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This photo was taken at the exact moment Surfer Dude surrendered his band to his son Riptide on Jan. 25, 2015. A ghostly image of an angel appears over Riptide as he looks up from grazing when Surfer Dude surrenders his band. I feel like this image appeared to offer comfort to the people who followed Surfer Dude over the years. He is the most famous wild stallion that ever resided the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge. In the fall of 2014 his mares left him, and escaped the southern portion of the refuge. Not long after, his son, a stallion named Riptide, escaped from the northern portion of the refuge and made his way South (where Surfer had been residing). Riptide took over Surfer Dudes band of mares (who he had grown up with ironically). A battle ensued that lasted for weeks. Surfer Dude had taken his band back, but Riptide hung around the outer perimeters, wearing Surfer Dude down. On January 25th, 2015 I observed Surfer and Riptide grazing together. To my disappointment, I witnessed our old boy Surfer Dude surrender his band to Riptide. I was the only person there, as I had lingered until evening - so if stories are told, and books are written, the story was plagiarized from me. Surfer slowly made his way into the edge of the woods, kind of aimlessly. Then he re-emerged, and positioned himself so that he could still see his band in the distance. I watched this as the sun set. It was one of the saddest moments I have ever experienced on the refuge, but I felt very privileged to witness it. Surfer and I have been friends for a very long time, and I have been following his story for 10 years - we have shared many encounters. I plan to offer a sequence of events in a photo journal, sometime this summer.
(C) 2015 Capt. Debbie Ritter
April 29th, 2015
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