A man has been left with a 20-centimetre gash on his leg after being attacked by a shark on the NSW far north coast.
The 43-year-old local was bitten at Shelly Beach, near Ballina, about 7:10am today.
It is understood he fought the shark off with his surfboard and was able to paddle to shore.
The man took himself to Ballina Hospital and has since been transferred to Lismore Base Hospital.
All beaches in the area have been closed for 24 hours.
More to come.