Hang 20: Surf City Surf Dog Competition Heats Up Huntington Dog Beach

Hang 20: Surf City Surf Dog Competition Heats Up Huntington Dog Beach

Courtesy Dominique Labrecque

Here in Surf City USA, humans not only shred our consistent swell—dogs do too. Our furry companions hang paw so well, that every year we honor their skills in a three-day celebration, culminating in a competition at, of course, Huntington Dog Beach. Now in its 8th year, Unleashed by Petco Surf City Surf Dog is unleashing a new schedule, and here's a peek at the doggone fun.

Friday, September 23 // Opening Ceremony, 6-9 p.m.

Rainwater Gallery & Events Center, 526 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Anyone—and their pups—are welcome to help kick off the three-day pouchfest, and the cost is just a $10 minimum suggested donation to the event's charity partners: Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, Barks of Love, Huntington Dog Beach, Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond, and French Bulldog Rescue Network. Your donation also scores you two beers from Four Sons Brewing, light bites from Fred's Mexican Cafe, and red carpet "puparazzi" photos. Other features include a Surf Dog art gallery, with a portion of the sales also benefiting charity partners; pet collage artwork by local artist Kimberley Hansler, including the prototype for her recently unveiled Surfboards on Parade board "Hang 16"; raffle; and cash bar. 

Kimberley Hansler, Kiss, and "Hang 16" (Photo by Lauren Lloyd)

Saturday, September 24 // SUP With Your Pup, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Pirate Coast Paddle Company, 131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Surf City Surf Dog will head south to Newport Beach for a stand up paddle board session hosted by Pirate Coast Paddle Company. Rent a board at a special Surf City Surf Dog rate of $18, along with an entry fee of a suggested donation. If your pup's new to SUP, Dog Behavior Specialist Chris de Aboitiz from Sup Dog Oz will be on-hand and leading a "6 Steps to SUP with Your Dog" clinic.

Sunday, September 25 // Surf City Surf Dog Contest, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Huntington Dog Beach, 100 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Today's the day when our lauded "surfurs" hit the waves in a series of heats split by four weight as well as tandem divisions at Huntington Dog Beach. The competition begins at 8 a.m., with finals starting at 2 p.m., and the awards ceremony wrapping it up at 3 p.m. Open to the public, the event charges a $1 donation per person, which benefits charity partners. In the water you'll watch more than 70 "pawticipants" and international "surfurs" competing for barking rights. On the sand you'll find a canine expo featuring goodies from charity partners, sponsors, and exhibitors. 

Hobie (Courtesy Chris de Aboitiz)

Bonus Treat // Hobie

A one-year-old golden retriever mix with impressive water skills, Hobie has been fostered and trained by Australian Dog Behavior Specialist and surfer Chris de Aboitiz through the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue for the entire month of September. A former shelter pup, Hobie's resume now includes surfing, kite surfing, and SUP. He will shred with Aboitiz during the contest, then meet his forever family.

This year's Surf City Surf Dog serves as the final event in the 2016 Unleashed by Petco Double Dog Dare Surf Dog Series, which launched on July 30 in Imperial Beach. Lisa Scolman, Double Dog Dare Surf Series organizer, explained earlier this year: "This is going to be a great year for dog surfing. Canine athletes will have the chance to show their skills in the water at two iconic SoCal beaches and accumulate points towards becoming the overall series winner. The winner will enjoy bragging rights and the perpetual trophy, to be awarded at the Unleashed by Petco Surf City Surf Dog competition." 

Pawabunga, Huntington Beach!


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