PRWeb - He skateboards, snowboards, skim-boards and now he has proven that he can surf with the best of them. Tillman, the celebrity dog, won first place in the Large Dog Category at the Loews Surf Dog Competition - Unleashed by Petco.
The event drew thousands of spectators and their dogs to watch 43 surf dogs compete for the Loews Surf Dog Championship Title in Imperial Beach, Calif.
The dogs caught three to four foot waves and displayed incredible athleticism and tenacity. “Conditions were a bit choppy, but the top dogs were able to ride their way to victory,” said Chris MacCartee, surf instructor at Coronado Surfing Academy and event facilitator.
The event benefited the ASPCA, raising thousands of dollars for the prevention of cruelty to animals. For the first time ever, the San Diego Humane Society hosted a mobile adoption at the event and was able to find homes for several puppies.
Event highlights included a festival atmosphere with activities such as an Unleashed by Petco Dog Park on the beach, a Kyjen agility course, an AT&T Family Splash Park, as well as a Natural Balance Beer Garden, doggie ice cream, food trucks and more.
This year’s top surf dogs are:
Large Dog Category
1st Place: Tillman, English Bulldog
2nd Place: Kalani, Golden Retriever
3rd Place: Ricochet, Golden Retriever
Small Dog Category
1st Place: Abbie Girl, Australian Kelpie
2nd Place: Toby, Shih Tzu mix
3rd Place: Kona, Shepherd mix
Tandem Surf Category
1st Place: Hanzo, Boxer, and Kalani, a Golden Retriever
2nd Place: Nami, a pit bull and her owner Ryan
3rd Place: Antonio, a spaniel mix, with Kona, a Shepherd mix, and Ricochet, a Golden Retriever