SAN DIEGO, CA, September 6, 2013- Surf dog Ricochet will be defending her 2012 “Best in Surf” title as she surfs in the Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon this Sunday, September 8th. She is also the top fundraiser for the 4th year in a row, raising more than $7,682 to help orphaned animals.
Last year, more than 80 dogs competed in the surf-a-thon. Ricochet won the large dog heat, and then took to the waves again to compete in the finals. The competition was fast and furious as the dogs and handlers rushed to get in as many waves as they could in a 20 minute time frame.
Dogs were scored on the length of the ride, size of the wave, and other tricks on the board, such as turning around or riding backwards, which Ricochet does from time to time. Her signature moves helped her win the title of “Best in Surf”.
This year, she is defending her title among several categories including small, medium, large and extra-large dogs. Ricochet is scheduled to surf at 10:45 in the large dog category. She is keeping her paws crossed and hopes to place in the top three.
More importantly, Ricochet has raised over $7,682 for this event. 100% of the funds will go to help the orphaned animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Ricochet has been the top fundraiser for the last four years, with this year bringing in the most. To date Ricochet has raised more than $24,282 for the surf-a-thon.
Judy Fridono, Ricochet’s guardian states, “Although some see this event as a competition, we place more emphasis on the fundraising. Saving animal lives is the best part of the surf-a-thon. Of course Ricochet enjoys surfing, and it’s always exciting if we take home a first place trophy, but knowing the animals will have a forever home due to our efforts is the best prize of all.”