The nudist beach spot, some 100 miles north of Sydney, took one Aussie surfer by surprise. Luckily, he wasn’t afraid to fight back.
A surfer who got bitten by a shark at a nudist beach in Australia managed to make his break for freedom after punching the creature until it let him go, he said Saturday.
Paul Kenny was riding the waves off Samurai Beach, a naturist spot 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Sydney, when he accidentally clashed heads with the toothsome fish, reportedly a wobbegong or a bull shark.
Nudist beach surfer shows balls of steel
Kenny spoke of the moment he realised he was in a fight with the predatory creature. He describes how its teeth clamped down on his arm, leaving him “no choice” but to deliver a volley of punches. The 50-year-old told the Syndey Daily Telegraph:
“As soon as I did that he latched onto my arm and all I could do was punch it until it let go. When I let go of it I saw its dorsal fin one metre away. I walked back as quick as I could and caught whatever wave I could.”
A local ambulance service spokesman told AFP that paramedics treated Kenny for wounds to his upper right arm before he was taken to a nearby hospital. His injuries were declared minor, and he was discharged once medical staff had the chance to assess him.
Emulating Mick Fanning
Kenny said he was following in the footsteps of retired Australian surfing great Mick Fanning, who made global headlines when he fought off a shark on live TV while competing in South Africa in 2015.
“It’s the Australian thing to do now isn’t it?” Kenny added.
The latest encounter comes a month after two tourists were mauled in separate incidents at the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland state. Experts say shark attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular and baitfish move closer to shore, although fatalities remain rare.