Maui beach reopened after shark attack

Published: Oct. 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 at 4:58 PM HST
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WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui reopened Friday morning one day after a shark chomped down on a stand-up paddler's board.

Surfboard shaper Dave Peterson, 55, was out at Kanaha beach when a 6 to 8 foot shark knocked him off his board.

It happened around 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the surf spot known as 'Boneyards.'

The shark left a more than one-foot long bite in the board.

Authorities suspect it was a tiger shark because it was so aggressive.

Peterson says he felt sorry for his fellow surfers because lifeguards had to shut down the beach and the waves were really good.

State officials did an aerial survey and then opened the beach at 11 a.m.

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