Hanging 20 in Del Mar

Thousands turn out for Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon in Del Mar

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    Dogs and surfboards. What more could you want?

    Thousands of fans turned out Sunday to watch the surf dogs of San Diego hit the beach.

    The shore was packed with a couple hundred dogs and a couple thousand people, said an event organizer from the Helen Woodward Animal Center. The dogs and their owners began surfing shortly after 9 a.m. at the 4th annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon. The surfers rode waves at North Beach, aka Dog Beach, in Del Mar.

    Surfing Dogs in San Diego

    [DGO] Surfing Dogs in San Diego
    Thousands turned out to watch the surf dogs of San Diego hit the beach on September 13, 2009

    It wasn't all about the waves, though. Some pets picked up "pointers from the pros on a beachside agility course," as organizers put it, while still other canines were dressed  up for a costume contest.

    "I'm Sophie's accessory," said Paula Jacoban, who was wearing a hot pink wig while holding her dog that was outfitted in a pink bikini.

    Hanging 20 in Del Mar

    [DGO] Hanging 20 in Del Mar
    Thousands of fans turned out Sunday to watch the surf dogs of San Diego hit the beach.

    Proceeds from the benefit went to the Del Mar-based animal center. A representative for the center said the event raised $47,000 last year and they expected to eclipse that amount this year.