A man in his 50s surfing on the Central California coast survived an attack Sunday by a juvenile great white shark, state officials said.
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The man sustained minor injuries and was able to paddle himself to shore, Supervising State Park Ranger Robert Colligan said. The 11:30 a.m. attack happened at the Sand Spit Beach in Montana De Oro State Park just west of San Luis Obispo.
The man surfing with a friend was one of several in the water, Colligan said.
“From what eyewitnesses said, the shark came up from underneath and hit him,” said Colligan, adding that witnesses described the shark as being 8 to 10 feet long.