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10-year-old surfer fights off 8-foot long shark

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Governor’s Cup of Surfing was canceled Sunday afternoon after numerous shark sightings and a very close call.

At around 5:15 Sunday afternoon, officials canceled the remainder of the surfing competition when surfers reported seeing a shark. A 10-year-old surfer reported that the shark grabbed his surfing “leash,” but he was able to escape uninjured.

“A shark got tangled in my leash and pulled me back and pulled me under and I reached down and grabbed my leash and swam in,” Tyson Royston said.

Royston’s coach was standing nearby when he realized that Royston wasn’t trying to show off for the judges, he was fighting off the reported 8-foot-long Bull shark. Those type of sharks are known for being aggressive.

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