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Take your dog on a surf vacation in Huntington Beach

by Kathleen Curry & Geoff Griffin
- Posted // 2012-09-25 - Fido needs a vacation too! Many of you do (or wish you could) travel with your pets. Huntington Beach has got your back as one of the most pet friendly vacation spots around. Fido gets the royal treatment at most hotels and restaurants in town and the pooches even have their own beach - Huntington Dog Beach.

Though it might sound like a punchline to some, dog surfing is a sport with a rising profile. Surf City Surf Dog, held yearly in Huntington Beach, is the world's only dog surfing competition and a great weekend getaway for those with canine companions. The surfing competition is broken up by weight range, from Great Danes down to chihuahuas. All participants receive a medal, with additional prizes for the winners (and their owners). This year's event runs September 28th-30th. Opening ceremonies with a happy hour and dog fashion show (complete with a DJ and a red carpet) are Friday night, with a owner/dog look-a-like and costume contest Saturday and the surfing contest itself Sunday morning. For those not so sure their dog will fare well on a surfboard, one-on-one dog surfing lessons are available by appointment during the months leading up to the event.

The Travel Tramps write regularly about their treks near and far in City Weekly and host the weekly Travel Brigade Radio Show.

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