The Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts a surf-a-thon every year at the Dog Beach at Del Mar for all the water-loving dogs throughout California to participate in. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s surf competition won’t be held on any dog beach at all – it will be held online!
The best part about the changes in the contest this year is that the doggie participants can join from anywhere in the world! This means that any pup with the talent for surfing has the opportunity to join in this unique virtual sports competition. But for those who are thinking of joining but have dogs who aren’t skilled in riding waves yet, then you and your pet can still take part by watching and learning the sport through their free tutorial videos. These online surf camps are hosted by trainer Fernanda Lopez along with seasoned doggie surfers who can get you familiarized with the ins and outs of wave riding.
The 15-year-old event is not only to get pooches on video riding surfboards! The funds that this surf-a-thon themed ‘Fetch A Wave to Save A Life’ is being donated to help a nonprofit animal center in Rancho Santa Fe to support their programs like orphaned pet care and placement as well as international pet food banks and learning workshops for animal shelters worldwide.
If you want to submit a video entry for your doggie, you still have time! All you have to do is to send the best video of your doggie riding the waves before September 6, 2020. The footage should have been shot no later than August 7 of this year and has to show the wave’s size, the spot where the doggie caught the wave, and also any special tricks and freestyles that your pooch does. The announcement for winners will be on September 13.
Check out one of the surf-a-thon’s tutorial videos on how to train your dog to surf! With the tips you’ll get from watching this, you and your pup may find yourselves submitting a video for the next year’s competition!