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Surf Dog Diaries is all about the ride - the ride of life with a dog. Whether you surf couches, dog parks, www, the great outdoors or waves of life.
Holed up in a back room, shaking off beach sand, we stay up late at night - 10 or 20 toes tapping a keyboard, to capture real life animal adventures for you.
As animal athletes and authors, we're happy to share our long board with you! Thanks for joining us. We welcome your stories, photos and videos about your own life ride.
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Facebook: Surf Dog Diaries
You Tube: Surf Dog Diaries by Barb Ayers
Wired magazine interview - "Dogs grip it and rip it."
Animal Planet: Windsurfing Dog and his mom Barb Ayers
3-minute talk for Interesting Gorge - "My life as a surf dog."
Union Tribune story - Dog Beach Improvement Project
About Dog Diary and Surf Dog Mom Barb Ayers
Surf Dog Diaries is a dog blog by Barb Ayers and her pack of surfing rescue dogs. Not your typical dog athletes or water dogs - we're talking basset hounds and doxies here. The Surf Dog team started riding waves in San Diego at Ocean Beach's Dog Beach more than 25 years ago - when dog surfing wasn’t even a sport. They were die-hard windsurfers and wake boarders, too. Still are.
Four dog generations later, the Surf Dog Diaries family - Barb and dinky doxie Doodle - surf on, riding the ups and downs of small town life in Hood River, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - home of Dog River and Dog Mountain.
In the early 1990's, Barb and her first surf basset Howdy Doody co-chaired the Dog Beach Committee of the Ocean Beach Town Council, managing the transformation of OB’s famous leash-free dog park. The Dog Beach Improvement Project was dedicated July 26, 2003. Barb also served as President of OBTC, and in 1997 was named OB Citizen of the Year.
Barb always believed that humans could learn a lot about life from the dogs, and that Dog Beach is a way of life - and community.
At the Dog Beach entryway, you pass palm trees in the sand. Go barefoot - your size-8’s padding over 8-foot wide paw prints. Do a 360 around the 3D surfboard/paw print sculptures. The power of community made it all possible!
The Surf Dog Diaries crew moved out of the big city to Hood River, Oregon in 2007. For a decade, they've surfed with people and pets, and wild salmon friends where the mighty Columbia River meets majestic Mount Hood. Here, they remain active in community service.
Barb's award-winning career as a writer, producer and creative director in TV, newspapers and nonprofits spans three decades: 13 years as PR Manager for the world-famous San Diego Zoo; Public Information Officer for City and County governments in CA, OR and WA; Emergency Program Manager; and 10 years as a TV producer.
Barb has a B.A. in Graphic Arts from San Diego State University and an A.A. from Grossmont College (GC.)
Her awards include: six television Emmy awards; 12 Telly awards; PRSA Silver Anvil and Cable Ace team awards; PRSA Merit for community events; Ocean Beach Town Council's Citizen of the Year; City of San Diego’s Barbara Ayers Day for service to San Diego Fire-Rescue; Oregon Schools Partnership award for Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital; GC Woman of Distinction; numerous State journalism awards and Hood River Rotary Club's Paul Harris Fellow.