‘Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough Snapped Shirtless in Malibu Before ‘All-Stars’ Craziness Begins (PHOTOS)

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Derek Hough is getting in some much-needed beach time before the new season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars begins in September.

The 27-year-old was spotted soaking up the sun on the beach in Malibu with his friends. At one point, the professional dancer even draped himself in seaweed, looking like a creature from Mermaids the Body Found.

After a little romp in the ocean, Hough spent some quality time with a special friend on the sand.

Who was Hough spotted with?

After a few sets of beach volleyball, Hough playing with his new pooch Romeo, who he adopted earlier this month. The rescued pup and his owner have been spending a lot of time outside lately. Hough and his new four-legged BFF were spotted on the beach earlier this month.

Hough has been busy getting ready for the 15th season of Dancing With the Stars, in which he’ll pair up with Olympian Shawn Johnson. The former gymnast and her pro partner are currently in rehearsals for the live show, which premieres Monday, Sept. 24.

Hough, who joined the ABC dancing competition in its fifth season, announced that Season 15 would be his last, calling it his “last hurrah.”