A pro surfer has received the honour of being joined by a thrill-seeking dolphin in riding a wave.
Soli Bailey was taking in the surf off Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, when he unexpectedly gained a companion.
Fortunately for Bailey the fin that emerged out of the barrel was that of a dolphin as opposed to one of the many sharks that call the waters home.
Check it out:
That is awesome.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, 19-year-old Bailey said:
It was definitely a shock and unexpected.
Luckily I grew up in crowded surf, dodging him wasn’t much different to dodging someone’s head.
I think it is the most amazing and beautiful thing ever happen to me surfing.
I have never come this close to a dolphin on a wave, and to catch that on camera was incredible.
But Bailey did admit things could’ve gone very differently.
The dolphins were hanging around all morning so while it did feel a bit sharkey it wasn’t too bad.
If I had hit him it could have been really bad.
With the speed I was going and the weight of the dolphin we both would have been injured.
What a tale to tell the grandkids one day!
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.