Surfing competition goes to the dogs

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The hot doggers will be out in force Saturday at San Diego County’s Imperial Beach when a canines-only surf competition raises funds for charity.

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Abbie Girl, an Australian Kelpie, is the reigning small-dog surfing champ. (Michael Uly)

The eighth-annual competition, in a new location adjacent to the pier, is expected to draw up to 40 surf dogs and thousands of spectators. It will benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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.”

The  event, the “2013 Loews Surf Dog Competition- Unleashed by Petco,” is free for spectators and will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tillman, an English bulldog known for his skateboarding skills, will be catching waves and meeting and greeting guests during the event


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