EUREKA, Calif. (KTLA) -- A 25-year-old surfer who was attacked by a shark in Humboldt County is speaking out about the ordeal.
Scott Stephens says that he punched the shark to get away, and then managed to ride a wave back to shore.
"I opened my eyes underwater and punched the shark on the side of the head until it released me," he told the Eureka Times-Standard. "I saw a lot of blood."
The attack happened just before noon on Tuesday at the North Jetty near Eureka Municipal Airport, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department.
Stephens suffered a 14-inch wound and other injuries.
He was loaded into a pickup truck and taken to a hospital, where he is now recovering.
Witnesses who were in the water told the Times-Standard that they heard the victim shouting for help.
They said he appeared to be in shock as surfers tried to stop the bleeding on the shore.
Officials believe the shark was probably a great white, based on the bite marks on the surfboard.
The attack comes after a 39-year-old surfer was killed last week after being bitten by an apparent great white near Lompoc.