Surfer Killed by Shark Near Santa Barbara

Second fatal attack at Surf Beach in two years

Bite marks from the 15- to 16-foot great white that attacked a surfer Tuesday at Surf Beach in Santa Barbara County. Photo: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

Update: Experts have examined the wound and board damage to determine that Solorio was attacked by a 15- to 16-foot great white Tuesday at Surf Beach. Solorio, a long-time local from nearby Orcutt, frequented Surf Beach since he was a kid. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., a 39-year-old surfer from Orcutt, Calif., was killed by a shark Tuesday morning at Surf Beach, on Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County. Witness reports say four surfers were in the water when the shark attacked; one swam to the victim and pulled him to the beach while another called 911.

Solorio, an experienced surfer, sustained a massive bite to his upper torso. After attempted CPR by paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene. They've yet to release estimates of what type of shark it was or of its size.

This fatal attack occurred almost two years to the day that 19-year-old bodyboarder Lucas Ransom was fatally attacked by an 18-foot great white shark at the exact same beach on Oct. 22, 2010. The beach remains closed until further notice.

As details emerge, find updates on this story at Surfermag.com/.



Approximate location of the attack marked by the red pin on map:

Air Force Base officials close the beach after the fatal shark attack in 2010. Photo: Spencer Weiner/AP