In an updated report by the Associated Press, the victim has been identified as Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, of Orcutt, Calif.
According to the Los Angeles Times' L.A. Now blog, the shark attack occurred around Surf Beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Santa Barbara. The beach is open to the public.
A friend who was with the victim began performing CPR while another surfer called 911 to report the shark attack. Vandenberg Air Force Base responded, reports NBC San Diego.
Unfortunately, efforts to revive Solorio failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to CNN, the victim was surfing with three other friends before the shark attack. The friends were able to pull the victim from the water and two friends performed CPR while the third called 911. No updates were available about the type of shark responsible for the attack. The beach will remain closed.
Surf Beach was the scene of another fatal shark attack exactly two years ago. On Oct. 22, 2010, 19-year-old Lucas Ransom, a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was killed while was bodyboarding with a friend. The shark attack happened about 100 feet from the shore, according to NBC San Diego.
In an earlier shark attack off the Southern California coast in 2008, Dave Martin, 66, was swimming when a shark killed him, reports NBC San Diego.