Local California beach-loving pups will begin splashing back into summer tomorrow with the start of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog classes at Dog Beach in Del Mar! Beginning Saturday, June 29th, lessons will once again begin. The best part is that Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) is adding a new class to each day of lessons! Starting tomorrow morning, 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, join HWAC in the Del Mar Dog Beach Channel to dive into the amazing world of PAW-mazing Pooch Stand-Up Paddleboarding! There will then be three different class sessions afterwards to follow the initial session; 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and Noon. Wave-loving waggers are currently preparing to dive into summer by becoming canine surFurs and Paddle Paw Stand-Up Paddle Boarders by entering the ever-famous Surf Dog lessons put on each summer by HWAC. These canine classes are highly-anticipated and have beach-loving pups prepping and panting in anticipation for the Center’s Annual “Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon.” This year the famous event has been scheduled for Sunday, September 7th. Scruffy student spots fill up so quickly that additional dates have been added to this year’s roster, including NEW lessons focused on an up-and-coming, canine water sport that is fast gaining PUPularity! For dogs that prefer smooth waters to white water surf, Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is hitting the beach! Local Paddle Paws and SurFURS can enroll for instruction starting Saturday, June 28th and continuing on select Saturdays and Sundays through August, between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Like a repeat of last year, the sea-submerged, summertime, surf classes will feature expert instruction from legendary leaders of the pack – the So Cal Surf Dogs – teaching basic and advanced surFUR techniques in two levels, “Intro to the Ocean” for beginners and “GromMutt Dog Surfing” for the pros. Beginner classes are suggested for any dog with limited experience on the beach and the necessity to familiarize itself with the surf, the sand and the sport. Those more inclined to the calmer seas may choose to enroll in stand-up paddleboarding, with SUP Semipro and Celebrity Host of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Laura Nativo leading the instruction. SUP classes will take place in the Del Mar Dog Beach Channel at the 8:30 a.m. timeslot when the waters are most mellow. The So Cal Surf Dogs, founded in 2009, took over as primary surf instructors last year but the wave-worshipping group has always been a major part of the annual lessons. Ranked one of the most highly regarded clubs for Surf Dogs and their owners in the country, the group promotes safe and fun dog surfing, with the added benefit of mental and physical health for both canines and humans. Donating hands-on assistance to newbie board-riding “bubbas” (cool dogs) and improved technique skills to the surFUR pros, in addition to providing Surf Dog lesson suggestions on their popular website, www.socalsurfdogs.com, and living the true-blue Surf Dog lifestyle with their own sea-savvy pets, the group’s members include such renowned award-winning “SurFurs” as Dozer, Nani, Bodie and this year’s "Furry Fundraising Ambassador" Surf Dog Ricochet, who continually leads the pack in surf-focused fundraising for orphan pets. SurFUR and Stand-Up Paddleboard lessons will be availale just for fun or in preparation for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s upcoming “Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon.” The annual canine surf competition is the largest of its kind and has earned a reputation for attracting four-legged, ocean-obsessed athletes from up and down the coast. This year’s event will feature a Stand-Up Paddle Paws Parade, as well. Helen Woodward Animal Center Surf Dog lessons are limited to 10 dogs per class and run 50 minutes in length. Helen Woodward Animal Center Stand-Up Paddleboarding lessons are limited to five dogs per class and run 70 minutes in length. All classes cost $45 with a $10 discount offered off any additional lessons and include the required canine life-vests and surf or paddle boards. Lessons are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. (Stand-Up Paddleboard only), 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and Noon on June 28th, July 19th and 26th and August 9th, 17th and 23rd. Dogs who take to the waves are encouraged to register for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 9th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon on Sept. 7th, 2014. All proceeds from the classes and the annual competition go towards the animals and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. For more information, questions or to register, go to animalcenter.org or call (858) 756-4117 x 350. You may also stop by Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road, in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
June 28, 2014