Sharks are at the top of the food chain. The ocean predators follow their instincts. The good news is that humans are not on their diet list. However, like us, they make mistakes, too. Swimmers and surfers are not sharks’ favorite meal. They prefer sea lions, sea turtles, fish, whales, and seals. The majority of shark attacks occur near the shore, in the surf zone and sandbars, because their natural preys live in these areas. But attacks also take place in steep underwater drop-offs, where divers often swim.
Why, when and how do sharks attack surfers
Are you afraid of heavy closeouts, white-water foam, getting caught inside, or deep water? Do you feel stressed when you observe a swell forming on the horizon? Learn how to overcome cymophobia, the fear of waves. Surfing big waves can be too much for our brain to handle. But, in exceptional cases, the mere act of paddling for two-foot summer roller is, per se, an impossible mission. Why? Because there are some us of us that just panic over the image of a wave. For some people, waves ignite an anxiety disorder. The rare dysfunctional phobia associated with waves even includes ripples generated in man-made wave environment, like surf pools.
How to lose the fear of surfing waves
F-One announced the launch of Papenoo Pro Convertible, a foil stand-up paddleboard (SUP). The short SUP foil board allows riders to accelerate and perform in small wave conditions. The brand says that the kit will excel in knee-to-head-high surf. The Papenoo Pro Convertible features a rectangular outline, carbon construction, a four-fin setup, and is available in two sizes: 7’7” and 7’11”.
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The SUP foil board for small waves
The biggest wave ever recorded by humans was documented on July 9, 1958, in Lituya Bay, on the southeast of Alaska, when an earthquake triggered a series of events that resulted in a megatsunami. History and science books consider it to be the largest tsunami of modern times. On July 9, 1958, at 10:15 p.m., a magnitude 7.8 earthquake caused a rockslide of around 40 million cubic yards (30.6 million cubic meters) in the Gilbert Inlet. The epicenter of the earthquake was on the Fairweather Fault, i.e., in the heart of the 7 miles long, 2 miles wide Lituya Bay.
The biggest wave ever recorded measured 1,720 feet
The International Surfing Association (ISA) will work with the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) to establish standard water safety course and certificate for surf and stand-up paddleboard instructors and coaches. The world governing body for the sport of surfing teamed up with ILS to design the International Surf and SUP Instructor Aquatic Rescue and Safety Course, a program that will see the light of day in 2017. The new course will teach water safety, lifesaving, environmental responsibility, and ocean sustainability to surf training professionals. Accredited trainer Jamo Borthwick worked with both organizations and developed the program’s content.
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ISA teams up with lifesavers