Shark Mauls Sailboard - Santa Cruz

Shark Mauls Sailboard - Santa Cruz

Post by Kevin Meye » Mon, 02 Oct 1995 04:00:00

The following is the full text from a story that appeared today (Sunday
10/1) in the San Jose Mercury News:
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Shark Mauls Sailboard; Surfer Lives

A Santa Cruz windsurfer escaped injury when he was attacked by a shark
just off Davenport Landing on Friday.

The surfer involved in the 5:30pm attack just north of Davenport,
identified as Mike Sullivan, couldn't be reached for comment Saturday.
But Matt Haut, who works at Haut Surf and Sail in Santa Cruz, said he
witnessed the incident, which he termed "pretty hairy."

"I saw this real thrashing, lots of white water spray everywhere," said
Haut, who was windsurfing 30 or 40 feet frm the spot of the attack.  "I
saw his board being carried upwind and I saw him swimming frantically
away from his gear.  I knew something was wrong and I sailed up between
him and his board.  I saw death in his eyes. He was really, really
scared."

Although the attacked surfer managed to swim ashore and wasn't hurt,
Haut said, his board was pocked with teeth marks.

"It's definitely a shark bite," said Sean Van Sommeran, executive
director of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation in Santa Cruz, who
examined the bitten board and talked with several witnesses.  He
estimated the animal's size at 12 to 15 feet long.
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[Ed] What Matt Haut probably really said:

"Dude!  There was, like, all this radical thrashing 'n shit, and I was,
like, tubed out, man!  I cruised to check it out, hopin' to shred some
shark wake, when I saw, like, fear in this dude's eyes, man!"