Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Surfer Fights Off 12 Foot Shark in Kauai

Jeff Horton, a 25 year old surfer, had a close call with a 12 foot shark on Sunday off the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii.

Jeff was about 200 yards offshore waiting to catch a wave when he noticed a dark shadow coming up from below his board.  At first he thought it was a ray with its dark upper side and white bottom but he quickly saw it was a shark and pulled his dangling feet out of the water.

The shark narrowly missed one of Jeff's feet as it clamped down on his board.  Jeff fell off the board and onto the shark and immediately began throwing punches with all he had.  As the shark thrashed, Jeff landed a solid hit on the shark's eye and that was enough to cause the shark to swim away.

Jeff was able to get back on his board and catch a wave to shore.   He was uninjured but did have a few minor cuts on his hand and leg from the shark's skin.

Photo by Leah Fitch via KHON2

News Accounts:
-Kauai surfer has close encounter with shark - KHON2 
-Man fights off shark - The Garden Island