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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. We're happy to share our longboard with you!
Holed up in a historic farmhouse, shaking off beach sand and wetsuits, we stay up late, to share real life animal adventures with you. Thanks for joining us. We welcome your stories, photos and videos about your own life ride.
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 - we're talking basset hounds and doxies here. The Surf Dog team started riding waves in San Diego at Ocean Beach's Dog Beach almost 30 years ago - when dog surfing wasn’t even a sport. They were die-hard windsurfers and wake surfers, 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.
Barb's award-winning career spans three decades: 15 years as a writer, producer and creative director in local TV and newspapers; 13 years in PR for the world-famous San Diego Zoo; a decade in City and County governments in California, Oregon and Washington; Emergency Manager for Hood River County and former CERT Program Manager for San Diego Fire-Rescue. Barb has a B.A. in Graphic Arts from San Diego State University and an A.A. from Grossmont College.
Six television Emmy awards; 12 national Telly video awards; PRSA (Public Relations) awards; team awards - Silver Anvil, Cable Ace and Oregon State Schools Partnership award; Ocean Beach Town Council's Citizen of the Year; City of San Diego’s Barbara Ayers Day; two Hood River Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellows; Grossmont College Woman of Distinction; and various journalism awards. Professional writing samples are here.
The ride begins at Dog Beach
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 (OBTC,) 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 we humans can learn a lot from dogs - celebrating a Dog Beach 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 from the big city to Oregon in 2007. They surf with people and pets, and wild salmon friends where the Columbia River meets Mount Hood. They are active in community service.