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  • - I recently told somebody that getting attacked by a shark

  • was the greatest thing that's ever happened to me.

  • And they're like, "That's absurd.”

  • You know, why would you say that?"

  • I've had incredible opportunities.

  • I've been able to visit some really cool places

  • and meet some incredible people.

  • All these things have been nurtured from this shark attack.

  • I think it's really made me who I am today.

  • (driving piano music)

  • My name is Mike Coots.

  • I live on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

  • I'm a surfer, photographer, and shark attack survivor.

  • There's some really great surf spots out here.

  • I was 18 years old, surfing here on Kauai with some friends,

  • and it was early in the morning and I paddled out

  • and thought I was gonna have a surf session

  • like any other day, and it was a lot different.

  • I got attacked by a tiger shark.

  • As soon as I hit it,

  • it let go and disappeared back underwater.

  • And I remember passing out

  • basically as soon as we got to the hospital

  • and I woke up a day-and-a-half later an amputee.

  • I got my first prosthetic six months after the shark attack.

  • Early on, you think you can't do this,

  • you think you can't do that.

  • You know, there's these physical limitations on life.

  • And I didn't think I could drive a truck with a stick shift.

  • And you learn how to drive a truck with a stick shift

  • and you're like, "Wow, that was cool."

  • And you build up these little things like day to day to day.

  • After a while, it's like bring it on.

  • What can happen that I can't figure out how to do?

  • I was in college and I remember class got out.

  • I was like, "You know what?”

  • "I'm gonna take a longboard;

  • I'm gonna get the biggest board I can find

  • and just take my prosthetic in the water

  • and see what happens."

  • I caught a wave and I was screaming pretty loud.

  • I was like, "What?!”

  • "This is cool; this is amazing!"

  • And I think that was the best wave

  • I had ever caught in my life.

  • From then on, I started figuring out,

  • okay, what's gonna break?

  • What can I make that's a foot

  • that'll help me surf even better?

  • And trying to basically make the ultimate surfing foot.

  • I think I'm doing it because it's fun,

  • but I'm also, it's this learning experience

  • and it's taking this information and passing it on

  • to people that wanna surf with a prosthetic.

  • The ocean has taken a lot from me,

  • but what it's given back to me has been immeasurable.

  • I've lost, you know, nearly my life to a shark,

  • yet I really believe sharks are one of the

  • if not the most important species in our marine ecosystem.

  • And at the rate that they're being killed off,

  • they're not gonna be around in 10, 15, 20 years.

  • And why not use something that could,

  • I guess, be said as a negative and turn it into a positive.

  • The shark attack's been the greatest thing

  • that's ever happened to me.

  • (slow pop music)

- I recently told somebody that getting attacked by a shark

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サメの攻撃の生存者は水の中で戻ってジャンプ (A Shark Attack Survivor Jumps Back In the Water)

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    許大善 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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