Friday, May 7, 2010

So Cal Surf Dogs



A pack of Surfing Dogs, who have been surfing for several years in southern California, have formed a new group, the “So Cal Surf Dogs”.
(The So Cal Surf Dogs broke away from a previous group they helped form, to form the new group. The “So Cal Surf Dogs” and its members no longer have any affiliation with the SDDSA and its members or directors due to differences in goals and aspirations.)

The focus of the newly formed “So Cal Surf Dogs” is to have FUN and promote Dog Surfing!

The “So Cal Surf Dogs” is a fun loving group of dog owners whose surf with their dogs, affectionately referred to as SurFURS.

Currently, while it is a small group of dog owners and SurFURS, the variety of the SurFURS is amazing. They are enthusiastically encouraging anyone who dog surfs, or wants to dog surf, to join the group.

You don’t need to know how to surf to get involved. Only a few members actually surf! Experience isn't necessary, but a FUN attitude is! It's a great activity the whole family can participate in. They encourage all dogs and owners to give it a try, regardless of skill level or ability.

Each dog has an exciting lifestyle, individual talents, and many unique accomplishments. They've got a good mix of breeds and sizes amongst their SurFURS, and they're eager to meet your dog too! All dogs (and dog Owners) are welcome!

The “So Cal Surf Dogs” participate in southern California surf dog contests, support local animal charities, and get together to practice and help others that need it.

The “So Cal Surf Dogs” have a welcoming attitude, and offers help and support to each other, and to new SurFURS both in and out of the water. They can often be seen hanging around the beach, helping a new puppy learn to surf, or showing grandma what their little dog can do! Some of the dog’s tandem surf with each other, and they've gotten as many as five SurFURS on a board at one time. They're going to try for a record of 10 in the next several weeks, so if you're at the beach and see a bunch of dogs on a board, hop on! We don’t bite!

The group shares tips and stories on how to surf with your dog for those new to the activity, or offer suggestions for an issue you may have, such as your dog jumping off the board, or being distracted by a ball. Many dogs surf a few waves, and then play ball, or engage each other in a friendly game of chase. The dogs themselves are often the ones that show their owners what fun is all about!

The “So Cal Surf Dogs” encourages all dog owners to give it a try.

If your dog likes water, and knows how to swim... that's about all you need.

The “So Cal Surf Dogs” promotes safety first with fun a very close second!

Lifejackets are mandatory with this group since they advocate water safety. But, there is usually someone offering the use of a lifejacket or surfboard so you can give it a try. A soft top surfboard is recommended and can be purchased at Costco for $99.00 or a used one can be found on Craigslist!

Here's this seasons schedule: (Come check it out!)

Loews Surf Dog Competition coming up on Saturday, May 22, 2010 in Imperial Beach:

This event really focuses on fun, with dogs dressed in costumes, wearing wigs, and many other surprises. They draw a large crowd of Fans and Media!

The Purina Incredible Dog Surf Dog Competition will film at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach on Friday, June 11, 2010

Here’s what aired last year on ESPN:

Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Dog Beach in Del Mar:
This event attracts hugh crowds!

Surf City Surf Dog Competition will be held at Dog Beach in Huntington Beach on Sunday, September 19, 2010:

Don't forget to get your 2010 Surf Dog Calendars at:

Remember, no experience is necessary, competing isn't necessary, but FUN is!
Join the group today!

For more info:

So Cal Surf Dogs website:

Check out our Video of “So Cal Surf Dogs” in action:


Peter Noll


  1. Love this and looove surfing dog videos. Here are our favorite videos of surfing dogs