Learn to fight, fend off sharks

In case you’re looking for another reason to start taking

up boxing or kickboxing, you can now add “aid in rare

instances of shark attack” to that list.

Sunday morning off the Pila’a Beach near Kilauea, Hawaii,

Jeff Horton, 25, was visited by what he estimated to be a 12-foot

tiger shark.

“I had my feet dangling, hanging below my surfboard, and I saw

this thing coming up. And my instinct was ‘whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,

whoa,’ and the thing comes right up. And I yanked my foot out right

where it took the bite. Bit my board and missed my foot. And it

flipped me and I rolled on top of it,” Horton said.

That’s when the former boxer followed the recommended

course of action when you’re face with a shark attack,

unloading punches as hard and as fast as he could. One of the blows

caught the shark in the eye, which prompted the predator to

retreat, allowing Horton to make it to safety.

“After that, all the waves seemed small to me. I didn’t care if

they crashed on me or what. I just wanted to make it in,” Horton

said.

With a survival tale to tell for the rest of his life, and the

yellow board he was using sporting a semi-circle imprint of the

creature’s jaws ready to be hung on his wall, Horton, who has

surfed since he was 14, said that the traumatic event won’t

deter him from returning to the water.