It seems everyone except me knew that this colorful bird was a winter plumaged Common Murre. It looks nothing like the penguin look-alikes I see in the summer massed atop rocks. But I will forever now recognize it ... (hopefully)
Below was written B.E. (Before Enlightenment)
You can see how close it was to the surfers here. Almost seemed to be deliberately swimming toward and near them.
Here it is blown up (and blurry).