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White shark knocks surfer into air near Santa Cruz

Shark bites surfer’s board near Santa Cruz
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Reported 15-foot white shark bites surfer's board

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 September, 2014 - A shark attack off of the shores of Santa Cruz County in northern California Saturday left a surfer frightened — but fortunately unharmed, as the Great White shark seemed more interested in his surfboard than in taking a bite out of a human being.

Surfer Beau Browning was surfing about 150 feet out to sea at Manresa State Beach shortly before 7 pm September 13, when what he described to local TV station KSBW as a 15-foot Great White shark leaped out of the water and landed squarely on his surfboard.
The shark was so heavy that the surfboard sustained serious cracks and Browning had to dispose of it.

“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 told the TV station. “He took a bite on the way down.”

Browning said that he was more in danger of drowning than suffering a shark bite, because he remained tethered to the surfboard throughout the surprise shark attack. As a result, he said, when the shark swam away, Browning was dragged under the water for several seconds until the shark freed itself if the surfboard.

Manresa Beach, Monteray Bay, Santa Cruz, White Shark, Shark bites

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