The sixth-annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon held in Del Mar, California raised a record $100,000 for the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego. Buddy, a 14-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, won the competition for the fifth year in a row and was inducted into the Dog Surfing Hall of Fame after the race.
More than 80 dogs competed in the event with some dogs even riding tandem with a partner. The event drew quite a crowd as some 4000 spectators lined the beach to catch a glimpse of these water-loving pooches.
Celebrity judges of the competition included Tyana Alvarado from NBC’s “The Apprentice,” Craig Silke from ABC’s “The Mole” and Dennis Luciani from NBC’s “Average Joe.”
A new Guinness World Record was also set for the longest surf ride by a dog. Abbie’G, an Australian Kelpie, rode the waves for 65 yards at the event.
Congratulations to Buddy and Abbie’G and to event organizers as a whole for all the money raised for pet welfare!
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