Dozens of Dogs Hit the Waves at Surf Competition

The competition is in its ninth year.

Cowabunga, dog!

Dozens of canines hit the waves over the weekend at the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in California.

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The Saturday event, which is in its ninth year, brought 40 dogs and their owners from across Southern California to catch waves and raise money for charity.

Dogs clad in everything from fun sunglasses to cool collars rode one- to 3-foot waves.

"Our surfer dogs are judged on different points like how long they've ridden the waves [and] style points, so it's a lot like regular human surfers,” said Marcie Taylor, an organizer of the competition.

Sugar the surfing dog, a native of Huntington Beach, beat more than 40 other canine competitors.

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Sugar is a rescue dog whose owner, Ryan Rustan, adopted her after the pup's hard life on the streets of Oakland.

"I put her in the pool on a boogie board and she just stayed on the board so good. I am surfer and I never had a dog before so I said 'you're going to surf," Rustan told "She is the best dog ever on a surfboard."

Sugar has never placed lower than second in any competition she's entered and has 15 trophies.

"Sugar got a chance to raise money for the OSPCA this year in Orange County and that's amazing. At first we just were surfing but now we have an opportunity to raise money and give back,” Rustan said Saturday.

Photos in this article were taken by Kimo Walz.

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