Shark expert says recent spike in attacks 'coincidence'UPDATED 6:56 PM HST Aug 19, 2013Video Transcript
Meanwhile, a 16-year-old shark attack survivor says he will surf again. Tonight we're hearing from the up-and-coming surfing star... now laid up in the hospital after being attacked off the Big Island. KITV4's Justin Fujioka has the interview ALL NEW tonight. Justin... Paula, Yunji... Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi -- better known as "Ulu Boy" -- was surfing at a break known as "Dead Trees" in Pohoiki yesterday, when he came face to face with a shark. With his surfboard by his bedside at Hilo Medical Center, Jimmy "Ulu Boy" Napuahi says he's in pain, but in good spirits... Just one day after a shark bit him at a break known as "Dead Trees" at Pohoiki. Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi: "I GOT HIT AND THEN I GOT BIT AND THEN I STARTED PUNCHING THE SHARK AND BY THE TIME I COULD SEE IT, IT BIT MY LEASH OFF, IT WENT STRAIGHT DOWN, I HOPPED ON MY BOARD. WHEN I RAN UP THE ROCKS, I FELT THE BACK OF MY LEG AND MY HAND JUST SINKED INTO MY BACK OF MY THIGH AND THAT'S WHEN I KNEW THAT IT WAS OVER SO I WALKED AND FELL FACE FIRST ON THE ROCKS." Once out of the water, he says his family members and friends tied up his legs with a leash to stop the bleeding. Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi: "I WAS JUST LUCKY ENOUGH THAT I HAD SUCH A GOOD GROUP OF PEOPLE THERE WITH ME THAT COULD HELP ME. YOU KNOW, MY FRIENDS THAT I SURF WITH AND MY FAMILY FRIENDS THAT TOOK CARE OF ME. YOU NOW, IF IT WASN'T FOR THEM I WOULDN'T BE HERE." He says he's seen sharks at Pohoiki before and always got out of the water. Napeahi never saw this one. Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi: "WHEN IT BIT ME IT HAD ME FROM WAIST DOWN AND I PUNCTURED MY, IT PUNCTURED MY WAIST ABOUT OTWO TO THREE INCHES IN ON BOTH SIDES." He ys he sued4 cuts d 30 woun and is ssing pa s ttocks. But Napeahi ys he's lucky becau e shark missed all his in ligaments. Surfg nce four, he says he's always been surrounded by ter and will be bacin soon as he heals... t that board istaying t. Jimmy Uluala peahi: "I DON'T NEED TO AR. THAT'S THEIR RRITORY. YOU KNOW, THEY HAD EVERY RIGHT TO DO THAT AND I WAS JUST AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND THEY CHOSE ME." The senior at Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science Public Charter School was supposed to compete in an amateur surfing event at Duke's OceanFest in Waikiki today. He plans to rest up and keep a positive attitude as he gets back on his career track to professional surfer. Back to you.