As you well know, I grew up surfing central-southern Oregon’s icy cold water. The Pacific there teems with life from crab to seal to the mighty Great White Shark herself. Shark sightings were common in and around my hometown and I swear I saw a massive silhouette, once, when I as out for a paddle near the long rock jetty jutting out from Bastendorff Beach.
Scary, though I always thought about my own spindly arms and legs then looked at the many seals swimming by, luscious and fat, and thought the shark would know better.
Well, apparently the beasts have developed a taste for spindle for last evening a surfer was tasted in Seaside, there in the very north.
The man, who was riding a fine Super Brand board, sustained non-life threatening injuries to his leg and was helped by fellow surfers and an off-duty lifeguard who fashioned a field tourniquet to stop the bleeding. The man was then transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
The fire department said, “The incident serves as a valuable reminder to never recreate alone, in or out of the water. The fast response of fellow surfers was instrumental in providing aid to the victim.”
Very confusing advice in our Covid days when, I thought, we were supposed to recreate alone. Kafkaesque, I suppose.
In any case, I wonder if this expanded palate, amongst sharks, will hold or if human leg will simply be a trend. Like cronuts.
Did you ever have a cronut? I did and an original one too from the bakery that invented in New York City.
I was underwhelmed.
Updated: Super Brand has offered to give the Oregon hero a free board. If one of you know him, please pass along this turn of good luck.