A shark took a bite out of a surfer and his board in the waters off Hawaii, causing the suspension of a competition, according to authorities.
The 56-year-old Lahaina man was paddling out into Honolulu Bay on Tuesday when the shark chomped down, the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a Facebook post.
The man, who was not identified by name, underwent surgery at an area hospital, but further details about his condition weren’t disclosed.
The Facebook post included photos of his board, which also had a sizable chunk taken out of it.
The incident led to the suspension of an ongoing World Surf League competition — with which the hospitalized man was not affiliated — according to the department and WSL CEO Erik Logan.
“We are announcing today, right now, that there’s going to be no competition at the Maui Pro following a shark incident that happened in the bay with a recreational surfer this morning,” said Logan in a video posted Tuesday to the WSL’s site. “We’re working with local officials as we speak, and we want to make sure that we express that our thoughts and prayers are with this surfer with this incident that happened this morning.”
In national statistics dating back to 1837, Hawaii ranks second among all states with 171 unprovoked shark attacks, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Florida — which has been a US state for more than 100 years longer than Hawaii — easily ranks first with 852 attacks.