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Calif. Surfer 'Still in Disbelief I'm Alive' After Shark Attack

Great white clamped down on Eric Steinley's left leg, damaging artery

(Newser) - Update: Two surgeries later, Eric Steinley is "still in disbelief that I'm alive" after coming face to face with a great white shark. The surfer says he was dragged underwater Sunday at California's Salmon Creek Beach when a great white confirmed to be at least 10 feet...

Photographer Catches Moment Shark Took a Bite Out of Teen

Former surfer was shooting from the beach and caught whole incident on video

(Newser) - Conditions were perfect for surfing at New Smyrna Beach in Florida, thanks to big waves from Hurricane Larry. Conditions were perfect for hungry sharks, too, however—thanks to mullet and other fish hanging out at the sandbars where waves were breaking, per CNN . Venturing into this perfect storm was 16-year-old...

Kitesurfer Slams Into Home, Fatally
Kitesurfer Slams
Into Home, Fatally

Kitesurfer Slams Into Home, Fatally

Friend said cancer survivor Fred Salter was 'a very intelligent waterman'

(Newser) - A kitesurfer hoping to enjoy the waves in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Wednesday when a gust of wind lifted him off the beach, carried him 400 feet, then slammed him into the side of a home, WESH reports. An orange kite was seen protruding from a second-floor balcony of the...

Shark Attack Victim Tried 'to Warn Others'

Australia victim is first in country since November

(Newser) - A surfer was killed by a shark on Tuesday off the east coast of Australia, police said. The man, said to be in his 50s, had been surfing off Forster, 190 miles north of Sydney, when he was attacked late in the morning, a police statement said. Onlookers pulled the...

Surfer Plays the Hero in Beach Rescue
Surfer Plays the Hero
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Surfer Plays the Hero in Beach Rescue

Mikey Wright helps save a struggling swimmer in Hawaii

(Newser) - A pro surfer helped prevent what could have been a beach tragedy in Hawaii, and it's captured in video you can see here . Australia's Mikey Wright was filming the surf from the beach in Oahu on New Year's Eve when it became clear that a swimmer was...

Surfers' Warning: Don't Use a Lock Box
Surfers' Warning: 
Don't Use a Lock Box
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Surfers' Warning: Don't Use a Lock Box

Thieves can bust into them, as California surfers have learned

(Newser) - California surfers say they're "under attack" by car thieves—and warn that anyone else using a lock box is vulnerable. Surfers often use lock boxes to hide their car keys while surfing at beaches in San Francisco. The problem, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports, is that lock...

Aussie Surfer Believed Dead in Shark Attack

Police are searching for him, though witnesses say he couldn't have survived

(Newser) - A surfer is believed to have died off the south coast of Western Australia after numerous witnesses saw him attacked by a shark. Police are searching for the local man who suffered a "serious shark bite" while surfing at Kelp Beds Beach in Wylie Bay near Esperance just before...

Surfer Felt 'a Bit Weird.' Then He Saw the Footage

Drone captures Bull shark almost touching Matt Wilkinson

(Newser) - When Matt Wilkinson saw the footage, he could only put his head in his hands. He had heard a splash as he paddled his surfboard off the coast of Ballina in northern New South Wales, Australia, on Wednesday. "[I] looked around and couldn't see anything,” the world...

He Thought He'd Lost His Board Forever. Then, an Instagram Tag

Doug Falter's surfboard, lost in wipeout in Hawaii in 2018, turns up 5K miles away

(Newser) - Filipino Giovanne Branzuela was pretty stoked over the summer to buy a weathered-looking surfboard for $40 from a neighbor, who'd purchased it from local fishermen who'd found it floating off the island of Sarangani. They'd figured it had fallen from a yacht cruising in the area. Branzuela...

Teen Surfer Killed by a 'Really Big Great White'

Mani Hart-Deville, 15, lost his life in Australia on Saturday

(Newser) - A teen surfer died Saturday after a suspected shark attack left him with severe leg injuries, Australia's News Network reports. Seems 15-year-old Mani Hart-Deville was surfing in New South Wales, Australia, when the shark bit him and other surfers dragged the wounded boy to shore on Wooli Beach. "...

Shark Strikes Australia Again
Shark Kills
Aussie Surfer

Shark Kills Aussie Surfer

Great white kills 60-year-old in 3rd fatal attack this year

(Newser) - A great white shark attacked a 60-year-old Australian surfer Sunday morning, causing injuries to the man's left leg that proved fatal despite two men who fought off the shark and dragged the victim to shore for first aid, reports Sky News . The beach in South Kingscliff, New South Wales,...

Surfers Took to the Water, and 5 Didn't Make It Out Alive

Dutch surfers caught in high winds, thick foam off The Hague

(Newser) - At least five surfers have died in a storm off The Hague, Netherlands. The men, aged 22 to 38, were described as experienced, with some reportedly serving as lifeguards and surf school instructors, per the Guardian . They'd been among a group of 10 surfers and swimmers who set out...

Calif. Surfer Killed in Shark Attack
Shark Kills Calif. Surfer

Shark Kills Calif. Surfer

26-year-old man was within 100 yards of shore at Manresa State Beach

(Newser) - A surfer was killed in a shark attack off a Northern California beach, state park officials said Saturday. The 26-year-old man was surfing off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay around 1:30pm when he was attacked by an unknown shark species, the California State Parks...

Belligerent Surfer Fined $1K for Ignoring Virus Closure

Many beaches in California are closed due to COVID-19

(Newser) - Much of California's coastline is closed amid the coronavirus pandemic—but on Saturday morning, a surfer who apparently really needed his fix was fined $1,000 for ignoring the rules, the Los Angeles Times reports. A Los Angeles County lifeguard at Manhattan Beach ordered the man to stay out...

Surfers' Grisly Find: 'Like One of Those Dateline Stories'

Woman's body found in California waters; Orange County officials deem death 'suspicious'

(Newser) - A morning in California waters turned gruesome for a bunch of surfers this week when they stumbled across a woman's body—a death now being deemed "suspicious" by local officials. The San Clemente Times reports that the surfers came across the body around 8am Wednesday, in the ocean...

Everyone Said Kite Surfer Had 'Drifted Out to Sea'

On Thanksgiving, he triggered a Coast Guard search

(Newser) - The image was scary: a kite surfer drifting out to sea. But this story had a happy ending after the unidentified surfer managed to find dry land, the Press of Atlantic City reports. It all began Thursday afternoon when a kite surfer called in saying his kite had malfunctioned and...

He Proposed While They Surfed. Then the Ring Fell In

Chris Garth proposes to girlfriend Lauren Oiye in Honolulu

(Newser) - A Hawaii man was surfing with his girlfriend when, instead of hanging 10, he knelt down on one knee on his board and proposed, per the AP . Hawaii News Now reported that Lauren Oiye said yes just before Chris Garth dropped the ring in the ocean. Multiple photographers nearby captured...

Shark Weekend: 3 People Are Attacked at One Beach

None of the injuries was serious

(Newser) - A Florida beach that has had a series of shark attacks this summer had three more over the weekend. In separate attacks, sharks bit two people Saturday at New Smyrna Beach within 30 minutes. On Sunday, another person in the water was attacked, People reports. None of the injuries was...

Surprise Surf Champ: 'Didn't Know It Would Happen This Fast'

Caroline Marks, 17, beats 3-time world champ in season opener, has eye on world championship

(Newser) - "I didn't know it would happen this fast." Those were the words of Caroline Marks on Monday after she claimed the championship trophy for the World Surf League's season opener at Australia's Duranbah Beach. What prompted those words: She's the league's youngest competitor...

Surfer Breaks Record for Biggest-Ever Wave

Brazil's Rodrigo Koxa mastered 80-foot wave

(Newser) - A Brazilian surfer has claimed the "Biggest Wave" award—and a place in the record books—for mastering a monster wave big enough to wash away Godzilla. Officials at the World Surf League determined that Rodrigo Koxa set a new record last November for the biggest wave ever surfed...

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