Here's what actually happened. Three locals I surf with all the time. All very good surfers. Two surfers paddled out. Third surfer (victim) was halfway out. First guy caught first wave. Third surfer was midstroke arm out of water and overhead in about 5 feet of water, shark 6-7' tiger, bit side of board with its nose wedging under his armpit and pushing him off board. They wrestled over board a bit and shark nose scruffed him up a bit then shark let go and swam away.
There had been a lot of divers in the area previous day and while kiting (three miles away) I saw a 12-15 lb dead Uhu (parrot fish) that had been speared, got away, and was floating on surface. I tried to grab it so I could bitch slap Reo or Felix with it or try to knock off the Hats hat but it was a slippery bastard. Don't think this fish had anything to do with attack. There are always divers spearing in the surf zone here and dragging trails of bloody fish. Most likely he just looked a little like a turtle and it was random. Something to think about next time you are thrashing around trying to relaunch a kite. Lots of tigers on this stretch of coast.
The break in question can not be kited or filmed (can't be kited due to wrong wind angle and no launch can't be filmed due to extreme localism. Not a really great wave buy we have some gnarly psychos in my neighborhood who break into cars, break window, flatten tires, break fins off boards, beat people up etc. I even saw Slater get sent to the beach once (for no reason). One guy even bit a shark style bite out of a visiting surfers rail one day. Not as bad as the old days and nothing like Vland or Pipe for numbers of beatings but still enforced. Even I don't film in front of my own house. It simply isn't done. It's not really a wave I would film anyway but that's just the weirdness of life on the North Shore. Keeps the crowds down for morning surfs though.
I do wish I had gotten that fish and bitched slapped someone. It could have started a trend. Maybe dead fish kiting football would be fun too. Summer can be pretty boring.
I used to be a Skydive Hawaii jump pilot there back in the early 90's just across the street at Dillingham airport. I used to fly my ass off sometimes 16 loads a day. I'd fly those crazy bastards up to 10 sometimes 13,000 feet and let them jump out of the airplane and then haul ass and try to beat them back down to the jump zone. I'd see all kinds of sharks out there, you'd be surprised how well you can see big buggahs from the air. I once saw a guy hooked up with and ahi or some other game fish trying to reel it in from a boat just off shore from mokes and there were all these huge tigers, and I mean they looked like freaking telephone pole logs out there just waiting to wack that guys fish.
I tell my wife all the time that as surfer/kiters everytime we enter the ocean we join the food chain from the bottom of the list. It's a calculated risk that we all knowingly take on.