Dog surfing competition raises $100k for animal center, spirits of humans everywhere

Dogs who know how to hang ten gathered in Del Mar, Calif. over the weekend to ride the waves, raise some money and entertain humans everywhere.


Ventura-based surf dog Buddy rides a wave to take home top honors in the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon presented by Eukanuba. (Helen Woodward Animal Center)

About 80 pooches competed in the sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, a press release said. For the fifth year in a row, Buddy the Jack Russell Terrier was named “top dog.” He won a trophy, a year’s supply of food from Eukanuba, which sponsored the event, and the honor of being the first ever hall of fame inductee.

His owner Bruce said this may be the champ’s last year.

The competition raised more than $100,000 for the no-kill Helen Woodward Animal Center. It will also, we hope, raise the spirits of anyone suffering from a case of the Mondays.

Meanwhile, another group of dogs gathered in Huntington Beach for the Surf City Surf Dog event. Check out video from the Del Mar event and pictures from the other below.


A chihuahua makes a fashion statement during the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

A dog wipes out during a surf dog contest in Huntington Beach. (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS)

A dog rides a surfboard at a surf dog contest in Huntington Beach. (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS)

A dog prepares to catch a wave during the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in in Huntington Beach. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

A boy buries his dog in the sand during the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

A dog swims to shore after falling off his board during the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in in Huntington Beach. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Three dogs ride on the same surfboard during the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in in Huntington Beach. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

A dog rides a wave at a surf dog contest in Huntington Beach, Calif. on Sunday. (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS)

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