Hounds Hang 10 at the Loews Surf Dog Competition on June 16

See Spot surf at the “Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition,” the nation’s original surfing competition for man’s best friend. Now in its seventh year, this summer’s event is expected to draw more than 60 surf dogs and thousands of spectators from across the U.S.

This popular canine competition is an extension of Loews Hotels’ award-winning Loews Loves Pets program and has become a hugely successful fundraiser for non-profit organizations. This year’s event benefits the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The ASPCA® is the first humane organization established and is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort’s Surf Dog Competition takes place on Saturday, June 16, in Imperial Beach,Calif.with an action-packed schedule featuring:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Optional surfing lessons for less experienced canines
  • 11:00 a.m. –   1:00 p.m.Surfing Competition (Heats 1, 2 and 3)
  •   1:00 a.m. –   1:30 p.m. – Ultimate Champion Round
  •   1:30 p.m. –   1:45 p.m. - Celebrity Dog Competition
  •   1:45 p.m. –   2:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony 

Judging will be conducted by Mayor Jim Janney, Mayor of Imperial Beach; Brian Johnson, general manager of Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Teevan McManus, owner of Coronado Surfing Academy, and a representative from the ASPCA®. Each competitor will have 10 minutes to catch his or her top two waves, and will be scored on confidence level, length of ride and overall ability to “grip it and rip it.” In addition to endless bragging rights, the winner of the Ultimate Champion Round will become the 2012 “Poster Dog” for all Loews Hotels.

Attendance is free and open to the public. The cost to enter the competition is $50 for singles and $55 for teams. All competitors score a great goody bag and competition medal. Additional activities include onsite food trucks, face painting, photo booths and sponsor giveaways. Out-of-town guests can take advantage of a special $169 guestroom rate at the pet-friendly Loews Coronado Bay Resort, based on availability. For more information, please visit www.LoewsSurfDog.com.

About Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Situated on a private 15-acre peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and CoronadoBay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is located just minutes from downtown Coronado, a charming resort village, and a short drive to San Diego’s world-famous attractions. Resort amenities include direct access to the Silver Strand State Beach, three tennis courts, a private 80-slip marina, three acclaimed restaurants, 440 sea-inspired guest rooms and suites, and panoramic views of the San Diego-Coronado Bay. For more information, please call 619-424-4000, 800-23-LOEWS or visit www.loewshotels.com/coronadobay.

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in theAmericasand serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout theUnited States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered inNew York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.