Monday, July 07, 2008

S.H.A.R.K. Attack!

18 comments:

Lano said...

Ouch! No harm done I hope!

Fernando said...

Hhahaha, awesome, perfeito! Fantastic, fella!

Anonymous said...

HI GP,
JUST IN CASE you don't know it yet,
the PWA in Pozo is broadcasted live in video!
It's fun to watch.
You were asking for it!
Marcos

cammar said...

No, no harm done fortunately... but it could have been!

Marcos, I didn't find any sign of live broadcast on the pwa site... are you sure?

Anonymous said...

pozo has a web cam www.cutre.com

meesh said...

I thought it was going to be you hunting in the water and attacking a random Brazillian ass.

Hessel said...

This was a dangerous Japanese woman trying SUP, beware! Everybody is warned, there will try and kill...

Anonymous said...

GP:
go to pozo-izquierdo.com. The click on 'LIVE'
the official site of the championship.
I don't know why they don't advertize it in the PWA site. I like to have both the video and the live ticket to be sure which are the riders in the heats.
Cheers!
Marcos

Brian said...

Sheesh, it's hard to tell where that board came from. Looks like it had to jump over the white water to get to you???

cammar said...

Meesh, I'll make sure to film one of those too...
BTW, great post about that crazy hike on yours & Ulli's blog

Marcos, didn't find the Live button (maybe because the competition was off when I checked???). But if you have to check the ticker to know who is who, it sounds like you're watching the combination of a live webcam and the PWA live ticker.
That's better than nothing, but it's not even comparable to a live webcast.
Check billabongpro.com July 10-20 to understand what I'm talking about... those guys are way more advanced (and way richer...).

Brian, the standupper was paddling out in front of me. I made a judjment mistake thinking that she could handle going over the wave I was on and decided to keep my line (the next section was lining up real sweet) and went too close to her... oviously she fell and her board got caught by the wave and thrown at me.
Our leashes got tangled and we had to go over two more waves on the head in that embarassing/dangerous situation.
As Hessel said, she was Japanese, didn't understand a thing of what I told her, didn't apologize, didn't move anywhere else after the accident.
Shocking behavior against all the basic rules of the etiquette. She (and her friends) were completely unaware of the danger they were posing to all other surfers.
Where did they get their boards?
A surf shop, of course.
ALL SURF SHOP NEED TO GIVE ETIQUETTE RULES TO ALL SURFBOARD RENTERS!
Yeah right...

Anonymous said...

Hi GP,

what about real shark attacks in Maui ? Any recent reports? Always wondered
how easy is to come across the predator in Hawaii....

Sharon said...

In the UK until you have a driving license, you have to put a big ‘L’ on your car clueing everyone in that you’re a learner. After seeing this vid, it makes me think SUP should do the same!

cammar said...

Anon, after having seen the movie sharkwater, my answer can only be: no, unfortunately sharks haven't killed any humans in Hawaii lately...

Sharon, good idea. In my case, the lady should have had a big 'K'.

Anonymous said...

GP,

There seem to be standup paddlers everywhere these days. Do find that they are less informed than people riding traditional boards? Just wondering about your perspective from Maui.

Jon

cammar said...

Jon,
paddling on a SUP board is WAY easier than on a regular board. Everyone can do it (as long as the board is big enough) after a few minutes of practice.
Most of the new standuppers in the lineups are people completely new to the sport, because they were too unfit or not enough willing to do the hard work of learning regular surfing.
They have no idea of the surfing etiquette.
It's a dreadful thing and it's going to get worse...

Anonymous said...

GP,

I agree about the SUP. Hopefully, it will be somewhat of a fad.

Jon

P.S. That looked pretty darn nice in Oahu.

Ponobill said...

Wow, that reminds me of a similar situation at thousand peaks, but I was on a SUP board too. Three Japanese folks, two girls and a guy, paddling straight out through the sweet spot, again and again. I nearly mowed them down several times and they were flinging boards everywhere.

I tried to show them where to paddle in the channel, but they were dogged about going right up the middle. I had to move or hurt someone.

I don't think SUP is going to be quite as big as everyone claimed, but it's not going away. Fortunately beginners get better.

Maybe we can get the surf shops to pay more attention to teaching renters (and buyers) a little etiquette. I've heard the surf school instructors doing it for longboard lessons. Nobody seems to be teaching SUP to any degree. Too bad, the boards are definitely more dangerous and with the usual ten foot leash can smack the heck out of you twenty or more feet away from the rider.

shark leash said...

I have to disagree with Cammar. I know plenty of surfers who SUP and even the older guys who are not young and rubbery enough to surf who cammar is claiming "have no surfing etiquette" are typically very receptive to feedback. Sure you may get snaked once or twice but after you let them know whats what in a nice and friendly tone, everything is mellow the rest of the sesh. All in all I think a good attitude is what makes the difference in this situation. Positive vibes cammar, positive vibes! Treat others the way you want to be treated.