Steve Lawson was kayaking outside the kelp beds at the Steamer Lane surf spot in Santa Cruz when a great white bit the front of his ski and knocked him into the water.
The incident happened just before 11am on Tuesday 11 July 2017.
He told the press he used his marine radio to call for a rescue from the Harbor Patrol, but he had to tread water for a few minutes.
“It felt like I hit a rock. I looked in front of me and there was a shark biting the front of my boat. When it let go it knocked me sideways and I fell out.
“I spent a little time in the water swimming around. I panicked, everyone panics. There’s a shark in the water, but he didn’t come back. He wasn’t interested in me,” he told NBC Bay Area.
According to some reports he had tried to get back into his kayak but couldn’t.
The Harbour Patrol showed up and pulled him out of the water.
The bottom of the kayak showed shallow cracks and damage from the shark’s bite.
“Attacks like these are extremely rare in Santa Cruz County, and we are so thankful that the kayaker was uninjured,” Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley was quoted as saying.