A paddleboarder got a rude shock when a dolphin knocked him off his board in Western Australia

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A stand-up paddleboarder was knocked off a wave by a dolphin while in the surf at Gracetown, Western Australia.

Footage of the incident has gone viral on social media since it was posted over the weekend.

Andrew Hill told Seven News he was paddling out when a pod of dolphins caught an incoming wave.

“Eight or nine of them decided to catch that wave and surf straight at me,” he said.

One, however, breached and tackled him off the board.

“Hats off to him, he collected me really well,” he said.

Lucas Englert, who happened to capture the moment on camera, said Hill thought no one would believe it really happened.

“He was actually very happy because I don’t think he thought that anyone was actually going to believe his story – so now he’s got the proof,” Englert said.

Hill said seeing dolphins in the surf is always a good sign, but perhaps he’d “prefer them to stay a little bit further away than they did yesterday”.

The dolphin encounter occurred in the same area that two surfers were attacked by sharks earlier in the month. Those attacks also forced the World Surf League to call off the Margaret River Pro competition.

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