Surfers will tell you there is nothing more irritating than another person dropping in on your wave and spoiling it.
But when Trent Sherborne was upstaged by an unlikely companion at a Kalbarri beach recently, all he could do was smile.
Photographer Matt Hutton captured the extraordinary moment a dolphin launched itself from the water next to the Kalbarri local at Jacques Point on September 4.
Mr Sherborne was among a handful of people at the popular reef break joined by a pod of dolphins looking for some hijinks and a sun-set surf.
The playful animals spent about an hour racing through the waves before one jumped out of the water just as Mr Hutton was taking his last shot.
Mr Sherborne said it was one of the most bizarre but amazing things he had experienced in his 20 years of surfing.
"I have ridden waves with dolphins before but they never really jump like that," he said.
"They always stay in the wave with you and they don't break the surface often.
"I could have easily touched it. It was so close I was looking into its eyes."
Mr Hutton was part way through a trip from Perth to his home in Wickham when he stopped to test a new zoom lens.
He was inundated with phone calls yesterday after the photograph was picked up by international media and published worldwide.
Mr Hutton said he was lucky to be in the right spot at the right time.
"One particular photographer said that he'd been there 150 times and he'd only ever seen dolphins twice," he said.
"I took one last photo of Trent coming down the wave and that very, very last shot of the day was the one where the dolphin jumped out beside him."