ONE of WA's most renowned boardriders says our waters are now so shark-infested that every surfer should be "prepared to die" if they paddle out.
Big-wave surfing legend Geoff "Camel" Goulden rescued 34-year-old holiday-maker Jon Hines after the civil servant from Newcastle was bitten on the arm and stomach as the pair surfed Red Bluff, 160km north of Carnarvon, on Tuesday afternoon.
Speaking from his camp site at Red Bluff yesterday, Mr Goulden, 40, said: "Surfing has become a very dangerous sport. If you spend a lot of time in the water, you have to admit that surfing has become really, really dangerous in the shark-infested waters you now have in WA.
"If you surf, you have to be prepared for the possibility you'll be attacked. There's quite a good chance of that happening.