By Phil Bourjaily
Photo by Leah Fitch
Jeff Horton, a 25-year-old former boxer, fought off a tiger shark in the surf off Kauai, Hawaii, when it attacked his board. Horton was sitting on his board with his feet over the sides when the shark, which was estimated as a 12-footer, attacked. The impact rolled Horton off the board and onto the shark’s back. With “flight” not being an option, Horton chose “fight.” Holding onto a fin with one hand, he punched the shark several times and landed one good shot to the eye that made it release his board.