Mar 05 2008

Shark Shield fails spectacularly. Leaves our shark worry-free sessions in doubt.

Published by at 3:02 am under Gear,Sharks,Surfboards

shark shield Shark Shield fails spectacularly.  Leaves our shark worry free sessions in doubt.

We’ve all had shark fears in the water. For $645, the Shark Shield promised us a future of worry-free surf sessions and explorations of waves and coasts no one would consider surfing now. The term “Sharky” would be a term of the past. Well, don’t hold your breath.

Turns outs one of the Shark Shields was eaten whole by a female great white in testing off South Africa. Shark Shield Test

Who hasn’t had shark jitters in the water while surfing? I was surfing Manhattan Beach last September during an epic combo swell right after Labor Day where the water was warm and amazingly clear when a shark swm right underneath me. I saw the shape, looked down and it saw right below me, turned slowly around in front of me and swam back underneath me. It was at last 5 feet (it honestly looked a lot bigger than that, but no one would be believe if I told them that I bumped fins with an 8 or 10 ft white shark at Manhattan Beach). Needless to say, I paddled straight in. I shouted to the guy 20 yards away from me, who that I was a kook. As I looked back over my shoulder, I saw its dorsal fin above the water heading away from me. I never expected to see my first shark surfing in SoCal especially after surfing San Francisco and NorCal for 10 years!

I know I’ve got a list of spots I’d want to paddle out to, where would you surf if you could have a shark repelling device guaranteed to work?

[via UberReview]

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3 responses so far

  • Brad

    I would probably pick J Bay. But that is creepy out in the water with a beacon like object on your board.

  • rick bryant

    I spear fish when ever weather is permiting. Last time I went was only 2 weeks ago where we ventured out to a reef 2 hours off Bowen North Queensland. We speared a steap drop off that was approx 40 meters deep. I had dived down to take a shot at a coral trout aprox 6 meters down, it had gone back into its hole in the reef.
    I started to surface when i noticed a large dark object in the deeper water only 20 meters from me. At first i was not to alarmed as white tip reef sharks a common out here and never give you a hard time unless you have a fish on the end of your spear, there after an easy feed of fresh fish. By the time i had surfaced the current had taken me away from the reef and i was now in deep water in more ways than one. The seemly harmless reef shark had come up from the deep and had circled me i vividly recall looking closer and feeling of horror whe i realised it was a 12 foot tiger shark and by its movements i was on the menue. I looked for the boat but it was a good 500 meters away. The only thing i had to rely on was the shark shield on my leg, but i had only borrowed it from a friend and did not trust it. The shark continued to circle me, i had to keep on swimming as i was drifting futher out to sea. i lost sight of the shak which terrified me as i can shoot it if i can see it, i dont like the idear of an ambush. sure enough it came for me from my right side. It was level with me with its dorsel fin out of the water. i was prepairing to shoot it hoping to fend it off, when it was f@!$ing close it veared off behind me the shark shield worked! the shark headed back down into the blue and i made it back to the boat. When i got in the boat i recall looking at a mate on board who was white, i was going an shere addrenalin. He informed that he thought i was a goner, he had watched the whole thing unfold. I still have not been back in the water as i will not untill i buy my own shark shield.

  • Shark Shield

    I’m all for it but it is a shame it is not completely reliable yet – more work needed me thinks :)