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Hawaii surfer survives Great White attack

Gumm shows off the 23-inch chunk the shark took out of the surfboard (Source: Kevin Armstrong) Gumm shows off the 23-inch chunk the shark took out of the surfboard (Source: Kevin Armstrong)
Source: Kevin Armstrong Source: Kevin Armstrong
Source: Kevin Armstrong Source: Kevin Armstrong

SOUTH BEACH, Oregon (HawaiiNewsNow) -  Bobby Gumm is lucky to be alive. That is an understatement when you look at his surf board.

Thursday afternoon Bobby was sitting on his board, about 600 feet from shore at a location known as South Beach in Oregon when the Oahu native felt his board explode.

Gumm told other surfers that the great white shark around 16 to 20 feet in length.

Surfer Ron Clifford who was nearby described the moment if attack. "I thought I heard Bobby yell for help and I turned to look," said Clifford, "The water was roiling like piranhas were attacking, and suddenly he and his board were lifted ten feet into the air."

Gumm was only inches from the spot where the Great white crunched down.

Gumm who now lives in Oregon says it took him 10 minutes to paddle to shore, not knowing if the shark would return. Gumm's wife says he is in shock and is currently talking to shark experts.

Bobby is chef at the Bay-839 Restaurant in Newport, Oregon. The restaurant now plans to permanently display the surfboard.

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