For Ben Kelly († 26) it came true. The passionate surfer grabbed his board on Saturday afternoon and did a few laps off the California coast. Suddenly: a shark attack!
Kelly died on the spot from his serious injuries, the state’s park authorities said. The accident happened 90 meters in front of Manresa State Beach near Santa Cruz.
Kelly is said to have been known in Santa Cruz, had her own surf shop. There he sold handmade boards.
With his shop, he turned his passion into a profession. Two years ago he wrote on Facebook: “With every hand-made board there are endless possibilities. (…) It is my job to find the surfboard and bring it to life for the surfer! “
The local surfing scene expressed grief for Kelly on social media.
▶ ︎ “Well, brother, you have reached the status of a legend,” wrote user “chejordan28”.
▶ ︎ Another commented: “I would like to express my deepest condolences to his mother, his family and all of our mutual friends in our surf community here in Santa Cruz. Ben, you were unique, one of the good guys, and I will miss you painfully. Aloha, brother and love on your journey to star surfing. At least I know that you will have a good board under your feet. “
Was it a great white shark?
It is still unclear which type of shark attacked Kelly so fatally. However, it is suspected that it could have been a great white shark.
Drone photographer Eric Mailander told local TV station “KRON4” that he counted 15 great white sharks off the coast on Saturday morning. Another photographer had captured Great White Sharks in front of Manresa Beach on Friday.
After the accident, the nearby waters were closed to swimmers and surfers for five days. Signs warn of the danger. The beach itself is closed from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday’s incident was the third fatal shark attack off Northern California since 1984.