San Diego: Surfing competition goes to the dogs in canine-only event

Reigning small dog champ
Abbie Girl, an Australian Kelpie, is the reigning small-dog surfing champ.
(Michael Uly)
This post has been corrected. See note below for details.

The hot doggers will be out in force Saturday at San Diego County’s Imperial Beach when a canines-only surf competition raises funds for charity.

The eighth-annual competition, in a new location adjacent to the pier, is expected to draw up to 40 surf dogs and thousands of spectators. It will benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Each competitor will have 10 minutes to catch his or her top two waves and will be scored on confidence level, length of ride and overall ability to “grip it and rip it.”

The  event, the “2013 Loews Surf Dog Competition- Unleashed by Petco,” is free for spectators and will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Tillman, an English bulldog known for his skateboarding skills, will be catching waves and meeting and greeting guests during the event


“Getting outside and being active with your dog is the greatest way to strengthen the owner-dog bond,” said Michael Uy, whose Australian Kelpie Abbie Girl will compete.

[FOR THE RECORD, 11:35 a.m. June 24: A prior version of this post incorrectly spelled Michael Uy’s last name as Uly.]

“Even if you’re not surfing with us on Saturday, you should come out for some fresh air and sunshine and have a great day on the beach.”

Abbie Girl surfs in the small-dog category and has placed first in the division since 2010. 


Loews Coronado Bay Resort is offering a “Surf Day Staycation” with a $209 guest-room rate, based on availability. For info at the pet-friendly resort, call (800) 235-6397.

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