Teen surfer bitten twice by shark at New Smyrna Beach speaks out

Teen surfer bitten twice by shark at New Smyrna Beach speaks out
Teen surfer bitten twice by shark at New Smyrna Beach speaks out (WJXT/CNN)

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – A teen surfer says he was bitten twice while surfing at New Smyrna Beach, and he says it was a good Samaritan that helped him out of the water.

Kelton Beardall, 15, has been surfing since he was 4 years old. The Jacksonville native was at New Smyrna Beach around 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening when the dangerous encounter with a shark happened.

“The second time I got bit I thought he got my whole foot. I was like… I lost my foot, I was freaking out. And I caught a wave on my stomach and I saw that I still had my foot and I’m like Yassss,” Beardall recounted. 


Beardall’s mother was on the beach and saw a surfer in distress, but she has no idea it was her son.

“Every mother’s nightmare to look down the beach and say wow that guy, he’s hurt his foot, know that guy has been bitten, the guys falling down he needs help. That guy is my son and then just try to get there as fast as you can,” Eve Beardall said.

An unidentified good Samaritan in the area managed to reach the surfer and carry him to shore. Beardall was feeling well enough to record video during his ambulance ride to the hospital.

He says he expects to be back on into the water in a month or two.



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