Shark attack won’t stop ‘strong’ Sam
A BULL shark attack won't be enough to deter Ballina surfer Sam Morgan from getting back in the water and giving the pro circuit a go, says Le-Ba Boardriders Club president Don Munro.
The 20-year-old was surfing Lighthouse Beach when he was attacked by a 2.8 to 3.1m bull shark at about 6.20pm on Tuesday night.
We were just starting to think that things were settling down and now, again, we're back in another terrible situation,
He suffered a large wound to his left thigh and was flown to Gold Coast University Hospital where he underwent immediate surgery and was put in an induced coma.
"We were just starting to think that things were settling down and now, again, we're back in another terrible situation," Mr Munro said.
"Sam's very lucky, he's going to survive, his operation was a success and he's in an induced coma until tomorrow and he should recover fully from the incident and be back in the water as soon as possible, knowing Sam."
Top junior surfer
Mr Munro said Sam, who's one of the club's top junior surfers, would likely be back in the water as soon as he's physically able.
"I know Sam well enough to know I'll go into shock if he turns around and says, 'I'm not going to go back in the water' and give up his career," he said.
"He's a very strong kid, a very intelligent kid, a very helpful kid, but also a very strong-willed one.
"You have to be to be any sort of competitive sports athlete.
"I know he'll recover from this as quickly as anyone could."
Last year as junior pro
Mr Munro said Sam had been competing on a junior pro circuit and had only just reached the age where this was his last year as a junior.
He said Sam had a full time job working at the Ballina-Byron airport and spent most mornings, evenings and weekends surfing and training.
"That's what he's been putting all his effort into, training and competing," he said.
"He is a very successful, competitive surfer, and he's a very good surfer.
"He is in that top echelon of Australia's hot juniors."