San Diego, California has an annual dog surfing competition!
“This competition is an extension of Loews Hotels’ Loews Loves Pets program and has become a hugely successful fundraiser for pet-related charities," said Kathleen Cochran, general manager of Loews Coronado Bay Resort. "We are proud to host a fun event that supports our local community."
Loews was one of the original surf dog competitions and the catalyst to a growing number of dog surfing events in southern California each year, not to mention the foundation of dog surf clubs, instructors, and retail outlets that sell canine surfing accessories such as custom-made surfboards, wet suits and life jackets.
Dogs compete by each grabbing as many waves as possible in ten minutes, and are judged on a range of criteria, from proper canine surf wear, to their level of confidence and calm submission on the board. The length of their ride and skill at balancing are the deciding factors. Competitors range from purebreds to mutts.
This grand affair was broken down into three competitions: small dogs, big dogs, and dogs surfing tandem-style with their owners. Some of the 65 competing dogs were surfing for the first time, while others were more seasoned surfers who have previously competed.
The prize? The “ultimate pet vacation” at Loews Coronado Bay Resort!
In addition to the element of fun, Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition is an extension of their Loews Loves Pets program which raises money for pet-related charities. Absolute K9 partnered with Lowes to make this year's event possible, contributing to the $45,000 this fundraiser has earned since 2005.