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Imperial Beach California hosts surf dog competition

CALIFORNIA -- (ABC) Surfs up, pup!

Or more like 43 of them!

Ditching their leashes for surf boards, catching waves at the 8th Annual Loews Surf Dog Competition at Imperial Beach in California.

"It's a lot of fun!"

But no walk in the park either, the waves were up to four feet high and conditions were choppy, but the pooches were fearless!

"It was actually pretty neat, they looked like really rough waves and it looked kind of hard."

The dogs are scored on confidence, length of ride and overall ability to "Grip it and rip it!"

"We have dog surfing coming from all over the country from the dessert in Arizona to all the way to Vancouver and Hawaii."

More than 3000 people hit the sand-- for a little fun in the sun with their best friends.

Raising thousands of dollars for a good cause, the ASPCA,  In its fight against animal cruelty.

And for the first time in the event's history, there was even a mobile adoption center.

 "We have lots of adoptable animals on site!"

This year brought out another special treat for spectators, YouTube sensation Tillman!

Tillman, he is usually the skateboarding dog but he can actually surf who knew! I am voting for him to win!"
Tilly you ready to surf? Go get your board go get it!"

He "got it" alright! And the gold! After showing off his skills on the water.

It was a dog-eat-dog competition, but one that got everyone's tails wagging!