At the O.C. Register, "Video: Deer shocks surfers after rushing into the ocean at Salt Creek":
Surfers at Salt Creek in Dana Point got a shock on Thursday morning, when a deer rushed into the ocean during the Dana Hills surf team tryouts -- barely missing a collision with one of the surfers taking a wave.
Sheri Crummer, a judge for the tryouts and San Clemente resident, said people on the sand early morning were in disbelief when a deer suddenly ran past everyone on the sand and jolted into the water.
A surfer wearing a red jersey was pumping down the line and about to go for his final turn on a wave when the deer suddenly appeared in front of him, prompting him to kick his board out and bail out of the wave.
“We have no idea where he came from,” Crummer said. “That was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”