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Surfer killed in shark attack was passionate about the sport

Posted at 9:22 AM, May 10, 2020

A surfer killed in a shark attack off a Northern California beach was identified as a 26-year-old man who customized surfboards for a living. State park officials say the man was surfing off Manresa State Beach on the northern end of Monterey Bay on Saturday when he was attacked by a shark of unknown species. At the time, the beach was closed to visitors to prevent crowding during the coronavirus crisis, but swimming and surfing was allowed in the water. Coroner’s officials identified him as Ben Kelly, a resident of Santa Cruz County. On the website for his business, Ben Kelly Surfboards, Kelly explained that began shaping surfboards as a boy because it gave him a creative outlet and fueled his love for surfing.