It's a fact of life here in the Red Triangle. There have been confirmed shark attacks on surfers in our waters as long as there have been surfers surfing. It's just one of those things. If you're afraid of getting hit by a white shark, then you probably shouldn't be surfing. But judging from the crowds of people out there, shark attack isn't a high priority fear.
It may not be a great idea to surf in areas where shark activity is well documented, or where there have been attacks in the past. But if the waves are good, surfers will surf them.
Todd Endris was back in the water only six weeks after his close encounter. The shark got him twice and he survived to surf again. It was a story that got my attention back in August 2007. And the video piece below is an interesting update.