He did what surfers are supposed to do. Bop em on the nose. He was lucky!
Wow! What a story! I'm glad he survived with no harm done!
Jebett, he says it was the punch to the eye that finally caused the shark to let go. Ouch!
This might be stupid question but I am curios why don't surfers (or anyone) carry a small knife for situations like this?
I guess it is highly unlikely situation but why not have knife is safely attached to bottom of surf board or to shin?Edited: 24 October 2013, 18:49
David: I am sure he was hitting where ever he could. This happened at a spot frequented by local surfers, not visitors.
I am not a surfer, but as a diver who *used to* always carry a knife strapped to my leg, I can think of several reasons. One, the chance of injuring yourself in a chaotic situation is very real. This is why I always recommend if you are going to buy a dive knife, start with a blunt tipped one. Good for cutting fishing line, digging into the sand to steady yourself against strong currents, but less likely to cut yourself. Second, I am not sure that more blood in the water is what you really want in a shark situation. Finally, a knife strapped to you is a point of potential entanglement. For a surfer I would hate to think of their leash getting hooked around the knife after they take a spill. Most divers now keep their knives (if they use them) in a BC pocket or clipped to the underside of their gauges. Much less potential for it getting in the way. Not sure there is really any way for surfer to keep a knife truly out of the way when not needed.
Thanks David Z for your explanation.
I used to carry one when I was a white water kayaker (to cut rope, etc).
I tend to ask "why not" questions a lot?
Even now I am thinking surfers (at least the one who want to) could some how be equipped with some defense in life and death situations like this.
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