A 54-year-old Haleiwa woman was surfing on the North Shore of Oahu on New Year’s Eve when she was attacked by a tiger shark. According to Hawaii News Now, Marjorie Mariano was surfing off Laniakea Beach at 6 p.m. when the tiger shark bit her left leg and surfboard.

“I felt something big and I felt the bite really hard,” Mariano told Hawaii News Now. “I turned my body and I looked at the sharks face biting my leg and I start to paddle like a maniac. I was like I need to get out of here.”

Other surfers witnessed the attack and promptly helped her to shore where she was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. While the laceration runs from Mariano’s knee to upper thigh, she said doctors were able to save the leg. She will require surgeries this week but is currently in stable condition.

Marjorie Mariano’s surfboard with bite marks from the tiger shark. Photo: Courtesy of Hawaii News Now/Marjorie Mariano

According to a GoFundMe started to help Mariano with her quickly-growing medical costs, the shark is estimated to be around 10-feet in length.

Despite the life-changing incident, Mariano told Hawaii News Now she intends to surf again one day.

Marjorie Mariano. Photo: Courtesy of GoFundMe

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