8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Del Mar Dog Beach, 3200 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. $10-$35. animalcenter.org/events/Surfdog
Dogs and owners hit the waves Sunday for the annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center. These water dogs will compete in 10-minute heats based on weight class and are judged on their ability to stay on the board, length of ride, size of wave and maneuverability. New this year is a freestyle surf contest. Canines can surf on the same board with friends or their favorite human and get points for creativity. The event also includes a canine costume contest, dog agility course, a Wagging Wellness Village with food, live music, vendors and kids activities. In remembrance of Sept. 11, first responders and their working dogs will be honored throughout the day. Tributes include a Color Guard, a moment of silence, San Diego Police Department K-9 demonstrations and the singing of the national anthem.
CAROLINA GUSMAN U-T