SEASIDE, Ore. – Forget about jumping the shark: A surfer said he surfed a shark on the Oregon Coast Monday.
Doug Niblack said it happened at “the cove,” a popular surfing spot in Seaside. He was surfing Monday afternoon when a 10- to 12-foot shark hit his board and knocked him off, he said.
Niblack said he ended up standing on top of the shark, which he believes was a Great White. He said it lifted him out of the water above his knees for several seconds, then it took off.
“It pulled my leg about three feet, hooked on my leash, then it was gone,” said Niblack. “And that was the scariest part, when I didn’t know where it was anymore.”
He was not hurt.
While no one captured video of the encounter, nearby surfers who saw the encounter said Niblack is not making this up.
“You just have that fight or flight thing going on,” said surfer Jake Marks. “The shark was a lot bigger than us, so we chose flight.”
Both Niblack and Marks said they’ve never paddled to shore so hard in their lives.
Marine biologists and ichthyologists said although they are scarce, sharks do roam off the Oregon coast.