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Teen surfer returns to waves at scene of shark attack

POHOIKI, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A teenager from the Big Island with dreams of becoming a professional surfer has returned to the waves where he was attacked by a shark earlier this summer.

Jimmy 'Ulu Boy' Napeahi was surfing in waters off Pohoiki Beach in Pahoa in August when he was bitten across both legs by a shark. He spent weeks in the hospital undergoing surgery for 14 bite marks and an infection that followed before being being released.

Over the weekend, friends and family members cheered Napeahi on as he returned to the waters of Pohoiki, completing a comeback and making it out into the water without fear.

"You know that day where I was lying," said Napeahi. "I'm going to ride out over there."

Napeahi's mother says she was proud to see her son return to the waters at a place that's dear to his heart.

"Every day has been a challenge for him because he suffers in pain," said Claire Napeahi. "He's really lucky that he is, because look at him today. He caught an unreal barrel."

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