"So heavy…his parents are in shock."
A surfer in this twenties, Joe Hoffman, has been hit by a shark at Crescent Head, an old-timer’s sorta point, although very iconic, historical etc, five hours north of Sydney.
Surfer being carried out of the water. Siren. An ambulance. A chopper landing on a golf course, paramedics, crowds, iPhones poised to snatch vision of a severely injured man, wondering how the hell his life just changed, if he’s going to live to see his family again.
The shaper of Hoffman’s boards, Mitchell Rae, posted on Instagram,
“I just spoke with his dad and from all accounts it’s a very nasty bite to his bicep. The first people that got to him were doctors by Providence and they tourniquet his arm with a leg rope immediately. he’s been evacuated to John Hunter at ￼Newcastle now. So heavy. ￼￼￼￼ ￼￼￼ i’m feeling quite numb as I’ve known Joe since he was a baby and his parents are in shock.”
Real sharky on the east coast at the moment and right in the middle of an out of season north-east swell. A healthy stock of whales migrating north for the winter, football-field sized schools of salmon, and a predator responsible for, what, how many dead surfers now, and protected since 1999.
Twelve peopled killed almost solely by Whites in 2020, four of ’em surfers. RIP Andrew Sharpe, RIP Rob Pedretti, RIP Mani Hart-Deville, RIP Nick Slater.
In May this year, Mark Sanguinetti, who was fifty-nine and from Newport Beach in Sydney, died on the beach at Tuncurry, just south of Crescent, after being hit by a fifteen-foot Great White.
He’d gone on a little surf trip with three of his pals.
Details are pretty scarce right now, although it ain’t a secret that Great Whites frequent the area.
Around the same time, BeachGrit writer, commenter of note, Surf Ads, a couple of hours south, fled the surf when another surfer was bumped by a shark of considerable girth and unknown intent.