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The Helen Woodward Animal Center announced plans for the 7th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon to be held at Dog Beach in Del Mar, California. The competition is held yearly and is touted as the largest of its kind in the United States.

Pawl Griffin, Vice President of Canine Communications for Iams, will be present, as Iams is sponsoring the event. In addition, Internet dog stars Ricochet, Nani, Dozer, and Buddy along with more than 80 dogs surfing in four different weight class competitions.

In addition to the dog surfing event, other activities are planned including Beach Bum Bikini Babe Canine Costume Contest with celebrity judge Jenni Pulos, co-star of the Bravo reality show, Flipping Out; Doo the Dah, where people and pets in costume surf together to raise funds for the Center; and more than 40 interactive vendor booths. Proceeds from the competition and all the associated activities are donated to the Helen Woodward Animal Center for animals and their programs.

The Helen Woodward Animal Center Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon takes place Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 8am to 2pm PT. Event organizers are reporting they plan to secure two world records this year. The world is invited to watch live via Google Plus Hangout.

Laura Lewis, communications manager for Iams, revealed, “Iams strives to improve the lives of orphaned pets, so we’re especially proud to partner with Helen Woodward Animal Center to sponsor an exciting and important event as the Surf-Dog-A-Thon, which brings together all types of dogs to raise awareness for homeless animals. We’re also excited to cheer on our very own VP of Canine Communications – Pawl Griffin – competing for top dog honors.”

Each “hang twenty” surf heat is judged by top riders from Volcom, along with other surfing aficionados including celebrity judges Michael Munoz from CBS’ Amazing Race; retired pro surfer and actor Kalani Robb from Blue Crush and Forgetting Sarah Marshall; and TransWorld SURF Editor-in-Chief Chris Cote.

Further information on the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon can be found by visiting www.surfdog.kintera.org or by calling 858-756-4117.

The official page of the Helen Woodward Animal Center is www.animalcenter.org.

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