Jared Trainor Bio – Jared Trainor Wiki
Jared Trainor was surfing solo on Centerville Beach on Sunday in Northern California’s Humboldt County, a nine-mile stretch of pristine beach along the Pacific between cliffs and dairy farms, when the shark emerged, knocking him off his surfboard, The Times-Standard newspaper in Humboldt reported.
Jared Trainor is 31 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
A shark attack has left a California surfer hospitalized with severe injuries and a bitten board.
“I don’t remember the initial contact,” Jared Trainor, 31, told The Times-Standard of the attack, which occurred Oct. 2 at Centerville Beach, Calif. “It kind of happened so quickly.”
The experienced surfer said he was aware of the risks associated with surfing in Northern California during “Sharktober,” when adult sharks return to the west coast.
“It did seem like there might be a little more seals than normal,” he said. “They were hanging out in the whitewash, which is pretty common for them anyways.”
As he paddled out on his board to where the waves were breaking, a shark pulled Trainor underwater. “Coffin style,” he said. “Its lower jaws had the board, and its upper jaws had my leg.”
Trainor fought back, holding onto the shark’s body with one hand and kicking its head with his free leg until the animal let him go, he said, according to an AP report.
After swimming back to shore, Trainor used another surfer’s phone to call for help.
According to the AP, doctors closed extensive wounds on his leg with staples. The injuries covered 19 inches — the length of the shark’s mouth.
Images of Trainor smiling in a hospital bed, the bite marks on his surfboard, and his injuries were posted to Instagram following the attack.
“I’m grateful to be alive,” Trainor told the Times-Standard. “And I love surfing so much that I hope this brings a newfound appreciation.”
According to a GoFundMe page set up to help with his medical bills, Trainor has a “long recovery” ahead after being attacked by a great white shark.
Instagram users posted encouraging words in the comments section of the post. “Rest up, dude,” one person wrote, “you’ll be back in the water in no time 🤙🏼🤙🏼🤙🏼.”
“That’s going to be a badass story & scar, though. I hope healing is a breeze, mentally & physically! But pretty badass!!! You surfers are gnarly to go out there! My toddler is obsessed with sharks, so we’ve been watching a lot of documentaries, powerful animals!” said another.
Trainor said the attack didn’t deter him. “I have a flight to Hawaii in less than a month,” he said. “I was hoping to surf there.”
He also said he wants his son to enjoy surfing as much as he does — despite the risk of rare shark attacks.
“I haven’t told my son directly that this happened,” said Trainor. “Because I hope he’s not losing interest in the sport.”