Epic surf disrupted by shark sighting at Angourie

A SECOND large shark sighting in a week at Angourie has left surfers scrambling to get out of the lineup.

Yamba professional surfer Jeames Young was surfing at the Angourie point break this morning when a fin popped up about ten metres away from him.

"I was only out there for about an hour and it wasn't very crowded, about 15 to 20 of us, and I had just caught a wave and paddled straight out the back," he said.

"It just popped up and floated for a bit then flicked its tail and swam off real fast. There's heaps of mullet around at the moment so it was on the move."

Surfer Jeames Young looks out over Turners Beach in preparation for this weekend's Yamba Surfing Festival.
Surfer Jeames Young looks out over Turners Beach in preparation for this weekend's Yamba Surfing Festival. Adam Hourigan

Young estimated the predator was over six foot long as it was "definitely bigger" than his board, with a black stripe through its fin. And when he yelled shark, people listened.

"I've never seen anyone paddle so fast," he said.

"You kind of go into shock mode, so I was just paddling as close as I could to get the rocks. One wave came through and about 10 people got on it.

"Everyone surfing at Spooky's saw (what was going on) and went in then as well."

Despite the close encounter, Young said the waves had been too good for him to stay away for too long.

"The waves were really fun and I wouldn't be coming in if I didn't see something, but they're always around and we're jumping into their territory," he said.

"I think I'll be back there in an hour.

"I just think if you're going to head out, just let everyone else know there has been something out there."


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