Shark jumps surfer, gets board
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.