Surfing contest held at shark-bite capital

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Volusia County - the world's shark bite capital - will host a surfing competition next month.

The Volusia County Council approved the event last week. Organizers say the Land Shark Spring Surfari Pro could attrack 2,000 visitors to the Ponce de Leon Inlet.

Land Shark Lager, produced by a Jacksonville-based brewing company, will sponsor the contest during the first week of April.

Volusia County saw 22 shark attacks last year - its highest early total since 2001. Most of them were in the surf haven of NewSmyrna Beach on the central Atlantic coast.
Information from: Orlando Sentinel,

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