Winning Waves from Loews Surf Dog Competition – Unleashed By Petco

June 22, 2013                                                                                               




San Diego, Calif. (June 22, 2013) – He skateboards, snowboards, skim-boards and today he proved that he can surf with the best of them. The celebrity dog, Tillman, won first place in the Large Dog Category at the Loews Surf Dog Competition- Unleashed by Petco.

The event drew thousands of spectators and their dogs to watch 43 surf dogs compete for the Loews Surf Dog Championship Title today in Imperial Beach, California.

The dogs caught three to four foot waves and displayed incredible athleticism and tenacity.  “Conditions were a bit choppy, but the top dogs were able to ride their way to victory,” said Chris MacCartee, surf instructor at Coronado Surfing Academy and event facilitator.

The event benefitted the ASPCA –raising thousands of dollars for the prevention of cruelty to animals. For the first time ever, The Humane Society of San Diego hosted a mobile adoption at the event and was able to find homes for several puppies. Event highlights included a festival atmosphere with activities such as an Unleashed by Petco Dog Park on the beach, a Kyjen agility course, an AT&T Family Splash Park, as well as a Natural Balance Beer Garden, doggie ice cream, food trucks and more.

This year’s top surf dogs are:

Large Dog Category

1st Place: Tillman, English Bulldog

2nd Place: Kalani, Golden Retriever

3rd Place: Ricochet, Golden Retriever

Small Dog Category

1st Place: Abbie Girl, Australian Kelpie

2nd Place: Toby, Shit-tzu mix

3rd Place: Kona, Shepherd mix

Tandem Surf Category

1st Place: Hanzo, Boxer, and Kalani, a Golden Retriever

2nd Place: Nami, a pit bull and her owner Ryan

3rd Place: Antonio, a spaniel mix, with Kona, a Shepherd mix, and Ricochet, a Golden Retriever