Paul Goff, 48, was bodyboarding 30 metres off Casuarina Point in Bunbury, Western Australia, when a 4-metre great white shark knocked him off his board and then returned and bit his board before disappearing.
Paul made it to shore uninjured, but he was treated for shock. He did not need to be taken to hospital.
“I had a hit from under the board that knocked me up into the air and sent my body back towards the beach, [and] the board towards the ocean.
“The shark came up between me and the board, and went towards the board…. I pulled the leash off my wrist, let go of my bodyboard, and turned and started paddling towards the beach.
“I was 30 metres out, knowing that I was the only one still in the water and not knowing where the shark was.”
“I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the white wash.”
Police said the shark was chased away by three local dolphins.
Paul said he won’t let this incident keep him away from the surf.
“The chances of it happening twice to the same person, you’d have to say are zero. So I think I’m good.”
Photo: West Australia Police