At approximately 7:30am, local Maui resident Dave Peterson is okay after tiger shark knocks him off board this morning on Maui’s North shore, at a popular spot called Bone Yards near Kanaha Beach Park. According to another paddler, shark appeared to be 8-9ft long when it attempted to take a big bite of the stand up paddler’s board.
It apparently bumped him so hard, he fell onto the back of the shark. He then began hitting the shark with his paddle and then it paddled away. Dave is a well-known shaper and waterman, very familiar with this break and we’re just stoked he’s okay.
I’ve seen quite a few in my 13 years here, but to get bumped liked that must have been such a scare. We always know it’s their place first and we all respect that. Occasionally for whatever reason we do hear of incidents but this seemed to be quite aggressive so the beach was closed for the day.
Courtesy of Hawaii News Now:
Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) – A portion of Kanaha Beach on Maui has been closed due to a shark attack. Officials say the 6 to 8 foot shark took a bite out of a board that was being used by a stand-up paddler. Maui Communications Director Rod Antone says the attack happened around 7:30 a.m. at an area known as “Kite Beach” which is on Maui’s northern coastline, east of Kahului.
Antone says the paddler scared off the shark by hitting it with a paddle. The paddler was not injured. Also check out: http://mauinow.com/2012/10/18/breaking-shark-takes-bite-out-of-board-kanaha-closed/ Click HERE for MauiNow.com’s interview with the stand-up paddler. Kanaha Beach has been closed in the area the attack area stretching from Kahului Harbor mouth to the Kahului side of Spreckelsville. Shark warning signs are posted. Lifeguards remind beach-goers to be aware of any unusual activity taking place in the water and to get out of the water immediately if a shark is spotted. Any sightings should be reported by calling 911 and asking for “Ocean Safety”.
A special thanks to the Maui lifeguards and fireman who have our backs out there. I know they’ve been there for me!
Aloha, Suzie Cooney of Suzie Trains Maui