Jimmy "Ulu Boy" Napeahi has wanted to become a pro surfer since he was a little kid. With hard work, he became one of the top junior surfers in the state.
But in August, he was attacked by a shark in the waters off the Big Island.
KHON2 checked in with him Saturday afternoon to find out how he's doing, and we were pleasantly surprised.
The attack happened at Pohoiki Bay in the Puna District. "Dead Trees" is his home surf break.
"Every day has been a challenge for him because he suffers in pain," said Ulu boys mom, Claire Napeahi.
That's why KHON2 was amazed when we saw him back at Dead Trees on Saturday-- just two months after getting 180 stitches below the waist.
"You know he's blessed that his crew came out today and supported him," Napeahi said.
Ulu Boy got back into the water, courageously from the same spot where he was rescued from.
"As a mom I feel so proud for see my son riding dead trees again. Dead trees is really special to him. It's his favorite wave ride ever and I'm so proud he can overcome his fears. Look at him today he caught an unreal barrel, unreal beautiful," Napeahi concluded.
Ulu boy was not going to let a shark attack get in the way of pursuing his dreams of making it to the pros.
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