Kiwi surfer fought off great white shark by punching it and telling it to 'f*ck off'

Headlines 24/02/2020

A Kiwi surfer has found himself with a yarn for the ages after fighting off a great white shark that attacked him.

Auckland man Nick Minogue's surf board was bitten by the shark on Saturday out at Pauanui beach in the Coromandel, so he decided to throw hands in defence.

He told the NZ Herald: "I was just paddling along and got hit on the side of my elbow and forearm.

"By the time I realised what was going on, its teeth were definitely latched on to the front section of the board."

The 60 year old Minogue said that he had heard the age-old tale about how Sharks don't like being punched in the eye or nose.

"So I actually shouted at it 'f***off!' and went to punch it in the eye and missed," he said.

"Then I pulled my fist back and shouted 'f*** off!' again and got it right smack bang in the eye. It's quite a big eye, about three knuckles across, and its eye kind of looked up and rolled up.

"In between the two punches it crunched down a bit more on the board and then disengaged its teeth, got its jaws off and then I got brushed by the dorsal fin and the tail fin and swam off."

Pauanui surf life-saving club captain Stuart Upjohn had also been on the beach and told Radio NZ: "It turned out he was actually fine but just a bit shaken. [We] had a good look at his surfboard and it had a good bite mark in it."

Mr Minogue was left with a cut on his arm but said his full-length wetsuit saved him from further injury.

"There was blood dripping out the sleeve of my wetsuit. Thankfully it wasn't too deep. Two teeth put holes in my wetsuit but only one punctured the skin," Mr Minogue said.

"I've still got an arm and fingers, it could have been a lot worse."

Hell yeah it could've been worse, what a yarn!