Shark Hits Montaña de Oro State Park

by The Editors on January 10, 2019

Cal Poly surfer Nick Wapner, 19, was surfing Tuesday morning (January 8, 2019) at Montaña de Oro State Park when a Great White Shark snuck up below him and gave him a chomp across his legs and surfboard, according to a story in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

He didn’t even see a splash. . . “It all happened quickly, but I turned and saw that it had one of my legs in its mouth,” Wapner said. . . The shark bit down on the lower part of his legs around his ankles, and then up to his thighs. In a skirmish that he estimates lasted a few seconds — though his mind was racing and it’s hard to say exactly — Wapner kicked the shark hard in the head and wrangled himself free. . . The experienced surfer said he didn’t feel any pain initially as adrenaline shot through his body.

Wapner thinks the shark was in the 15 foot range. Luckily, Nick got away with only 50 stitches.

[Link: San Luis Obispo Tribune]

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