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-Kiowa Gatewood stares at his 6-foot surfboard knowing he got lucky.
-I saw its face.
It just came out of the water and I saw everything.
-The 19-year-old was surfing with friends at White Plains Beach in Ewa Beach Monday about 100 feet from shore when he saw a large shadow below him.
-It came up and its face was like on my leg already, so it was already biting me.
And what I did was I used my left hand and I hit it on the side of its face like right over here and then it let go and then turned right around and swam off.
I'm positive it's a tiger.
Gatewood alerted the rest of the surfers in the lineup.
There was a shark in the water.
He knew he was bitten but didn't know how bad.
-I didn't really realize like at the moment.
I just knew I had to get out of the water.
It looked really big.
-Witnesses estimate the shark was between 8 to 10 feet.
It left behind its teeth mark on Gatewood's surfboard.
He believes the board saved his life.
-The impact I got underneath the board and it saved under my leg, so the only like kind of bite that hit me was just on the top of my leg.
-I'm really happy that, you know, he stayed calm and he just paddled back by himself and he pushed his way up on shore.
-On July 17th, White Plains Beach was closed for 2 hours after a large shark was spotted.
-I heard there's been sightings of like a 12-foot tiger shark recently.
There is a monk seal on the sand too like when I was crawling in.
I sat right next to it and I looked at it, I was like oh, that's why there's tiger sharks here.
-Gatewood underwent surgery on Monday and started rehab Tuesday morning.
He hopes to be back in the ocean in 2 months.
-It was just one of those days I was just-- the water was murky and it was an ominous feeling over there, but yes, I'm probably gonna go out again when I can.
-Be careful when you surf.
Just be aware of your surroundings and the water is murky and you know it's raining.
Don't go out.
-Ron Mizutani, KHON2 News.
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