The dangers of surfing are often apparent from the thunderous roar of a 15 ft wave crashing down, but underneath the water can be a danger much more ominous. While relatively rare, shark attacks remain on the mind of surfers throughout the world (we partly have Shark Week to thank for that). Thankfully, Modom has developed the hottest new product on the surfing market to help deter these attacks: the shark leash.
Cultivated over a 10 year period by marine biologists and chemists, the shark leash repels sharks by creating an electromagnetic field around the surfer. As sharks have a high electrical sense, the electromagnetic field causes an unpleasant sensation that turns nosey sharks away. While the leash would not be able to repel a great white shark hell-bent on destruction, it can discourage sharks from thinking they have found a tasty treat.
With tech using magnets instead of batteries or electrical wiring, the product has had promising test results on bull sharks. But with its success rate still questionable it can, at the very least, give surfers some peace of mind on the water. The best part is it weighs less than 100 grams (.22 lbs) so it won’t inconvenience the surfers who use the product.
With people in the surfing community such as Kelly Slater and Kieran Perrow sporting the device, you will undoubtedly see more shark leashes on the waves in the coming months.