EWA, OAHU (KNHL) -- A surfer who was attacked by a shark off the coast of Hawaii Monday afternoon is now talking about his close call.

Kiowa Gatewood's pulse is no doubt much calmer now that he's comfortably in a hospital bed, as opposed to when he thought he was safe on his surf board.

He says he was only about 20 meters off the coast of White Plains Beach in Ewa when the hungry tiger shark introduced itself.

"I was sitting down on my board and I saw this shark coming out of the water and grab my leg and from there I had this instinct to hit it with my left hand," he said.

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