Shark jumps surfer, gets board

Herald Sun - - NEWS - NICK HANSEN

MIKE Bru­ton was scan­ning the break for his last wave of the day when he felt some­thing hit him from be­low.

“The sheer power of the thing, it felt like I was get­ting hit by a bus,” he said.

The 29-year-old Syd­neysider sur­vived a shark at­tack — be­lieved to be from a 3.5m great white — at Light­house Beach on the NSW mid-north coast, at 4pm on Satur­day.

“I was surf­ing for a cou­ple of hours with my brother and had to get a wave in. I caught one half­way to shore then pulled off, wait­ing for an­other one,” he said. “I didn’t see any­thing. It’s come from right un­der­neath me … I went one way, the board went the other way.

“My leg rope snapped some­how and (wit­nesses on shore) said the shark shot right up into the air.

“I thought ‘this thing was go­ing to have an­other crack’.”

He found it dif­fi­cult to pad­dle, not sure whether his body or board were miss­ing pieces.

“I thought a chunk could have been miss­ing out of my leg or body or some­thing,” he said.

When he got to shore he found that, luck­ily, it was his board that bore the brunt of the at­tack, and he was un­harmed.

Mike Bru­ton and his board.

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