Monday, September 15, 2014

California Surfer Struck by 15 Foot Great White Shark

Map location showing were Beau Browning was surfing when he was hit by a 15 foot great white sharkCalifornia surfer Beau Browning was surfing on Saturday, September 13th, when he had a close call with a 15 foot great white shark at about 6:45 p.m.

The surfer told KSBW news that he was about 50 yards from shore at Manresa State Beach in Santa Cruz County when he was struck by a great white while riding a wave. The force of the hit was so powerful that it knocked him about 10 to 15 feet into the air. Browning states that when he looked down, he saw the shark rolling over his board and taking a bite.

But the scariest part for Browning occurred moments later when the shark started swimming off with his board which the surfer was still tethered to. As the shark swam away, the surfer was pulled underwater until the shark finally released the board about five seconds later which allowed Browning to make it to the surface.

Although it was a harrowing experience for the surfer, he holds no ill-will towards the shark.

Beau Browning surfboard following great white shark attack in Manresa State Beach Santa Cruz
Browing's surfboard - KSBW news
"They were just doing what they are designed to do and they thought I was something else," Browing said. "That's all it is. I got no hard feelings against the shark."

According to the International Shark Attack File, since 1926 there have only been seven unprovoked shark attacks in Santa Cruz County and non have been fatal.

You can watch an interview with Browning at KSBW.