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Surf's up! Dogs hit the waves in annual surf competition

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Surf's up dude!

Dozens of dogs hit the waves on Sunday in Huntington Beach, California as part of the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition, a three-day event that features fearless dogs catching some serious surf. 

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Roxy waits for her turn to surf at the Surf City Surf Dog contest.

Dogs compete in divisions depending on their size while they are judged on a variety of skills, including the duration of their ride and their confidence on the board. 

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Surf dogs and their owners line up to catch waves at the Surf City Surf Dog competition.

This was the competition’s sixth year taking the waves. Dogs logged some serious travel miles to participate, with some competitors coming in from Canada, Brazil and other faraway countries to join in on the fun. The competition also included raffle prizes and a “Yappy Hour” benefit to raise funds for various charity partners. 

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A dog is carried back into the water after riding a wave during the surf contest.

“This is such a high-energy, entertaining weekend for pets, pet parents and surf fans alike,” event organizer Lisa Scolman said in a press release.  

Until 2015, surfing pups! 

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    Dozens of dogs surfed the waves during the annual Surf City Surf Dog contest, which is now in its sixth year.

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    Dozens of dogs hit the waves on Sunday, Sept. 28, in Huntington Beach, California to participate in the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition.

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    A dog runs down the beach ready for its chance to surf during the event.

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    Dogs compete in various divisions depending on their size. They are judged on a variety of skills, including the duration of their ride and their confidence on the board.

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    Surfer dog Joey rides a wave in the small dog division during the competition.

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    One pooch holds on as it surfs a wave at the event.

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    This was the competition’s sixth year taking the waves. Dogs logged some serious travel miles to participate with some competitors coming in from Canada, Brazil and other faraway countries to join in on the fun.

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    The competition also included raffle prizes and a “Yappy Hour” benefit to raise funds for various charity partners.

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    Abbie Girl rides a wave to shore during the competition.

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    One competitor flashes a smile while standing on a surf board.

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    Roxy waits for her turn to compete.

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    “This is such a high-energy, entertaining weekend for pets, pet parents and surf fans alike,” event organizer Lisa Scolman said in a press release.

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    Joey jumps off his board to avoid getting pummeled by the wave.

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    One dog hangs on the end of a board while a wave pushes him along.

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    Until 2015, surfing pups!

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