When Cody Lopez went out to catch some waves Tuesday, he had his Go-Pro
waterproof camera mounted to his surfboard.
"It was really big day, and I thought I'd just get shots of me wiping out," Lopez joked.
But Lopez never really got a chance to ride waves that day, because the only other two people in the water began flagging him down for help.
One was a boogie boarder, and the second was a Waialua surfer who was trying to get away from a shark that just bit him.
"He said, ' I just punched a 10-foot tiger' and I said, 'Oh, OK.' I kind of laughed and said 'Let’s go,' you know," Lopez said.
As Joshua Holley left the hospital Tuesday, he thanked his new surfer buddies for helping to make sure he in got to shore safely.
"Whereever you guys are, God bless you. I really appreciate you helping me out. It was pretty frightening. I am just thankful I am alive," said Holley.
In the video Lopez shared, you can see Holley on the board with his injured foot up in the air.
"I took a look at it coming in and said it didn't look that bad. I asked him what his name was. I was trying to keep the situation light," said Lopez. He said the only gnarly point was getting through the white wash on the reef.
"On the way back in we encountered a set that wiped up us all out. But it wasn’t too bad. Luckily it was high tide and we made it to safety. I was kind of in shock, trying to keep a clear head," said Lopez.
At noon Wednesday, Ocean Safety decided to remove the shark warning signs from a two-mile stretch of North Shore beaches near where Holley was bitten while surfing.
A flyover over the coastline using a fire department helicopter did not indicate there were any sharks in the area.