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Petey, a Westie in the extra small group, won the prize of top dog in the 2021 Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-a-thon. Photo by Chris Stone

PHOTOS: Praise Petey! Westie Tops 1st Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon at Del Mar Since Pandemic

  • Giselle, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix rides in the 16th annual Surf Dog Surf-a-thon. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • James Wall shows his affection for Faith, an American pit bull terrier, before a heat. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Hundreds of surf dog fans gather at Del Mar Dog Beach to watch the furry competition. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Faith, an American pit bull terrier, the bulldog and her owner, James Wall, share a quiet moment before the surf competition. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Homer Henard leaps off a surfboard after riding with Skyler, a red heeler. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Homer Henard rides with Skyler, a red heeler in the freestyle heat of the Surf Dog Surf-a-thon in Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Teddy, who has been a goodwill ambassador for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, has fun in the sun. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Derby, a Goldendoodle, plays fetch after the surfing heat of the Dog Surf Surf-a-thon in Del Mar.

     

  • Kai, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, hangs ten with a handler in the Surf Dog Surf-a-thon in Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Derby the Goldendoodle is sporting a tuxedo for his competition at the Surf Dog Surf-a-thon. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Medium-sized dogs sprint for the surf at the Surf Dog Surf-a-thon in Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • A trio of related Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and Bugle the Beagle share a wave. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Two dogs dressed as a ship captain and first mate join the freestyle heat of the Surf Dog Surf-a-thon in Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Hundreds of spectators perch on cliffs and line the competition area to watch the Surf Dog Surf-a-thon in Del Mar.

     

  • A dog owner displays his love of dog surfing. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Teddy, a Labradoodle, returns to the beach with a gift from the sea. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Rothstein the bulldog (left) and Giselle, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, share a wave. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • A rescue dog models a unicorn Halloween costume at the Surf Dog Surf-a-thon in Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Guinness, a bulldog, shakes off the sea water in the Surf Dog Surf-a-thon in Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Derby the Goldendoodle shakes off sea water at the end of a surfing heat. Photo by Chris Stone

     

  • Derby the Goldendoodle plays on the beach in his tuxedo at the Surd Dog Sur-a-thon 2021 at Del Mar Dog Beach. Photo by Chris Stone

     

 

 

Petey, a Westie in the extra-small category, surfed his way past larger pooches to earn top dog prize in the 2021 Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-a-thon Sunday, Sept. 12.

A first-time entrant in the 16th annual canine surf contest, Petey glided past several veterans at Del Mar Dog Beach.

About 40 dogs of all sizes hung 10 in 10-minute heats in the annual fundraiser, which also to raises awareness for orphan pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

The dogs were judged on the length of their ride, wave technique, enthusiasm and confidence on the board. First-, second- and third-place winners were awarded in each weight class.

On the cloudless morning, owners and volunteers took the dogs out to the waves and placed them on surfboards while others helped retrieve the dogs after each try. Hundreds of onlookers came to cheer, laugh and moan (when dogs wiped out).

Dogs in the Best of Surf final heat were Petey; Giselle a Rhodesian Ridgeback; Rothstein, a bulldog; Derby, a Goldendoodle; and Teddy, a Labradoodle.

Last year’s Surf-a-thon was a virtual event with contestants from all over the world.

Donations to the Helen Woodward Animal Center can be made here.

(This photo story first appeared in Times of San Diego and was written by Chris Stone. It is being made available through the CalMatters Network.)

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