It’s that time of year again, when the boards get waxed, the rash guards come out, and the sunscreen put on, as Orange County’s best surfers ride some waves. But you won’t find Kelly Slater or Sunny Garcia at this world-famous event because this surf competition is for dogs only.
Spanning over 3-days, there is a wide variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, and plenty of time to enjoy it. While the additional festivities will take place at various locations, the actual surf competition will take place at the Huntington Dog Beach (at PCH and Goldenwest Street), with this year’s title sponsored by Petco.
The weekend kicks off Friday, September 26th, with a little bit of schmoozing at The Shorebreak Hotel, located at 500 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with Yappy Hour, followed by the Opening Ceremonies, then a PAWabunga costume contest and awards. Register online ahead of time and save.
On Saturday, September 27th, the festivities will continue at the International Surfing Museum. Located at 411 Olive Avenue in Huntington Beach, the museum will be holding the International Surf Dog Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony. At the ceremony, three dogs will have their names and paw prints preserved on their own stone at the International Surfing Museum. Visitors can also learn about the history of dog surfing (from the first surfing dogs to doggie surfboards) at the Dog Surfing History Exhibit which will be going on from 3:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. Refreshments and Dog Surfing movies will be available for your enjoyment from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and the induction ceremony starts at 6:45 p.m.
On Sunday, September 28th, is when the real fun begins. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the dog surfing competition begins at 9 a.m. Divided by weight and judged by their ability to stay on their boards while riding a wave, dogs will compete in a series of heats to determine who will move on to the finals later that day. At 12:30 p.m., the surf finals begin to determine this year’s surf champion. The weekend will conclude with the awards and Closing Ceremony held at The Shorebreak Hotel at 2:15 p.m.
It’s going to be a wet and wild weekend in Huntington Beach so grab the dog, some sunblock, fresh water, and your camera because you’re not going to want to miss it!