Dog Surfing Championship Rolls Out Friday In Cocoa Beach
By Space Coast Daily // March 29, 2013
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA — Surfs up, for our four legged friends.
Patrons at the Cocoa Beach Pier can see some true canine ambassadors take to the waves and “Hang 10” for the first time at the Inaugural East Coast Dog Surfing Championship (held in conjunction with the 49th Annual Easter Surf Festival).
These amazing dogs will entertain and inspire with their feats of strength, bravery and style as they ride the waves of the Atlantic Ocean to see who will be the “top dog.”
$500 Cash First Prize
The winner of the competition will receive a $500 cash prize and the coveted title of “East Coast Dog Surfing Champion of 2013”.
Each “doggie” contestant will be judged on set-up, confidence, style, balance, skills, difficulty, wave ride, tricks, length of the ride, wave conditions and deboarding during each round on March 29th and 30th.
This 2-day event will be held at the Cocoa Beach Pier, beginning at 12 p.m., and will feature pre-qualifying rounds on March 29th with the finals the following day.
Watch Ms. Booker D. Surfdog take on a field of contenders from all over the United States that include Pippin Yachtdog, Onyx Shorepound, Moses Rock of Ages and Koa & Boaz.
Judges for this event include Bonnie King, Space Coast Office of Tourism; Lori Stottler, Cocoa Beach Pier; Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office; Joe Twombly, Surfing Legend & Hall of Famer; Tony Sasso, Cocoa Beach Surf Museum, Inc. & Keep Brevard Beautiful; and Commander Charles Perry, U.S. Coast Guard Station, Port Canaveral.
The Central Brevard Humane Society will be at the base of the Cocoa Beach Pier during the 2-day event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with shelter dogs available for adoption, merchandise and fun educational information about responsible pet ownership.
Pets Not Permitted On Beach
Proceeds from this event will help to raise awareness and financial support for the thousands of “unwanted and abandoned” pets that visit the Humane Society each year, who need a safe and loving “forever” home.
A truly unique organization in Brevard, the Central Brevard Humane Society is a “no kill for space” facility, self-sustaining, receiving no support from tax dollars.
All of their funding comes through donations, adoption fees, product sales, their (4) Molly Mutt Thrift Shops, fundraisers and other pet related services.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit crittersavers.com.
About the Central Brevard Humane Society
Founded in 1952, the Central Brevard Humane Society (CBHS) is Brevard County’s oldest established animal welfare organization. A “no kill for space” shelter, CBHS is dedicated to speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
We educate the community on responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals, advocate for spaying/neutering to reduce the homeless pet population and provide the best quality care to Brevard’s abandoned animals by placing them with responsible, caring owners in “forever” homes.