The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation will welcome surfers of all ages and breeds to the beach here next month for its 18th annual Surf For A Cause. While some will be raising money for people with cancer and competing for prizes, others will just be hotdogging on the water.

The Heart of Surfing, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free surfing and skateboarding sessions for families with autism and special needs, will be back again this year. The contest will be paused for a special paddle out to put the spotlight on these special surfers. Families with special needs who are interested in participating can learn more at heartofsurfing.org

Back by popular demand, surfing dogs Booker D. Surfdog and Onyx Shorepound Surfdog will also be on the beach and in the water lending their paws for a demonstration. Booker D. Surfdog recently had her own run in with cancer had her spleen removed last Thanksgiving. After a period of rest and a diet of vegetables, turmeric, love and excitement, Booker D. Surfdog is back on her board and bringing smiles to faces across the country.

The Surf For A Cause is a stop on the Booker D. Surfdog Endless Barbecue Tour. It is “her way of giving back to the world she loves so much, including Heart of Surfing and the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation,” said her trainer Pops Steinberg.

Anyone can become a virtual surfer and fundraise on behalf of the foundation and join in the event festivities. Spectators are welcome and to come out and watch the surfing, which will start at 8 a.m. and be followed by an after party and awards presentation starting at 4 p.m. presented by Ventura’s Greenhouse which is open to the public. Tickets to the after party only are $25.

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