Lena Dunham saved by 'King Triton' during paddleboard race

Laird Hamilton to the rescue

By Andrea Tim | Published: 5 Aug 2015

Lena rescued
Photo: lenadunham/Instagram

Lena Dunham went paddleboarding at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's Paddle For Pink event and although she had a great time, she was one of numerous beginners who were struggling to finish the race. It's a good thing that surf legend Laird Hamilton came to her rescue.

The Girls star told about the incident.

"Pure joy," she described her reaction when Laird showed up. "He appeared as if out of the ocean depths to say, 'You are not going to die here today,' and it felt really good. He said, 'If this gets to be too much, I'm going to tow you back.'"

She added in her Instagram post that "he is literally King Triton."

"Lena Dunham was on a long list of people I was supporting, encouraging," Laird said to Allure. "It started out windy, and the course was downwind in the beginning. And that kind of led everybody astray at the outset. So some people with their paddle level, we need to at least make sure that they could make it back to shore."

Laird is known for his surfing expertise and has on countless occasions saved stray surfers from overwhelming waves. King Triton, indeed.

Related: Lena Dunham is launching a newsletter for women


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