Chuck Patterson’s 2010 video of a Great White Shark up close at San Onofre, California
Miles: “Chuck, why weren’t you afraid of that Great White shark that day surfing at San Onofre?”
Chuck Patterson: “I’d been seeing sharks just about everyday that I was surfing there. It seemed to be a common occurrence. I was more intrigued instead of just freaked out. I saw them all the time and I think they were just as curious as I was.”
“I did get a scare because one was behind me when I paddled out. I kinda startled it and then it took off and I dropped to my knee because it hit my board. Definitely, I was kinda freaked out. I was more bummed in the end because I didn’t get the shot and I thought I’d never see it again. Then suddenly, 10-15 minutes later it came back again.”
“Seeing two sharks at the same time was interesting. I had one day where I had 3 sharks swimming around me that were just curious. I don’t think they are hungry, they’re well fed in that area. They’re teenage sharks so they’re just as curious as I was.”
“It definitely got a little freaky once there were a lot of them out there and I was 200 yard off shore and who knows what could have happened. You’re more confident when you’re on top of the water.”
Miles: “What would happen if you did fall in the water and the sharks were there?”
Chuck Patterson: “Noticing the sharks and how their behavior was, not that I’m a specialist, but I talked to some guys and they think they weren’t in that terrtorial mode. The sharks were just cruising around and real mellow. If I would have jumped in, I would have startled them and they would have taken off. I don’t think that they would have suddenly turned around and come at me.”
“But who knows, I sure as heck wouldn’t just hop in. Where I was I felt totally fine and I was so intrigued with what I saw that the fear just went to the back of my head instead of worrying about anything.”
I want to thank Chuck a ton for this interview. Always fun catching up with you, buddy. Have fun in Maui.
(Chuck just got back from 2 weeks in Europe paddleboarding, chasing a big swell in Tahiti, a little California time and he’s just arrived in Maui for more surf. Chuck is living the good life for the rest of us. Thanks again, Chuck)
3 thoughts on “Chuck Patterson Interview: “Why Weren’t You Afraid of that Great White Shark?” | VIDEO: “Me, My Shark, and I””
Chuck could take that Shark, no problem.
San O is gettin’ sharky
Dude, that’s scary.