"Big and aggressive" shark belted by surfer at Injidup in Western Australia…
If sharks give you night terrors, Western Australia ain’t the place for you. Two fatals in Perth this year, and beaches closed hither and yon.
One week ago, the school surfing titles in Perth had to be called off when a ten-footer cruised through the lineup.
But, the south-west, where most of the great white attacks happen, has been oddly quiet. I said as much in a phone call to the former pro turned real estate agent Mitch Thorson just two days ago. He said, yeah, it is, but told a story of surfing Bears the day before and having to wait until a great white had sailed out of the bay.
Yesterday, it was biz as usual in the south-west, specifically Injidup near Yallingup, when a surfer had to fight off what was, likely, a great white.
As reported by Fairfax newspapers:
Fraser Penman, from Perth, was knock off his board by the beast while out at popular surfing spot Injidup beach in Yallingup, the same stretch of coastline where 25-year-old Matthias Bache went missing after cliff diving in March.
And following his close encounter, he took to Facebook to confirm he was unharmed, thanks to his younger brother Logan Penman.
“Encountered my first and last Shark attack today down at Carparks Injis!” He wrote.
“Scariest moment of my life, yet walked away intact with nothing but a smashed board.
“The biggest thank you to my lil brother Logan for instantly paddling across yelling ‘punch it’ and throwing me his board – saving my life. That takes a hell of a lot of courage and so much love. I am truly lucky to have you.”
Vinnie Poller told WAtoday he was just minutes away from heading into the water himself when the shark attacked and he saw people scrambling back to the beach.
“I wasn’t in the water when it happened, I was just checking it [the surf] when I saw everyone paddling in and the guy’s board broken up on the beach as he came ashore,” he said.
“I don’t know the guy and it’s crazy that no one was hurt, but you just have to be thankful to walk away from things like that, and he seemed okay though.
“It all looked pretty scary in the moment. It does make you think twice about going back in the water, because his board showed the damage a white shark can do. But you have just got to accept that they are part of the ocean and we can’t really do much about that.”
A photo emerged shortly after the attack of Mr Penman’s surfboad – near ripped in half – while another photo showed a makeshift warning sign made to alert other surfers of the attack.
“No joke. Shark attack. Big and aggressive,” the homemade signpost read.