Shark Attacks Jimmy "Ulu Boy" Napeahi on Big Island

Written by:

This past Sunday, Hawaiian native Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi was surfing Shacks on the Big Island when he fell victim to a shark attack. The 16-year-old suffered multiple lacerations to his legs and was reported to receive over 180 stitches, but is expected to make a full recovery. The predator was estimated to be an 8 to 10 feet long tiger shark which pulled Napeahi underwater by his legs while he was sitting on his board. The surfer immediately began punching the shark in the gills until it let go, swimming away with only his leash.

ulu boy hospitalized

“Ulu Boy” recovering after surgery at the Hilo Medical Center in Hawaii. Photo: Instagram/ @renomakani

After making his way to shore, Napeahi tied the remainder of his leash around his leg wounds to stop the bleeding. He was immediately air lifted to Hilo Medical Center where doctors began performing surgery on his wounds. With stitches along his legs, calves, feet, and hips, doctors are predicting about two months for the injuries to heal along with an additional five months in therapy before he is able to surf again.

Before his attack, the surfer was training for a North Shore surfing competition after coming in fourth at the annual Big Island Pro-Am.

swimming shark

A tiger shark swimming in its natural habitat. Photo: Wikicommons/ Albert Kok


Shark Research Committee

(1398 Posts)

The Surf Channel is an original, free, ad supported television network delivered on cable, satellite and IPTV services, web and wireless. The Video On Demand television network will be found on cable, satellite, telco and digital. Distribution partners include: Comcast, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish Network, We aim to provide 24-hours a day surf television, 365-days a year straight to the living room of cable and satellite subscribers, featuring nothing but surf! How long has the industry been waiting to hear those words?


Join The Surf Channel Facebook

Drop In the Surf Channel Newsletter
Keep up with the latest surf news!
Top 10
The Surf Channel Television Network Top 10 Summer Bikinis 2015 Local Style Ireland and Indonesia MALIBU longboard

Top 10 Universities For Surfers - The Surf Channel

Most Viewed
Drop In the Surf Channel Newsletter
Keep up with the latest surf news!