Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, Del Mar, CA, Sept. 25, 2011

**Update: This event has been rescheduled for September 25, 2011 due to the power outage and sewage spill at Del Mar Beach.**

Spots are stoked for the opportunity to go on a surfin’ safari at the 6th annual Helen Woodward Animal Center Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon sponsored by Eukanuba where more that 80 Moondoggies (including last year’s top four-legged fundraiser, Surf Dog Ricochet) will ride the waves to raise awareness and funds for orphaned pets. (If you won’t be in Southern California for the event, be sure to check out our Eukanuba “Pink Pack” giveaway to win water toys and fun for your dog!)

Celebrity Spotting

A roster of reality TV stars will rally for the sake of Rovers as they take on the roles of judges at the event. In the Beach Bum and Bikini Babe Canine Costume contest, stylish Spots will strut in front of Tyana Alvarado from the NBC series The Apprentice, Craig Silke from ABC’s The Mole and Dennis Luciani from NBC’s Average Joe, while Mark and Michael Munoz from the CBS hit Amazing Race and Gillian Larson from the fan favorite Survivor will choose the top hot dogging pup/pet parent pairing in the Doo the Dah event.


  • Taking place on 9/11, participants and their pups at the Eukanuba-presented event will show their respect for police, search and rescue and military dogs during a special tribute which will kick-off the day of philanthropic play.
  • Bodacious barker Buddy, a 13-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, will be the first Spot to earn a spot in the Surf Dog Hall of Fame. Hanging 20 for the past 10 years, the cowabunga canine has rode a wave of fame with appearances on Animal Planet, CNN, ESPN, the CBS Morning Show. His famous face has also been splashed on the pages of People, Sports Illustrated and In Touch magazines and his “Wet and Woofy” video taking center stage at the launch of Steve Jobs’ I-Pad.
  • Looking for a barking beach buddy? Adorable adoptables from The Helen Woodward Animal Center will attend the event.
  • Pet parents can peruse among more than 70 vendor booths brimming with a plethora of surfer- and dog-related merchandise.

Schedule of Activities:

8:00 am – 8:30 am  9/11 Tribute to Police and Search and Rescue Dogs
8:00 am – 1:00 pm Opportunity Tickets Sold
8:30 am – 9:10 am  Small Dog Surf Heats
9:15 am – 9:55 am  Medium Dog Surfing Heats
10:00 am – 10:45 am  Beach Bum and Bikini Babe Canine Costume Contest
10:30 am – 11:10 am  Large Dog Surfing Heats
11:20 am – 12:00 pm  Doo the Dah for the Dogs (Human Surfing Costume Contest)
12:00 pm – 12:40 pm  XL Dog Surfing Heats
1:00 pm – 1:20 pm  BEST IN SURF (winners from each heat)
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm  Award Ceremony

When: September 11, 2011 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: North Beach in Del Mar, California

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Photo Credit: Helen Woodward Animal Center

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of and, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.