Actually the shark once shark expert (Pierre Delispinois - Discovery Channel Shark Photog) --- said in the that kind of water -- open ocean very rough water that shark hit me not I hit the shark (I originally thought that too) Pierre did say that shark probably though the foil was a ray or the pitch may have attracted it. Dunno
Funny -- I actually have been poking fun at a friend who uses the sharkbanz for a long time .......... perhaps I am now in the market for a pair .............
Carbon Foil. I had a long conversation with a shark expert who analyzed the bite mark and asked me questions --- quite sure it was a Bull Shark at this point.Hugh2 wrote: ↑Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:12 amWow, that's quite a story. I'm sure everyone thinks about sharks whenever they need to body drag for their board in the ocean, I know I did this weekend in Cape Hatteras, and always do in Cape Town, yet shark attacks on body dragging kiters are unheard of to my knowledge. Having the foil in the water might indeed change the equation from the sharks perspective. Metal or carbon foil? And how do you know it was a bull shark? From the bite and tooth impressions?
THANKS ---- "Foiling"JakeFarley wrote: ↑Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:33 amHope you recover quickly and get back foiling soon. Bull sharks are notoriously aggressive, just after great white and tiger sharks. My shark bite is nothing compared to yours (got bit on the knee by a small blacktip, no stitches). When I tell my story, I say "after three days of pain and suffering, the shark died".
junebug wrote: ↑Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:26 pmTo the OP -- I'm glad you are okay. That sounds terrifying. Thanks for posting.
I live about 3 hours south, in Charleston, South Carolina. I kitefoil 90% of the time now, and have for the past 5 years or so. I never had a shark encounter in the 10 years I rode a twin tip exclusively, other than seeing small sand sharks in shallow water sandbars around inlets and the occasional spinner shark jumping out of the water.
Once I started kitefoiling, though, and especially once I got a faster foil, I started hitting sharks all the time, like every third session or so. Our water is murky, and at first I assumed it was just random fish or trash in the water, which it may be sometimes, but on clear days I could see the sharks right before I hit them. They are usually 4-6 foot sharks. I'm not sure of the species, but our waters have lots of blacktips, spinners, and bulls, among others.
In one clear-day session I hit 3 sharks in about an hour. I was able to see them just below the surface but too late to avoid them. Obviously, when I hit them, I would go flying off the foil, and those few seconds collecting myself and trying to locate the board for a quick waterstart were pretty nerve-racking, but, so far, no bites. Touch wood.
I ride a different foil now, a slower one, and it hardly happens at all any more. My best guesses are that (1) they couldn't get out of the way of the faster foil in time to avoid it and/or (2) there was something about the harmonics of of my faster foil that attracted them.
Around here, there's a sure-fire way to tell if a shark is nearby:
Step 1 -- dip your finger in the water
Step 2 -- lick your finger. If it's salty, there are sharks nearby.
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