Bobby Baughman was bitten by a shark near the Cocoa Beach Pier December 10.
The 30-year-old was testing out a new surfboard around 2:30 p.m when he believes a 5-foot bull grabbed his right foot.
The Brevard County man was able to paddle back to shore and headed to the hospital.
He is awaiting surgery at Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital where doctors hope they can repair his damaged tendons.
He said the event is not going to keep him out of the water
“I’m not going to forget that, that’s for sure, … but there’s nothing I could have done to keep that from happening. [the shark] was already trying to eat before I even realized what was going on,” he told the Orlando Sentinel.
The location has been marked on the 2013 Shark Attack map.