(St. Paul Pioneer Press) A Minnesota man fought off a 14-foot tiger shark that attacked him while he was paddleboarding in Maui over the weekend.
"It was nuts," said Matt Mason, 48, who escaped unscathed after he punched the shark. "It was something, man."
Mason said he and his wife, Beth, were paddleboarding about 150 yards from shore off Wailea Beach late Saturday morning on the last day of a nine-day trip to Hawaii.
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Mason said he was kneeling on his board when he felt a jolt, and the board started speeding forward. Mason said he thought his wife, who was paddling a board behind him, had rammed him as a joke. But then he looked over his shoulder, and "there was this head attached to the back of the board."