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Paddle-boarder fights off 8-foot shark off Central Maui

By Star-Advertiser staff

& Wendy Osher/mauinow.com

LAST UPDATED: 02:44 p.m. HST, Oct 18, 2012

A portion of the beach in central Maui near Kahului Harbor was closed this morning after an 8-foot shark bit the paddleboard of a stand-up paddler.

Dave Peterson, owner of Maui Dawn Patrol, said he was surfing 300 yards off shore at a surf break known as “Boneyard” at Kanaha Beach Park when a gray shark knocked him into the water.

“I was standing on my board waiting for wave,” said Peterson who shapes surfboards and paddleboards.” “The water was clear. There was no wind.

“Something came up and knocked me off my board. I fell into the water and landed on the back of the shark. It was biting my board, so I hit it on the head with my paddle and it let it go and swam away.”

Peterson escaped without any injuries.

However, his paddleboard had bite marks that was 9 to 10 inches wide.

He said the shark was 6 to 8 feet long, gray and probably a reef shark.

Rod Antone, Maui County spokesman, said the stretch of beach from the mouth of Kahului Harbor to Kahului side of Sprecklesville was closed after the shark attack was reported at 7:30 a.m.

Shark warning signs were posted on the beach.

Ocean safety officials will re-evaluate the situation on Friday and determine when the beach will re-open.

There were no other shark sightings at Kahana Beach on Thursday.

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Anonymous wrote:
This should be really no surprise, if you're from Maui and an avid swimmer,surfer or diver you know that KANAHA beach has always been a haven for sharks of all varieties,so why this is news now? Lucky person...
on October 18,2012 | 11:39AM
kiheilocal wrote:
Agree...why is this news? Unless you're the guy whos board it was, save the drama.
on October 18,2012 | 12:33PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Agree....should have read -- Shark fights off paddleboarders for invading their space.
on October 18,2012 | 01:26PM
allie wrote:
Some of the male customers I fight off at my pizza shop in Waikiki are at least 8 feet long sharks!
on October 18,2012 | 12:29PM
kainalu wrote:
I heard of a kayak being attacked recently. And now a paddle-board. Dang.
on October 18,2012 | 12:43PM
Mythman wrote:
Where's the photograph? Did the shark take a piece out of the board?
on October 18,2012 | 12:52PM
I was thinking about purchasina a paddle board or kayak, and I'm still thinking.
on October 18,2012 | 02:14PM
juscasting wrote:
SUP board man 1 - Tax collector 0
on October 18,2012 | 02:45PM
kiheilocal wrote:
As one of the life guards at the scene said "To see a shark in the water is not much cause for surprise,” said Darr who explained that the ocean is where sharks live.“But,” he said, “if you found one at home on your couch, that’s another story.”
on October 18,2012 | 04:17PM
sistasesh wrote:
mano feels the same as i do about SUPs. many is the time i have waited patiently for a nice wave, only to have a Snake Using a Paddle cut in the line of rotation.
on October 18,2012 | 07:26PM
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