Surfer injured in apparent shark attack, NSW

Amber Hopkins | Facebook

Amber Hopkins | Facebook

A Byron Bay surfer is in hospital after an apparent shark attack left him bleeding and his board snapped in half on the NSW north coast. "So stoked to see him able to limp up the beach" Cameron wrote in his post.

The Suffolk Park man reportedly drove himself to hospital with a gash to his right thigh and says he believes it was a great white shark that attacked him while he was surfing Illuka Beach on Sunday morning.

The board snapped and he was thrown into the air.

Mcgrath's friend, Bryce Cameron, shared the photo of the broken surfboard on his Instagram account.

He said the shark began to circle before turning away.

'[Abe] was stoked, he wasn't in shock yet, he was really happy to be alive and in front of his mates, ' he said.

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"Life could have been very different this morning", he said.

He grabbed half of his surfboard and swam to shore.

A witness, Amber Hopkins shared images of Mcgrath's wounds on Facebook.

"Our arrival to Iluka this morning, (Abe McGrath) hit by a juvenile white pointer".

Main and Bluff beaches remain closed as a result of the attack.

A second shark net trial for the region was announced this month for five beaches in Ballina, Lennox Head and Evans Head.

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