--Shark attack 2012 A surfer has been attacked by a shark at North Avoca Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast. Australia--
Shark bites surfer on NSW beach
A surfer has been attacked by a shark at North Avoca Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast.
The shark bit the 28-year-old man while he was surfing at around 8pm (AEDT) Tuesday evening.
NSW Ambulance says the man felt his arm go underneath the surfboard and immediately paddled back to shore to raise the alarm.
The man sustained a five-centimetre puncture wound to his right forearm and another puncture wound to his right wrist.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition.
Rick Parsons, president of the local Surf Lifesaving Club, said witnesses reported the shark was brown and about 1.8 metres long.
He said it could have been a bronze whaler, which was recently sighted at nearby Terrigal Beach.
He said the attack was extremely uncommon.
"I've never known of a shark attack on North Avoca and I've been involved with the surf club for the past 20 years," he said.
A spokesman for Gosford Hospital said the surfer was in a satisfactory condition and that doctors were taking X-rays of his arm.
He may not even need stitches, he said.