Surfers have an interesting relationship with sharks. While most of the world portrays these predators as ruthless killers, some surfers are able to see them as captivating creatures that are simply misunderstood. Each year in June, South Africa’s ocean swells to it’s peak becoming an ideal destination for surfers everywhere, but it is also a known home to many species of sharks. The swarm of predators have the locals living in fear because of the growing stigma that all sharks are out to kill.
In South Africa between Durban and JBay lies approx 1000 km of untamed topographical and oceanic paradise, in the middle is the Wild Coast. For local surfers Lungani Memani, Andrew Lange and Avuyile Ndamase, it’s their home. Every year in June, the sardine run and big ocean swells bring together a huge marine bio-diversity, including many species of sharks.
Australian filmmaker, Julian Watson, set out on a mission to break this vicious stereotype by showing actual surfer-shark interactions in South Africa. Soletrader and Wavescape present “Surfing and Sharks: A Film About Facing Fear in South African Waves.” An inspiring documentary, the film follows pro surfers Lungani Memani and Andrew Lange as they uncover the secrets that surround the shark stigma.
For ways to get involved and keep up on the film, check out their official website at: surfingandsharks.com.