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Pelicans, Dolphins and Surfers
updated: Jan 25, 2014, 4:00 PM

By David Powdrell

So here's the deal…I happened to have been fortunate enough to witness the dolphins surfing during the women's finals of the 2014 Rincon Classic surf contest last Sunday. I'm still pinching myself over the experience. Video clips have gone viral; even making the national news.

Now I've seen dolphins surfing before and I've observed them racing alongside the Condor Express while on whale watching tours. A baby dolphin even jumped over the hull of my kayak once. But the size of the rascals at the Rincon Classic 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.

I got to thinking about the various animals and individuals that ride waves. Pelicans glide along the ocean swells with grace and elegance, their wing tips just millimeters from hitting the water. 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. And of course, surfers love a good ride.

There's an adage in the surfing world that the best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun. The problem is, I can't tell if it's the pelican, the dolphin or the surfer who's the best surfer.

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