Great White Shark Attacks Surfer at Manresa State Beach – #SantaCruz #surf #nature #California


Shark attack reported at Manresa State Beach

No injuries sustained

3:05 PM PDT Sep 14, 2014


SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. —Beau Browning said he was surfing about 50 yards out from shore at Manresa State Beach around 6:45 p.m. Saturday when a 15-foot great white shark knocked him off of his surfboard.

“I caught my second wave, and barely got into it and out of nowhere, I was popped into the air by probably like 10-15 feet, and I looked down and saw a shark,” Browning said. “He took a bite on the way down.”

Browning had no injuries from the attack, but his board is no longer usable, he said.

Browning said a great white shark came out of the water, landed on his surf board and split it. He was still tethered to his board, so when the shark began swimming, it pulled him under water for five seconds.

“And he finally let go, and I let go of my leash and I was finally able to get up to the surface,” Browning said.

Browning doesn’t blame the shark.

“They were just doing what they’re designed to do,” Browning said. “And they thought I was something else. And that’s all it is. I got no hard feelings against sharks.”

According to the Florida Natural History Museum, since 1926 there have only been 10 total shark attacks in Monterey County, two of them fatal. In Santa Cruz County there have been seven total attacks since 1926, none of which were fatal.

Surfers out at Manresa State Beach said sharks won’t stop them from surfing.

“We know they’re out there all the time. It’s a little creepy to hear of an attack,” Santa Cruz surfer Mahmoud Alnahlawi said. “But I try and block it off, just go back in the water and have fun.”

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