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Kiteboarder crashes into humpback whale off San Francisco

By Ben Hooper

July 6 (UPI) -- A kiteboarder off the California coast captured the moment he collided with a humpback whale that abruptly surfaced in front of him.

Andrei Grigoriev posted a video to Facebook showing his surprising encounter while kitesurfing off the coast of San Francisco's Crissy Field Beach.

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The video, which Grigorev said was recorded last month, shows the kiteboarder being shocked when his board hits a humpback whale that surfaced in his path.

"The whale appeared to hit me twice," Grigoriev wrote. "First drifted underneath, scaring the hell out of me, then made a turn and in 15 seconds came back on high speed, splashing fountains and rolling. These guys r playing it hard."

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