T-shirt contest highlights dog surf-a-thon

COAST CITIES — With beach season in full swing, West-coast canines are gearing up for ocean-going competition – Helen Woodward Animal Center’s seventh annual Surf Dog Surf-A-thon, Sept. 9 at Dog Beach in Del Mar. Now sponsor Hendrick Boards wants to get art-lovers in on the fun with a T-shirt Design contest.Between July 16 and Aug. 17, youngsters up to the age of 14 are invited to show off their artistry, and aid rescue pets in the process, by creating a Dog Surf-A-Thon T-Shirt design for the 2012 event. Designs will be showcased on the Hendrick Boards Facebook site where fans can vote for their favorites. Hendrick Boards will select one winner from the top 10 designs with a surprise unveiling at the Sept. 9, Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon competition. The winning T-shirt will be available for purchase at the event with proceeds supporting the programs and orphaned animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center.Hendrick Boards has a long history of supporting animal rescue organizations. founder David Hendrickson started Hendrick Boards with a mission to help as many shelter dogs as possible.

“We are honored to team up with the Helen Woodward Animal Center to launch a shirt design contest to not only support an amazing organization, but also raise awareness of the need to give all animals a voice,” said Hendrickson. “We are excited to see the kid’s creativity and amazing designs that will don a limited-edition shirt to support the Helen Woodward Animal Center.”

The T-shirt design contest is free to enter. Top five designs win an event T-shirt and the first-place design receives a prize package of four event T-shirts, a Hendrick Boards custom skateboard and a beach tote bag. Participants can submit artwork via the Hendrick Boards Facebook page at, by clicking on the Contest App or by logging onto They may also mail their artwork to Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road, PO Box 64, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Artists must be no older than 14 and the deadline for submission is Aug. 17.

For more information on the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon or to register your dog as a surf competitor, visit or call (858) 756-4117, ext. 356 or at Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe.


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