Great white shark takes bite out of surfer's board

15ft great white shark attacks in California

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Great white shark takes bite out of surfboard in California attack

A huge 15ft great white shark has taken a bite out of a man's surfboard during an attack in California.

Beau Browning was surfing around 50 yards from shore at Manresa State Beach at 6.45pm on Saturday and was mid-wave when a shark knocked him off his board.

According to KSBW, he said: "I caught my second wave, and barely got into it, and out of nowhere, I was popped into the air by probably like 10 to 15 feet. I looked down and saw a shark. He took a bite on the way down."

Browning was still tethered to his board and was pulled underwater as the shark pulled him deeper.

He added: "The shark finally let go, and I let go of my leash and I was finally able to get up to the surface,"

He reportedly has no hard feelings towards the shark, saying it was just doing "what they're designed to do". But his board has seen better days. See KSBW's full video report here.

The news comes just days after a British ex-pat was killed by a great white shark in Byron Bay, Australia.

Paul Wilcox, 50, was attacked last week as he swam 15 metres from shore in Byron Bay, NSW.

Meanwhile, a new study from Australia shows that sharks are nine times more likely to kill men than women.

Men are targeted in 84 per cent of all unprovoked shark attacks, and make up 89 per cent of all shark bite fatalities.

The statistics come from a study at Bond University in Queensland, which is set to be published in the international journal Coastal Management.

It could simply come down to the fact that they spend more time in the water than women, said report author associate professor, Daryl McPhee.

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