17-Year-Old Surfer Survives Serious Shark Attack: ‘Its Teeth Went Straight Through My Leg’

by Matthew Wilson

A 17-year-old is recovering after a shark attack in Florida. The teen went surfing in Ormond Beach, Florida on Saturday (Nov. 7) when a shark bit his leg.

Jordan Hooper said he encountered the shark after wiping out on his surfboard. A wave had knocked him away from his board, and the teen swam to retrieve it. While swimming, he accidentally kicked the shark.

“I started swimming toward the board and that’s when I kicked something in the water,” he told Tracking Sharks. “As soon as I kicked it, boom! It all happened so fast! It completely grabbed onto my leg.”

Hooper estimated the shark was between six to seven feet in length. He believed the kick rattle the shark and scared it. The animal responded by sinking its teeth into Hooper’s leg. After biting him once, the shark swam away leaving Hooper bleeding.

“The back of it is the worst. All of its teeth went straight through my leg,” Hooper said to WIST. ‘They said it could have been anywhere from a 6 to 7-foot blacktip.

The Teen Attempted to Get Help Following His Shark Attack

Hooper quickly realized how serious the situation was when he saw the blood in the water. The teen managed to retrieve his board and attempted to paddle back to shore. But the current was too strong. Hooper said he failed to wave down his friends who didn’t realize Hooper had been attacked.

“That’s when things just started going through my head. I turned and saw all the blood in the water and confirmed what happened. I knew I needed to swim to my board,” Hooper said. He began to feel weak from both swimming and blood loss. “I became exhausted, and felt like I was going to pass out.”

Fortunately for Hooper, a wave picked up both Hooper and his board and carried them to shore where he managed to get help. In total, Hooper required 26 stitches on his leg. He said he’s hesitant about going back into the ocean but doesn’t blame the shark.

“I’m sure it’s going to take some time,” he said.  “If you look at it, every time you get in the water there is going to be a shark 50 feet from you. They are just as scared of you as you are of them. Obviously, I am going to get back in, it’s just going to be sitting in my head the whole time. I was bitten by a shark and I don’t want to do it again.”

Hooper says he holds no animosity toward the shark. “If I hadn’t kicked it, I don’t think anything would have happened,” he said. 

[H/T: Tracking Sharks, WISTV]