KOIN Local 6 is reporting that an Oregon surfer had a close-encounter with a shark yesterday. Newport resident Bobby Gumm was sitting on his surfboard about 200 yards off South Beach State Park when a shark bumped and bit his surfboard.
Ron Clifford, who was surfing with Gumm when the encounter occurred, told KOIN Local 6 that the shark lifted Gumm “10′ up in the air.” The shark reportedly removed a “23-inch chunk” from Gumm’s board. Fortunately, Gumm was not seriously injured in the encounter.
KOIN Local 6 is reporting that the shark involved in the encounter was a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias).