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notorious
08-11-2010, 09:19 PM
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 3:28pm PDT
California surfer films great white sharks circling his boardBy: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com
The last thing most surfers would want to see is a great white shark circling their board. But when two of the notorious apex predators began swimming around Chuck Patterson earlier this week off San Onofre in northern San Diego County, he saw opportunity.

Patterson, 41, who lives in nearby Dana Point, paddled out at the same spot the next day with a high-definition camera mounted on a 10-foot pole, and used the apparatus to probe the murky green water around his board. The result is the accompanying video, which shows what presumably are the same two sharks: an estimated nine-footer and a seven-footer, milling beneath him as he paddled.

The larger shark showed up first, and slapped Patterson's board with its tail before swimming off. The smaller shark circled his board for 12 minutes.

Such an encounter might make an ordinary surfer want to sprint atop water to the nearest dry land. But Patterson, a champion paddler and all-around waterman, is comfortable in the knowledge that Southern California is seasonal nursery ground for juvenile great whites, which are fairly abundant this summer and prey mostly on small fishes and other sharks.

Still, it required steely resolve to venture back out and stand once more above two of creatures capable of inflicting deadly wounds, and to do so with a steady hand.

http://www.grindtv.com/surf/blog/19715/california+surfer+films+great+white+sharks+circling+his+board/

WV
08-11-2010, 09:23 PM
Nice find! I love Great Whites and it's on my "bucket list" to go to New Zealand and dive with them in a cage or lexan tube.

notorious
08-11-2010, 09:39 PM
Nice find! I love Great Whites and it's on my "bucket list" to go to New Zealand and dive with them in a cage or lexan tube.

My brother and I were set to go to Australia and cage dive with the Great Whites a few years ago.



Marriage and kids have held us back. Maybe when we are old geezers we can give it another shot.

T-post Tom
08-11-2010, 09:44 PM
Excellent:

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blaise
08-11-2010, 11:05 PM
Jeez, no thanks.

KevB
08-12-2010, 12:13 AM
Jeez, no thanks.

That's an understatement. I'll raise it up a notch : No F'ing Way

DaneMcCloud
08-12-2010, 12:26 AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 3:28pm PDT
California surfer films great white sharks circling his boardBy: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com
The last thing most surfers would want to see is a great white shark circling their board. But when two of the notorious apex predators began swimming around Chuck Patterson earlier this week off San Onofre in northern San Diego County, he saw opportunity.

Patterson, 41, who lives in nearby Dana Point, paddled out at the same spot the next day with a high-definition camera mounted on a 10-foot pole, and used the apparatus to probe the murky green water around his board. The result is the accompanying video, which shows what presumably are the same two sharks: an estimated nine-footer and a seven-footer, milling beneath him as he paddled.

The larger shark showed up first, and slapped Patterson's board with its tail before swimming off. The smaller shark circled his board for 12 minutes.

Such an encounter might make an ordinary surfer want to sprint atop water to the nearest dry land. But Patterson, a champion paddler and all-around waterman, is comfortable in the knowledge that Southern California is seasonal nursery ground for juvenile great whites, which are fairly abundant this summer and prey mostly on small fishes and other sharks.

Still, it required steely resolve to venture back out and stand once more above two of creatures capable of inflicting deadly wounds, and to do so with a steady hand.

http://www.grindtv.com/surf/blog/19715/california+surfer+films+great+white+sharks+circling+his+board/

Fucking balls the size of church bells.

I've been an avid student of great whites since junior high and I can tell you in a heartbeat, I never want to see one face to face as long as I may live.

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever.

Of course, that's the way I expect to die: In the mouth of a Great White.

But I can't get over that fear. Maybe it'll be better when a 23 footer is plunging towards the ocean floor with me in her mouth.

Eh, not so much.

Ugly Duck
08-12-2010, 12:28 AM
We were surfing a relatively unknown break called Tuba Mancho at Drakes Bay, Ca & this small plane kept dive-bombing us. When we came in, a ranger drove up & said the plane called him on the radio to say there were large sharks swimming around our boards & following us in when we rode a wave. (Its notorious Great White territory there). We never saw a thing, but didn't surf there any more - guess we don't have balls of steel like that photographer does....

CaliforniaChief
08-12-2010, 01:04 AM
Tiny. Mouse. Brain.

notorious
08-12-2010, 05:55 AM
Tiny. Mouse. Brain.

LMAO

notorious
08-12-2010, 05:58 AM
****ing balls the size of church bells.

I've been an avid student of great whites since junior high and I can tell you in a heartbeat, I never want to see one face to face as long as I may live.

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever.

Of course, that's the way I expect to die: In the mouth of a Great White.

But I can't get over that fear. Maybe it'll be better when a 23 footer is plunging towards the ocean floor with me in her mouth.

Eh, not so much.

I love sharks and have a passion for learning everything about them, but the primal fear instilled in me is pretty strong.

There is something about a huge animal with gigantic, sharp teeth that I can't see swimming around me that projects the fear of God.

JD10367
08-12-2010, 06:05 AM
There's been some great footage on cable TV the past week or two with "Shark Week". I don't know if they're repeating any of it, but try to catch some on your DVRs.

My wife went diving off the north shore of Oahu in a cage, but those were small sharks and not great whites. She also wants to go to Australia or South Africa to dive with great whites and observe the "flying sharks" that jump out of the water when grabbing dinner.

Bwana
08-12-2010, 06:12 AM
There is a fine line between a big set and lack of brain cells.

JD10367
08-12-2010, 06:37 AM
There is a fine line between a big set and lack of brain cells.

Depends on what you're willing to risk. Much like skydivers who know one outcome is hitting the ground at terminal velocity, I have no problems with surfers who go into the water fully knowing what might happen. There are people who get attacked but still surf and don't hold it against sharks; that's as it should be. They're just doing what God intended, and you ARE swimming in their food bowl. Stupidity is when people don't know the consequences and do it anyway.

I plan on doing all the crazy shit (like skydiving and shark-diving) when I'm 90. I figure, at that point, the reward is certainly worth the risk, LOL.

Hog Farmer
08-12-2010, 06:51 AM
Depends on what you're willing to risk. Much like skydivers who know one outcome is hitting the ground at terminal velocity, I have no problems with surfers who go into the water fully knowing what might happen. There are people who get attacked but still surf and don't hold it against sharks; that's as it should be. They're just doing what God intended, and you ARE swimming in their food bowl. Stupidity is when people don't know the consequences and do it anyway.

I plan on doing all the crazy shit (like skydiving and shark-diving) when I'm 90. I figure, at that point, the reward is certainly worth the risk, LOL.

Just do it before you have alzheimers and forget to pull the rip cird.

Bwana
08-12-2010, 06:51 AM
Depends on what you're willing to risk. Much like skydivers who know one outcome is hitting the ground at terminal velocity, I have no problems with surfers who go into the water fully knowing what might happen. There are people who get attacked but still surf and don't hold it against sharks; that's as it should be. They're just doing what God intended, and you ARE swimming in their food bowl. Stupidity is when people don't know the consequences and do it anyway.

I plan on doing all the crazy shit (like skydiving and shark-diving) when I'm 90. I figure, at that point, the reward is certainly worth the risk, LOL.

I have 26 skydiving jumps, but you wouldn't catch me doing what that dude is doing. Skydiving is a lot more predictable than a shark swimming around your nut sack.

Frazod
08-12-2010, 07:02 AM
Gah! Reminds me of the nightmares used to have after I saw Jaws in the theater when I was 10.

Damn you Spielberg! :cuss:

Groves
08-12-2010, 09:03 AM
I didn't know MOhillbilly was on a west coast vacation. Huh.

thecoffeeguy
08-12-2010, 09:31 AM
Christ.

Where this guy was surfing, is 30 minutes north of where I live and go to the beach!! :eek::eek:

I know exactly where this place is as I have surfed there many times. No more!

We have had a very unusual summer, with it being very cool. The water temperature has yet to break 70 from what I have read. Colder water, more great whites!

Iowanian
08-12-2010, 10:25 AM
The video is taken from a kayak isn't it? It still takes balls, but it's not quite like they're sitting in the water like a crappie jig.

Goldmember
08-12-2010, 10:34 AM
I think it would be a kick to cage dive with sharks but the operators that do these dives throw chum in the water to attract the sharks. The more this goes on, the more the sharks associate humans with food. People=food/shark=yum yum

58-4ever
08-12-2010, 10:39 AM
The video is taken from a kayak isn't it? It still takes balls, but it's not quite like they're sitting in the water like a crappie jig.

That or one of those really wide boards that you use a paddle with.

Iowanian
08-12-2010, 10:40 AM
Either way, I don't really like swimming in dirty water with gar and turtles, let alone chumming shark water with my man scent.

Detoxing
08-12-2010, 10:43 AM
Christ.

Where this guy was surfing, is 30 minutes north of where I live and go to the beach!! :eek::eek:

I know exactly where this place is as I have surfed there many times. No more!

We have had a very unusual summer, with it being very cool. The water temperature has yet to break 70 from what I have read. Colder water, more great whites!

i thought it was warmer water=More great whites, no?

I grew up in Oceanside, which is what, 20 minutes at the most from there? I'll always remember walking on the pier and looking at all the pictures of people who were catching sharks in those waters.

Always thought to myself, "fuck that"

Goldmember
08-12-2010, 10:47 AM
There is a fine line between a big set and lack of brain cells.

Quint (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001727/): [seeing Hooper's equipment] What are you? Some kind of half-assed astronaut?
[examining the shark cage]
Quint (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001727/): Jesus H Christ, when I was a boy, every little squirt wanted to be a harpooner or a sword fisherman. What d'ya have there - a portable shower or a monkey cage?
Hooper (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000377/): Anti-Shark cage.
Quint (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001727/): Anti-shark cage. You go inside the cage?
[Hooper nods]
Quint (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001727/): Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark.
[sings]
Quint (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001727/): Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain. For we've received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so nevermore shall we see you again.

The Poz
08-12-2010, 10:52 AM
Definitely would have shit my speedos the first time out.

thecoffeeguy
08-12-2010, 11:28 AM
i thought it was warmer water=More great whites, no?

I grew up in Oceanside, which is what, 20 minutes at the most from there? I'll always remember walking on the pier and looking at all the pictures of people who were catching sharks in those waters.

Always thought to myself, "**** that"

I think (will have to double check), great whites prefer colder water.
I remember when i lived in Puerto Rico for a few years, they said Great Whites dont swim in these waters because the water is to warm.

SDChiefs
08-12-2010, 11:38 AM
i thought it was warmer water=More great whites, no?

I grew up in Oceanside, which is what, 20 minutes at the most from there? I'll always remember walking on the pier and looking at all the pictures of people who were catching sharks in those waters.

Always thought to myself, "**** that"

Really? I grew up going to the pier and I have never once seen a shark in San Diego County. There is very low danger of sharks there. I think there has only been 3 or 4 recorded shark attacks in the history books.

SDChiefs
08-12-2010, 11:41 AM
I think (will have to double check), great whites prefer colder water.
I remember when i lived in Puerto Rico for a few years, they said Great Whites dont swim in these waters because the water is to warm.

Youre right. They usually stay in waters between 54-75 degrees.

MOhillbilly
08-12-2010, 11:41 AM
Gah! Reminds me of the nightmares used to have after I saw Jaws in the theater when I was 10.

Damn you Spielberg! :cuss:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nrvMNf-HEg&feature=related

Bowser
08-12-2010, 11:55 AM
Excellent:

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Hahahahahahaha!!!

No

Demonpenz
08-12-2010, 12:30 PM
Once bitten twice shy

Lzen
08-12-2010, 01:10 PM
Once bitten twice shy

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41W2S1DDQAL._SS500_.jpg

:rockon:

beach tribe
08-12-2010, 01:29 PM
I have 26 skydiving jumps, but you wouldn't catch me doing what that dude is doing. Skydiving is a lot more predictable than a shark swimming around your nut sack.

Exactly. It is not comparable AT ALL.
A parachute is a simple mechanism, that if packed correctly, WILL deploy.
A Great white is one of the most ferocious killers on earth, and this dude is swimming in their food bowl. He is, in fact, an idiot for doing this, and he's lucky this didn't happen.

thecoffeeguy
08-12-2010, 02:45 PM
Exactly. It is not comparable AT ALL.
A parachute is a simple mechanism, that if packed correctly, WILL deploy.
A Great white is one of the most ferocious killers on earth, and this dude is swimming in their food bowl. He is, in fact, an idiot for doing this, and he's lucky this didn't happen.

that guy dead in that photo? :eek:

notorious
08-12-2010, 02:45 PM
that guy dead in that photo? :eek:

Well, he certainly isn't going to get a leg up in life anymore.

Renegade
08-12-2010, 02:49 PM
Even Chuck Norris thinks this is messed up.

Iowanian
08-12-2010, 02:50 PM
When Chuck Norris swims in the Ocean, the sharks become vegetarian.

MOhillbilly
08-12-2010, 02:54 PM
after some thought imo it would be kinda cool to do that.

SDChiefs
08-12-2010, 04:40 PM
When MO swims in the ocean the sharks kill themselves to save him the hassle.

SDChiefs
08-12-2010, 04:52 PM
http://surftherenow.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/flying_shark_cartoon.jpg