Terror from Below

For a month or so after Lew Boren's shark attack death, West Coast surfers paddled into the lineup like jittery late-night New Yorkers walking home while Son of Sam was still at large.

On Christmas Eve 1981, a 25-year-old wetsuit-clad Monterey County kneeboarder named Lew Boren was pulled from the shallows of Spanish Bay, near Pebble Beach. His corpse was bloodless, with a perfectly symmetrical armpit-to-hip bite taken out of his torso—the work of a 20-foot-long, 4,000-pound white shark. Surfing, again, was in the news. But this time around, the attention didn’t seem particularl...

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