Two competitors at the recent NSSA East Coast Regional Champs were bitten by sharks within minutes of each other at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. After some stitches though, one of the surfers was back in the water and aced his next heat.
Check out the news report below:
New Smyrna Beach is in fact the shark bite capital of the world, with over 240 attacks recorded along its shores. Luckily for the thousands of surfers that frequent its peaks, injuries are more often than not minor and no fatalities have been recorded. That’s because the sharks which swarm New Smyrna’s waters are usually juvenile bull sharks hunting small fish near shore.
“Chances are we’ll see a whole lot more injuries just from the surfboards they’re on, instead of what lurks beneath” explained Captain Jack Driskell of Volusia County Beach Patrol in this video that documents the sharks of New Smyrna Beach.