Dean Everson, 18, was boogie boarding in big surf off Turners Beach, Yamba, New South Wales, Australia, when a shark literally “leapt out of the wave” to attack him. He hit it with his board which seemed to distract it. He escaped without injury. The incident happened on Saturday afternoon 6 February 2010.
He said he believed the shark was 2.5 metre white pointer.
He’s quoted in the Queensland Times as saying:
“The shark threw itself out of the wave at me,” Dean said.
“I was in shock.”
He said the potential killer was so close he got a good view of its teeth.
“All I could think to do was throw the board at it,” he said yesterday.
The board made contact with the shark and probably distracted it, but the ordeal was not over.
Dean was trying desperately to swim back to shore and was struggling against the waves, getting caught in the same rip that almost claimed the life of a young boy a few days earlier.
“It was like being in a washing machine with an eight foot shark,” he said.
It took him about 10 minutes to get out of the water and onto the rocks.
“The set was big and I was probably under water for about 45 seconds at one time,” Dean said.
“The waves kept coming and I was being pulled by the rip and pushed by the waves.
“I was ready for it. I thought I was done for.
“I yelled at the other surfers to let them know.”
When he finally scrambled onto the rocks, horrified onlookers told Dean he was lucky to be alive.
“One guy said that he had been watching the shark move around and he thought it was following me,” he said.