White shark attacks Eric Geiselman in Santa Cruz

November 9, 2009 | Surfing
Eric Geiselman

A great white shark has attacked Eric Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach) while he was surfing off Laguna Road, Santa Cruz.

The 21-year-old pro surfer's board was broken in half. When he felt he was under attack, Geiselman paddled fast to the shore, as he was 50 yards from the beach.

Later, the O'Neill Cold Water Classic California, held very close to the shark attack, got an alert call from the Floridian, who was also competing in the event.

Eric Geiselman, his brother, and some friends were not injured. There are 22 species of sharks documented in the area.

This time, fortunately, everyone escaped safe and sound.

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