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Do Foils Deter Shark Attacks?

 
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flipper

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PostTue Aug 06, 19 4:26 pm    Do Foils Deter Shark Attacks? Reply with quote

I know this is a stupid question; but it seems to me that a shark would be tempted to attack the foil before it bit me??? I have a theory that I would be a little safer surfing on the Oregon coast with a foil.

What do you guys think?

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Venturedsome

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PostTue Aug 06, 19 4:36 pm     Reply with quote

I spent a week foiling in Florida in the Ft. Walton/Destin area. We watched sharks under our foils that didn't even flinch as we went over them.
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PostTue Aug 06, 19 4:45 pm     Reply with quote

Venturedsome wrote:
I spent a week foiling in Florida in the Ft. Walton/Destin area. We watched sharks under our foils that didn't even flinch as we went over them.


So arrogant

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Justsmile

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PostTue Aug 06, 19 5:15 pm     Reply with quote

Shark be like. Shit here comes another sail boat but not as big. Next lap I will get him !!Smile
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wylieflyote

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PostTue Aug 06, 19 5:25 pm     Reply with quote

If you purposely ding up the trailing edge and make that extremely annoying whistle, wouldn't that drive anything away?
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Venturedsome

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PostTue Aug 06, 19 6:15 pm     Reply with quote

Remember those ultra sonic deer whistles for vehicles??

http://www.sharkstopper.com

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Nak

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PostWed Aug 07, 19 9:38 am     Reply with quote

There was talk in Kailua a couple of months ago about a shark attack on a foil. Not the foiler, the foil. Guy was riding and a shark bit the wing. I didn't see it myself, but spoke to people who saw the wing with the shark bite...

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flipper

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PostWed Aug 07, 19 8:19 pm     Reply with quote

Nak wrote:
There was talk in Kailua a couple of months ago about a shark attack on a foil. Not the foiler, the foil. Guy was riding and a shark bit the wing. I didn't see it myself, but spoke to people who saw the wing with the shark bite...


YEAH! That was a story I was hoping to hear. It just seems like if I were a shark, I'd definitely bite the wing before I bit the soft meat on top.

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Nak

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PostThu Aug 08, 19 11:15 am     Reply with quote

It was a 633 wing. The theory was--and it was just an amatuer theory--that the delta wing shape looked like a ray, a natural food source for a shark. Anyways, the story went that the shark swam around for a bit while the guy kept the foil between him and the shark. If it had me, I would have had to replace my board shorts afterwards...

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Gman

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PostThu Aug 08, 19 12:32 pm     Reply with quote

just to add to your apprehension

sharks are extremely curious about splashing - when i fell off the foil in the south pacific i could see the sharks come racing in to check me out (normally this wouldn't worry me too much but i watched them up close and personal dismantle a 50lb fish i had speared the day before - quite horrific and fast)

so if you fall - dont splash and definitely dont injure yourself - they really like twitching meat, maybe more than blood

also on a side note - dont use single use plastic water bottles - sharks hate them

my buddy Josh figured out if you squeeze a plastic water bottle underwater - it makes the same sound as a sharks teeth crunching a parrot fish (if you spend all day in the water, you learn shit) we could summon the shark army with this trick - supercool

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PostThu Aug 08, 19 8:39 pm     Reply with quote

Sharks do not like stupid ass shit either. That's why the ignore foils. If you hit the water with a kite wing though... it over.
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PostThu Aug 08, 19 9:33 pm     Reply with quote

pdxmonkeyboy wrote:
Sharks do not like stupid ass shit either. That's why the ignore foils. If you hit the water with a kite wing though... it over.


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west

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PostTue Aug 13, 19 2:26 am     Reply with quote

Flipper, if you’re even thinking bout that shiz, you’re breaking the first rule of ocean safety....”you are where you’re at”!!!!!

Your cosmic vibration reverberates quite loudly in saltwater, so leave “it” on the beach or just stay on the beach and let your mind wander.....

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