Dogs ride the waves at the annual surfing competition on Huntington beach in California. Canine competitors at this year’s event participated in heats based on their weight. The dogs were judged on their skills, the duration of their ride and their confidence while riding
In Huntington Beach, surfing is not just for the bronzed and buff surfers – it has gone to the dogs…literally. Over 65 dogs hit the waves for the Surf City Surf Dog event which took place right on the iconic Southern Californian beach on Sunday 27 September in a bid to raise money for dog-centric charities.
The dogs are separated by weight class (to keep it fair) and include all types of dogs from pugs and bulldogs to golden retrievers and labradors. For the pooches who didn’t win, each dog received a ‘pawticipation’ medal for their efforts.
The contest is now in its seventh year, attracting competitors to Huntington Beach from all over the United States. These pups don miniature life vests to ‘hang 20’ as they mount surfboards and compete in a full-fledged surf competition.
The weekend long event also included a doggie fashion show, a ‘yappy’ hour, and dog yoga.
Huntington Beach is a mecca for holidaying dog owners. It is known for its canine-friendly hotels, resorts and restaurants, named “DogTown USA” by Dog Fancy Magazine. Dog friendly accommodations feature the Shorebreak Hotel and the Hilton Waterfront Resort.