Legendary surfer Ben Kelly was killed Saturday, May 9, in a shark attack in waters off Manresa State Beach. It is the first fatal shark attack since 2004 in Northern California.
Kelly was a surfboard shaper in Santa Cruz. His Instagram page was filled with tributes after his death. One from chejordan28 read: “Well brother you reached legend status. We always said if you’re gonna go, go big. We as surfers all understand, that we sign under the dotted line, in invisible ink each time we enter the water. We enter into a place where greater things than us dwell and that it could possibly be the last time we set foot on land.”
The State Parks said Kelly was killed by an “unknown shark species.”