sharks and surfing

This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

By any statistical measure, the chances of being injured or killed by a shark while surfing are infinitesimally small. During the entire 20th century, along the whole of America's western seaboard, there were just 41 confirmed shark attacks on surfers, only one of which was fatal. Worldwide, less than 500 shark-related deaths, total, surfers and non-surfers, were confirmed between between 1600 and...

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