- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) - Central Coast surfer Elinor Dempsey has returned to the waves for the first time since a white shark took a bite out of her board last month.

The 54-year-old Los Osos woman ventured into the waves north of Morro Rock on Sunday and spent about two hours in the water.

Dempsey tells The Tribune of San Luis Obispo (https://bit.ly/1FXzk5U) she was a bit nervous but had been wanting to get back in the water.

On Aug. 29, Dempsey was surfing Morro Strand State Beach when a shark bit into her board, leaving a 13½-inch-wide half-moon hole edged in teeth markings. Witnesses saw Dempsey tumble off, and, looking back, she says she temporarily blacked out.

After Sunday’s return to the water she came to shore with a smile on her face.

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Information from: The Tribune, https://www.sanluisobispo.com

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