Us Paddleboarders seem to attract a lot of negativity anywhere we go around the world and in South Africa even Dolphins seem to disrespect the SUP crew! Surfing with Dolphins is on many peoples bucket list and there is nothing more thrilling than seeing a pod of Dolphins play and jump around you whilst out in the waves. One thing you wouldn’t expect is for Dolphins to jump and knock you from your board!
This is exactly what happened at the Vintners Surf Classic, held last week at Jongensfontein when Bernard Le Roux was heading out into the Surf on his Paddleboard. Adrian Oelofse captured the incredible incident from the beach and in the video you can hear the delight of the spectators when the pod suddenly appear and jump from the oncoming set. The gasps and hoots of admiration turn to laughs and cheers when one over enthusiastic Dolphin side sweeps Bernard straight off his SUP!
As far as we are aware there was no harm to either Bernard or the Dolphin, and maybe it was just the Dolphins way of warning that it was a local’s only spot, or was just trying to upstage the Paddleboarder! To see the bizarre incident, check out Adrian Oelofse’s excellent video covering the Vintners Surf Classic below this article and look out for the Dolphin incident at around the 3.06 minute mark. Let us know if you have had shared the joy of surfing or paddling with Dolphins and have you ever had one throw itself at you?