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Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon Salutes Our Military Heroes

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WHATHelen Woodward Animal Center’s Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon marks its 11th year on a very important date – 9/11. Paying tribute to the wonderful first responders and their working dogs who keep us safe, this year’s surf spectacular will include patriotic ceremonies with special tributes for the heroes (both human and canine) who show their skills and bravery on dry land.  The 11th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon is presented by Blue Buffalo and takes place at Del Mar Dog Beach on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 from 8am to 2pm PST.  If you can’t be there in person, you can watch the livestream at at 8:30am PT/11:30am ET.

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon is held each year for one sole purpose – to raise funds for Center orphan pets and programs.  For more information on the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, visit or call 858-756-4117. 

WHERE:  Dog Beach in Del Mar 

WHEN:  Sunday, September 11th, 2016 between 8:00am – 2:00pm.


            Registration:                                       7:30-11:00am

            Patriotic Tribute:                               8:15 – 8:30am

            (Moment of Silence/ Military Acknowledgement/Color Guard/National Anthem)

  • Small Dog Heats:                               8:30-9:10am
  • Medium Dog Heats:                            9:15-9:55am
  • 1st Responder Tribute:                      10:05 – 10:35a  (SDPD Canine Demo/ Plaques presented to men, women and canines from first responder units)
  • Freestyle Surf Dog Contest:                10:40 – 11:05am
  • Large Dog Heats:                                11:10 – 11:50am
  • XL Dog Heats:                                    11:55am – 12:35pm
  • Best in Surf:                                       12:45 – 12:55pm
  • Canine Costume Contest:                    1:05 – 1:35pm
  • Surf Dog Hall of Fame Induction       1:35 – 1:45pm
  • Awards Presentation                           1:45 – 1:55pm


  •  70+ life-vested canines competing in real surfing heats – 4 different weight classes!
  •  Patriotic Tributes – Human and Canine.
  •  NEW THIS YEAR:  A FREESTYLE Surf Contest with points awarded for creativity!
  •  Land-loving pups showing off their canine costumes.
  •  Athletic Dogs tackling the Canine Agility Course.
  •  40+ surfing dog-loving vendors joining in on the fun.



·     ZACK WARD - Best known as Scut Farkus in the classic “A Christmas Story,” Zack Ward is an actor, director, writer and producer with 36 years in the industry. His career spans the gamut of genres, from blockbuster films the likes of “Transformers” and “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” to edgy art films such as “Trade”, the slapstick action of “Postal” and the dark comedy cult hit “Titus.”  Ward lives with his girlfriend, Jen McMahan, their two cats, CC and Crosbie and tiny dog, Roxie.

·     EMMY PERRY is a eleven year old film and stage actress who began her career in musical theater at age 4 as "Molly" in a regional production of "Annie."  Emmy's love for animals prompted her to start her own organization "Emmy's Hope" with the hope that all animals will be safe, secure and feel forever loved in their lifetime. She is one of the youngest philanthropists making a difference in the world today. She volunteers her time and talents at various charity events in the Southern California area.  Her new film, Scales: Mermaids are Real, starring Morgan Fairchild and Elisabeth Rohm is expected out this fall.

  • Competitive Surfer PAT MILLIN
  • Former competitive Surfer MICHAEL HALL
  • Former competitive Surfer JADEN JETER
  • Founder and publisher of Surf Life for Women Magazine, SUNSHINE MAKAROW
  • JAGGER & KRISTI, hosts of the morning show on Magic 92.5
  • I Heart Media’s MARK ZEGAN
  • Midday Host on 105.7 MAX FM DAVE MASON


  • Dogs divided into 4 weight classes:

            Small - 20 pounds or less

            Medium - 21 to 40 pounds

            Large - 41 to 60 pounds

            Extra Large - 61 pounds or more

  • 3 heats for the Small dogs….3 heats for the Medium dogs, 3 Large dog heats, and 3 heats for the Extra Large dogs.   The winners announced are the TOP scorers of the total heats for each weight class.
  • The top three finishers in each weight class will receive medals.
  • After the heats there is a “Best In Surf” heat including the top finisher from each heat.
  • Judged by:  Pat Millin, Michael Hall, Jaden Jeter, and Sunshine Makarow


Points awarded for creativity! Dogs can surf on the same board as their friends or favorite human. Tandem rides, tricks, and costumes are all encouraged to catch the public and the judges' eyes!
Judged by:  Zack Ward, Emmy Perry and Dave Mason

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