What Smells Like Wet Dogs and Surf Wax?

The 3rd Annual “Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

Pat Webber and San Diego Surfing Academy will join HWAC, Pro surfer Guy Takayama and Rob Kuty from San Diego Pet Training to teach Doggie Surf Clinics at 10 and 11 a.m. August 9 and 23 in Del Mar in preparation of The 3rd Annual “Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon.

The aroma of wet fur, salty air, and an occasional shout of, “Cowabunga, Dog!” will point the way to the third annual “Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon” benefiting Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) on Sunday, September 7 at Dog Beach in Del Mar, Calif.

“During the 2007 event several hundred dogs and thousands of people ‘joined paws’ to make the second annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon benefiting Helen Woodward Animal Center a major success,” HWAC spokesman John Van Zante said. “Last year 60 registered surfing dogs, 110 human surfers, and thousands of spectators lined the beach. This year we’re expecting even more families to join us.”

“Most of the participants and sponsors will return from last year and many more will sign up. All proceeds going directly back to support the programs and services at Helen Woodward Animal Center,” HWAC Sponsorship Manager Nedra Abramson said.

In addition to the four-pawed surfers, prizes will also be awarded for human surfers with the Longest Wave, Best Trick, and Gnarliest Wipe-Out as determined by world champion surfer Guy Takayama and judges from Swami’s Surfing Association.

Prizes will be awarded for surfers who raise the most money. The grand prize for the top fundraiser will be an all-expense paid surf trip for two to an exotic destination. The team that raises the most money will win a trip for six to surfing hot spot Las Gaviotas.

“Dry land” activities will include the Canine Costume Contest when dogs strut the “dogwalk” as celebrity judges pick this year’s Beach Bum and Bikini Babe Title Champs.

For more information visit Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe or call (858) 756-4117, ext. 339.

View photos of Surf Dog Surf-AThon 2007 or register online for Surf Dog 2008 on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Web site at