It wasn't. The teen says the shark chomped down on the front of his board just inches from his foot, taking off a chunk bigger than his head. The shark's impact threw him into the water. The junior lifeguard says his flight instinct kicked in and he swam toward shore.
He made it to land safely. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has recorded seven shark bites this year.
Information from: KHON-TV, http://khon.com