have no problem with the date having to change i just wish it wasn't the same date as the other surf contest. Please reconsider a different date other then the 25th this way in October you have more time and you will have a lot of happy surf dog parents.

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