People.com Lifestyle Pets Surfers Share Their Shark Attacks Stories and Why They Are Still Surfing for SharkFest National Geographic's SharkFest continues this week with Shark vs. Surfer and more jaw-some programs By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 31, 2020 02:43 PM Share Tweet Pin Email National Geographic's SharkFest, a 5-week block of shark-infested programming, is still swimming on to TVs this summer, so keep an eye on the horizon for fins. This toothy celebration of the oceans' apex predators will feature a new show this weekend. Shark vs. Surfer will premiere on National Geographic on Sunday, August 2. at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CST with an encore presentation on Nat Geo WILD on Thursday, August 13, at 9 p.m./8 p.m. CST. This new special focuses on the rising number of shark attacks worldwide and the surfers at the center of many of them. Shark vs. Surfer visits shark-infested surfing destinations the world over and includes interviews with surfers who have tangled with sharks at these locations. The interviews delve into the shocking details of what happened and why many of the surfers have continued to ride the waves after their attacks. Kira Ivanoff/National Geographic 50 Shades of ... Sharks? National Geographic's SharkFest Delves Into the 'Delicate' Sides of the Sea's Fiercest Creatures Kyle Swann/National Geographic Shark vs. Surfer also includes insights from marine biologists Ryan Johnson and Dr. Stephen Kajiura to provide context on just how likely shark attacks are while surfing at these popular, shark-filled spots. Of course, there is plenty more shark-infested television filling National Geographic. In the above video, SharkFest host Kenny Mayne has a look at some of the most exciting highlights of SharkFest so far and a peek at what kind of fin-tastic action you can expect moving forward. Victim Identified in Deadly Maine Shark Attack, State's First-Ever Fatal Incident The next week of SharkFest will happen on National Geographic, followed by another two weeks of TV about these fascinating underwater predators on Nat Geo WILD. This solid five-week block of shark-filled television will include 17 original premieres and hours of captivating content from National Geographic expansive archives. Tune in to Shark vs. Surfer and more as SharkFest continues on National Geographic.