16-year-old surfer survives after a shark bites a chunk out of his surfboard
On Sunday evening, Max Keliikipi was driving home from work when he saw the waves at Makaha Beach on Oahu, Hawaii.
About 100 yards away from shore, he saw something sticking out of the water, but “blending in with the reef,” he told CNN.
The shark went straight for him, first bumping him off his surfboard.
Keliikipi started swimming back to shore. “It was fight or flight. I chose flight.”
Signs have been posted at the beach to warn beachgoers about the recent shark presence in the shallow waters.
“It’s not common, but it’s not uncommon either,” he said.
Keliikipi doesn’t plan to quit surfing, but the attack inspired him to be more mindful on future maritime adventures. If you’re going surfing, he says to “go with someone who knows the area well.”