At around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, Ben Kelly was attacked by a shark while surfing. A great white, thought to be 10-to-12 feet in length, bit his right leg. The wound would prove to be fatal, and the 26-year-old shaper was tragically pronounced dead at the scene. The news shook his friends, family, and everyone who knew him to their cores, and it was met with an outpouring of grief and support.
The incident, which was the first fatal shark attack in California since 2012, occurred at Manresa State Beach, half-an-hour south of Santa Cruz. According to reports, the attack happened within 100 yards of the shore.