Let's hear about yours. Ironically, my two occurred at the same place in the same month ( April) but three years apart . I was out surfing last Tuesday after work around 4 pm at a reef off Hobson's Campground in Ventura County. About 5 others out. I surf on a small SUP board 8'2''. Water surface pretty calm, waves 3-5' clean. Waiting and watching for the next set I saw a spout. It was about 300 yards out. I started paddling for the area that I saw it. 200 yards out I still had not seen it again. Kept paddling. I just had this funny feeling that it was still out there. Now 50 feet in front of me, to the surface come two adult gray whales exhaling spray. Incredible ! I kept paddling closer but held my distance to them at about 20 feet. I knew they could disappear for good at any moment so I stayed absolutely motionless and watched the two of them. They stayed on the surface for probably 3 to 4 minutes. Then they disappeared. I thought that may have been it but I stayed still. 3 minutes later one of them did the Spy hop on me from about 25 feet away. I was looking directly into the eye of this whale. It disappeared again. Then the two of them surfaced again about twenty feet behind me. This went on for another 15 minutes. it seemed they were in no hurry to go anywhere and were rather curious about me. The entire time I was between 15-25 feet away from them. My only concern was that they may come up directly underneath me. Other than that I was not afraid at all. I was in complete awe and almost shaking with excitement. I knew an encounter like this is rare. However,as I mentioned, it happened three years ago but with one whale not two. That one also let me get close, spy hopped me and hung around for 15 minutes diving and surfacing. My buddy I was surfing with paddled out to see what I was up to. By the time he got out to me the two whales had disappeared for good. Saw them both spout about 500 yards away. Next stop Alaska.