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Dogs hit the waves alongside their owners at California surf competition 

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Some of California’s cutest surfers take to the waves to raise money for their orphaned friends in need.

The 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at was held Sunday afternoon at Del Mar Dog Beach to raise money for pets at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

The dogs, along with their owners, competed in front of a jury of surf professionals and enthusiasts.

Sporting tuxedos, sunglasses, mohawks and other festive costumes, the contestants – who competed for the title of Best in Surf – were judged on the length of their creativity, ride, wave technique, enthusiasm and confidence on the board.

Surf dogs took part in the 16th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon on Sunday at Del Mar Dog Beach in California

Derby the surfing dog (in tuxedo) entered Sunday's contest to raise money for orphaned animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center

Derby the surfing dog (in tuxedo) entered Sunday’s contest to raise money for orphaned animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center

Kioni Russell Gallahue and his surf partner Derby pose before taking part in Sunday's festivities

Kioni Russell Gallahue and his surf partner Derby pose before taking part in Sunday’s festivities

Michael Willis and his surfing partner Bridget compete at the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at Del Mar Dog Beach.  Willis said, “We wanted to have as much fun as possible.  It feels good to participate to help people give back.  It felt like riding on top of the world'

Michael Willis and his surfing partner Bridget compete at the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at Del Mar Dog Beach. Willis said, “We wanted to have as much fun as possible. It feels good to participate to help people give back. It felt like riding on top of the world’

The Helen Woodward Animal Center offers 14 unique programs focused on helping animals

The Helen Woodward Animal Center offers 14 unique programs focused on helping animals

The money raised with the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon registration and event sponsorshorhsip will be used to help the Helen Woodward Animal Center care for rescued dogs

The money raised with the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon registration and event sponsorshorhsip will be used to help the Helen Woodward Animal Center care for rescued dogs

“It all really shows that animals help us and we help them, and we really use that to create as many programs as we have to bring that wonderful love for animals and people who love animals to the world,” Jessica Gercke of Helen Woodward Animal Center told CBS8.

“It’s just really nice to see people here and how happy they are, and I think we’ve needed a day like that for a long time.”

Micheal Willis, who was surfing with his dog, told the TV station that he was happy they were participating in the event.

Jessica Gercke, of Helen Woodward Animal Center, said the event 'really shows that animals help us and we help them'

Jessica Gercke, of Helen Woodward Animal Center, said the event ‘really shows that animals help us and we help them’

During the competition, three dogs were seen sharing a surfboard

During the competition, three dogs were seen sharing a surfboard

Surf Dogs Derby (L) and Teddy participate in the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

Surf Dogs Derby (L) and Teddy participate in the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

A group of participants pose for a photo on Del Mar Dog Beach

A group of participants pose for a photo on Del Mar Dog Beach

The dogs are tasked with showing off their best talents.  The dog pictured above caught frisbees while surfing

The dogs are tasked with showing off their best talents. The dog pictured above caught frisbees while surfing

Homer Henard and his surf partner Skyler (dog) were among the several participants to hit the waves on Sunday afternoon

Homer Henard and his surf partner Skyler (dog) were among the several participants to hit the waves on Sunday afternoon

“We did well,” Willis said. “We wanted to have as much fun as possible. It feels good to participate to help people give back. It felt like I was riding on top of the world.”

The Helen Woodward Animal Center offers 14 unique programs focused on helping animals.

The money raised from the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon registration and the spornshorhsip event will be used to help the shelter care for rescued dogs.

Kioni Russell Gallahue and his surfing partner Derby leave the water after participating in the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

Kioni Russell Gallahue and his surfing partner Derby leave the water after participating in the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

Dog sports sunglasses participate in the annual dog surfing competition

Dog sports sunglasses participate in the annual dog surfing competition

A woman poses on a surfboard with her two dogs

A woman poses on a surfboard with her two dogs

Kioni Russell Gallahue and his surf partner Derby (L) and Homer Henard with his surf partner Skyler (R) pose for a photo at Del Mar Dog Beach

Kioni Russell Gallahue and his surf partner Derby (L) and Homer Henard with his surf partner Skyler (R) pose for a photo at Del Mar Dog Beach

One participant wore a sailor outfit

One participant wore a sailor outfit

Michael Willis and his surfing partner Bridget compete at the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at Del Mar Dog Beach

Michael Willis and his surfing partner Bridget compete at the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at Del Mar Dog Beach

Contestants, like the dog pictured above, were judged on the length of their creativity, ride, golf technique, enthusiasm and confidence on the board

Contestants, like the dog pictured above, were judged on the length of their creativity, ride, golf technique, enthusiasm and confidence on the board

A dog and owner participate in the dog surfing competition

A dog and owner participate in the dog surfing competition

A group of dogs participate in the annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon.  from sunday

A group of dogs participate in the annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon. from sunday

Dan Nykolayko helps surf dog Faith were one of the participants in the event

Dan Nykolayko helps surf dog Faith were one of the participants in the event

Three dogs surf together during Sunday's game

Three dogs surf together during Sunday’s game

Surf Dog Teddy waits his turn to participate in the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

Surf Dog Teddy waits his turn to participate in the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

Surf Dogs Participate in the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

Surf Dogs Participate in the 16th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

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