Canines and crowds alike enjoyed a day full of doggie surfing, food and good company at the inaugural Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic at Carlin Park over the weekend.
The event, hosted by no-kill shelter Furry Friends on Saturday, took off without a hitch, despite the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika threatening to put a damper on things.
“[We] couldn’t ask for a better morning,” Furry Friends president Pat Deschong said, crediting the “weather gods” for perfect waves and ideal conditions. “It’s like somebody was looking over us.”
The organization knew hosting the event in late August was a gamble—it’s the height of hurricane season, after all—but it was one Furry Friends was willing to take.
Deschong explained the organization wanted to attract as many people as possible and waiting until after school was in session was a way to guarantee families were in town.
The gamble paid off: Deschong estimated about 1,500 people came out for the festivities, which included a dog surfing contest, yoga, live music, food and retail vendors.
Proceeds from the event (after expenses) are slated to go to the shelter, although the organization is still tallying up the total money raised.
Missed the event this year? Well, mark your calendar: The second Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic is already set for Aug. 27, 2016.
Check out photos from the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic, below. All photos courtesy David Scarola.