Tristen Durham: Shark bite won't stop Florida surfer from going back into the water

(WESH/NBC NewsChannel) A Florida teen says being bitten by a shark won't keep him out of the water.

Tristen Durham, 14, said he was bitten while surfing near the jetty at New Smyrna Beach.

Just hours after surgery, Tristen said he remembers the moment the shark sank its teeth into his leg.

"I was blown away. I didn't think I would be bit. I didn't even believe it at first," Tristen said.

Tristen was surfing with his friends Wednesday and had been in the water for about an hour when the shark bit his right foot.

"I started ripping my foot away from it, and it wouldn't let go, so I just had to rip it out of its mouth," Tristen said.

According to beach officials, it's the fifth shark bite in Volusia County in 2014. All of the bites happened in the same area at a beach dubbed the shark bite capital of the world.

Tristen has been surfing since he was 3-years-old. He said he can't wait to get out of his hospital bed and back on his surfboard.

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