San Diego area surfers, not accustomed to much flare, have been in quite a state these past few weeks, swinging back and forth from wildly ecstatic to troubled and depressed then back again after it was first reported famous first daughter Emily Ratajkowski, newly single, was possibly dating Brad Pitt.
The actress, who hails from typically subdued Encinitas, was rumored to be carrying on with the handsomest man in Hollywood and typically taciturn locals began jibber-jabbering in the Swamis, Cardiff Reef, Beacons lineups about maybe catching a glimpse Pitt at Leucadia Pizza or Captain Kenos, trading notes, agreeing to stake out The Bier Garden at different times so as not to miss the star.
Alas, it turns out the rumors were false and traditionally happy locals fell into the depths of despair until realizing they themselves might just have a shot at EmRata. All cooperation instantly stopped as surfers began sizing each other up, flexing, back-paddling, trying to damage each other’s self-esteem.
Well, attention was snapped back to matters at hand, yesterday, as a swimmer was attacked by a Great White shark in neighboring Del Mar.
The woman was treated at a hospital for puncture and laceration wounds to her upper right thigh, according to Jon Edelbrock, lifeguard chief for the city of Del Mar. She received stitches and is recovering.
The shark may have been a juvenile white shark, Edelbrock said, but officials are waiting for scientists to confirm that. Juvenile white sharks often swim in the waters off Del Mar’s shoreline.
A lifeguard spotted the woman and her friend, two long-distance swimmers, just after 10 a.m. as they were heading back to shore following a mile-plus (kilometer-plus) swim, Edelbrock said. Their strokes changed and the friend was waving his arms for help in the water a few hundred yards (meters) from the beach, but outside the surf zone.
Surfers are now very scared and busily affixing Shark Eyes stickers to the bottoms of their boards, digging SharkBanz bracelets out of closets, pondering moving away from the region altogether, Ratajkowski be damned, and setting up in less terrifying locales like Western Australia or Reunion Island.