A UC Santa Barbara student was killed Friday by a large shark off Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base. Lucas Ranson, 19, was bodyboarding Friday morning when a large shark took him under by his leg. His friends and other surfers helped him to shore but he bled to death before emergency medical help could arrive.
In response to the attack, Vanderberg officials have closed Surf Beach as well as Wall and Minuteman beaches for at least 72 hours, and warning signs have also been posted at beaches nearby, including at Jalama.
In the meantime, surf conditions have improved with 3-to-5 foot surf at most L.A. beaches. We have a good Southern Hemi and a fading Northwest swell that has most beach breaks, points and reefs seeing excellent quality surf. Wind is calm to slightly off-shore.
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