Just Keep On Surfing!

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a pod of twelve dolphins joined the women’s finals of the rincon classic surf competition in santa barbara last weekend. as photographer david powdrell noted, “the size of the rascals and the fact that there were so many of them made it truly unforgettable; one of those magical yet fleeting moments that surprise us in life sometimes. they didn’t just catch one wave, either; they had a session out there.”

he added, “dolphins play in the energy of a wave using power and elegance. you can almost see the joy in the eyes of a dolphin as they fly across the face of the wave. there’s an adage in the surfing world that the best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun. i can’t tell if it’s the dolphin or the surfer who’s the best surfer.”

additional photos by emily bates and kc alfred
previous posts of dolphins surfing with people