BRITS BATTER SHARK WITH SURFBOARDS – TWO brave surfers fought off a killer shark by whacking it with their boards.



TWO brave surfers fought off a killer shark by whacking it with their boards.

29th October 2011

By Paul Robins

TWO brave surfers fought off a killer shark by whacking it with their boards.

Andrew Rollo and Paul Gibson came face-to-face with the huge man-eater as they waited for a wave 250ft from the shore.

The 10ft beast lunged at the pair and then began thrashing around in a terrifying attack.

But they managed to fend it off with their boards before surfing to safety.

Andrew, 26, said: “It was thrashing around and I felt very vulnerable.

“But we just kept our eye on the fin and kept our boards in the way.

“If I hadn’t had my surfboard then that would have been me.”

The pair were surfing with mates at Spey Bay off the Morayshire coast when the monster struck.

Golf pro Andrew added: “In America or New Zealand you might be wary of sharks, but it never crossed my mind in Scotland.”

He said he felt something brush his leg and then spotted the beast as it began slamming into his surfboard.

He said: “It was just so unexpected. Something hit my leg.

“I turned around and two feet away was a fin. Straight away I knew it was a shark.

“It was right there. It just went round the front of me and then it went over to my friend.” Stonemason Paul, 33, used his surfboard to push the shark back before making a dash to the shore.

“You don’t really have time to think,” he said.

“You hear stories of poking a shark in the eye or punching him on the nose, but you don’t really want to start a fight with a shark.”

The pair, both from nearby Lossiemouth, escaped uninjured…

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