The rule of thumb is that the further south you go the bigger the risk is for stumbling upon a shark in the surf. But still the odds are pretty low. In comparison more people are dying from a bee-sting or a lightening strike than by shark attacks.
12 Tips to Avoid the Teeth of a Shark:
- Stay close together in the line-up as sharks often attacks lone individuals
- Don’t surf at night, at dusk or at dawn as this is the time when the sharks are most active.
- Don’t surf if you have bleeding wounds, and if you cut yourself alert other surfers and leave the water.
- Don’t wear any bling on your board or your clothes as the sharks might confuse it with fish scales.
- If there is sewage in the water it can attract sharks.
- If there is a lot of fish, there might be sharks as well. Avoid spots with diving birds or other signs of huge amounts of fish.
- If you see a shark, don’t surf. Not even after waiting a beer or two on the beach.
- Don’t wear bright colors as this attracts the sharks. So leave your pink surfboard and wetsuit at home.
- When sitting in the line-up try not to splash around too much as this attracts sharks. Also don’t paddle for position too often – rather go for longer paddles fewer times.
- Pets in the water attract sharks. Get them out of the water or don’t surf.
- If you see a shark don’t try to clap it – get the hell out of the water.
- If you do get attacked by a shark don’t hesitate to fight back. Hit it, kick it and yell at it, many different things can scare off a shark and people can survive a shark attack because of resistance. Try to hit the eyes and the gills (not the nose).