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See Spot Surf in San Diego on Saturday, June 4, 2011

Courtesy Photo (Eileen Maher)


UPDATE: Video of the event can be found here

Dogs and surfboards: two things that many San Diego residents own. But how many dogs do you know that can utilize those surfboards for more than chew toys?

Talented, water-loving dogs will be all over the beaches and surf near Dunes Park in Imperial Beach Saturday, June 4. Loews Coronado Bay Resort hosts its 6th annual Surf Dog Competition, this year benefitting DonorsChoose.org. Loews plans to raise $10,000 for San Diego County schools through DonorsChoose.org this year.

Dogs from all over the nation will compete in the Surf Dog Competition to win bragging rights and an ultimate pet vacation at Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Practice surfing sessions by Coronado Surfing Academy will begin at 10 a.m., and the competition itself will begin at 11 a.m. Dogs will be split into three categories: Small Surf Dogs (under 40 pounds), Large Surf Dogs (41 pounds and over) and Tandem Surfing (multiple dogs and humans). The top dog will be chosen by a panel of judges, including Mayor Jim Janney, Mayor of Imperial Beach, Teevan McManus, owner of Coronado Surfing Academy, Kathleen Cochran, GM of Loews Coronado Bay Resort, and John Bork, Region Vice President of Banfield Pet Hospital.

Registrations are still being accepted online (http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHNlQm9Ld3otRmNQbE9mWXBF...). There is a $50 fee to participate, and registration includes a dog goody bag filled with treats and a competition medal.

General admission to watch the event is free, and there is $10 parking at the YMCA Camp Surf parking lot.


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  • Dates: June 4, 2011