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Photos: Surfing dogs catch a wave, and they're sittin' on top of the world

September 20, 2010 |  7:29 pm

Surfing dogs at Huntington Beach

Two words: Surf dogs. Two additional words: Huntington Beach.

Yup, it was that time again this weekend -- time for athletic dogs with a charitable bent to hop on their surfboards to raise money for animal-related organizations.

The second annual Surf City Surf Dog competition was held Sunday at the Huntington Dog Beach in Orange County, and charities including Chase Away K9 Cancer, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue and the Orange County Humane Society received a portion of entry fees.

Participating dogs were divided into groups according to their weight and experience level, and humans were on hand to help them along and ensure their safety. The event also featured a costume contest and a fundraising walk, and it raised about $5,000 for its charity partners, organizers told ESPN2. About 1,000 spectators turned out to see the surf dogs in action.

Surf City Surf Dog caught the attention of media outlets from all over the world, but our favorite headline so far has to be Asylum.com's "Surfing Dog Competition Ruins Non-Surfing Dogs Forever." See more photos and video from the event after the jump!

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Photos: Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images

Video: Orange County Register

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