Twenty-seven-year-old Eric Tarantino was surfing with friends Saturday morning at Marina State Beach in Monterey County when the attack happened.
His friends say Tarantino was only in the water for about 10 minutes when a 9-foot shark bit him on the neck and right forearm. The animal also left teeth marks in his red surfboard.
After being helped by his friends, authorities airlifted him to a San Jose hospital. Doctors say the bite narrowly missed his jugular vein and carotid artery.
KGO-TV reports that Tarantino could be released as early as Monday after doctors determined that his injuries are non-life-threatening.