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SURVIVE | Shark Attack

It was a perfect fall morning just before Halloween on the peninsula shielding Northern California's Humboldt Bay. High-tide peaks were breaking up and down the beach, and the water was clean and clear. I caught four waves in quick succession, laughing at my good luck. Then it changed. —Scott Stephens

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Illustration: Koren Shadmi
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From behind me, something dark broke the surface. Luckily for me, the board took the brunt of the force.

 


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