Champion surfer Mick Fanning was unhurt by the shark, but how scary is this video? And what is going on with sharks this year?
This took place during live competition in South Africa. That is a big shark. Yikes.
When the online poker boom hit in 2003, poker fast became one the most popular pastimes – and for a few, full time income generator – in the world. Amateurs and professionals alike rushed online, hoping to make it big in the live tournament scene and be the next Chris Moneymaker.
Moneymaker was the first person to ever win a major tournament after qualifying for the event through an online casino, and his win has since seen millions flock to the game. As Intercasino explains, many choose to go to online casinos, because “playing it online offers players the chance to play the different variants of the game and savor the excitement and fun that each variant provide.” Nowadays there are 60 million poker players in the US alone, and over 100 million worldwide.
Out in the real world, the boom also had a pleasant side effect: it helped shine a spotlight on poker runs. Poker runs are races where the objective isn’t to be the first to cross the finish line. Instead, all participants have to form the best poker hand that they can by using cards they get from stations found along the race course.
Poker runs have become popular fundraising activities in recent years. Most poker runs are held for charity, which ties in perfectly with poker’s newfound status as a charity fundraising tool. Hollywood celebrities and famous athletes are always hosting charity poker tournaments, for example.
“When done properly, they result in a ‘win-win’ situation for the organizers and participants, with large sums being raised for the cause at hand and those participating having a memorable experience that keeps them coming back year after year,” the PokerRun.org site explains.
Originally the domain of motorcycle clubs, other groups eventually came up with their own versions of the fun charity race. Kayakers, paddlers, and rowers call them “poker paddles”. The ethos is the same, though: it’s not a race, so take your time to enjoy the course. After all, poker paddles are more about having a leisurely experience with a group of like-minded individuals than it is a mad dash for the finish line.
One such poker run variant is the Annual SUP Poker Run that takes place in Florida in the summer. It was created “with the sole purpose of raising money to help offset the cost of attending the highly anticipated invitational, which includes bussing, food and housing.” In Illinois, SUP Poker Paddle Runs have been used to raise funds as part of the Leukemia Cup Regatta, a series of events benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
So how does a poker paddle event sound to you? Would you be willing to break out the SUP boards for charity? Not only will it be a great way to raise money and call attention to a benefit or issue, it’s also the perfect excuse to take to the water on a weekend.
This is excerpted from Surfer Today's article "How to survive a shark attack". I've left out all the more commonly known stuff about avoiding dawn/dusk, muddy water, bleeding in the water etc. Particularly to the point is the bit on "If the shark grabs you with its mouth". Are you feelin' me, homeboys?
If something brushes or bumps you underwater
Leave the water straight away to investigate. Minor bites in water are often not felt when they occur, and bleeding into the water can entice a shark back for more.
If you spot a shark
Stay cool, but shout loudly to warn others in the area. Don't antagonize or try to scare the shark away. Leave the water as quickly and unexcitedly as possible.
If you can't leave the water
Be very still and stay quiet. Keep your eyes on the shark as it swims. Sharks often retreat from prey, then circle back to gain speed and strike. Get out of the water as soon as it's safe to do so.
If you are diving and are approached by a shark
As above, stay very still. If you are holding any fish or catches, release them, then swim to safety when possible.
If you are circled or bumped
Circling and bumping mean the shark is either curious or intent on attacking. In either case, you should assume you are in imminent danger and be prepared to defend yourself.
Use anything you are carrying as a weapon, as a last resort utilizing hands and feet. Strike at the sensitive gills and eyes with repeated, short, sharp jabs. Be relentless. Hit as hard as you possibly can until the shark gives up and leaves.
If the shark swims toward you in a zig-zag motion
Back up against something - or someone - solid. Defend yourself as above. Don't give up until the shark does.
If the shark grabs you with its mouth
Be as hostile and vicious as possible. Latch onto the muzzle of the shark with any free limbs to avoid being thrashed. Then claw, kick, elbow, and generally endeavour to injure the eyes and gills. Do not play dead. The shark will simply attempt to swallow its catch.
Get to shore as calmly and quickly as possible, instructing anyone nearby to ring for an ambulance. If you have a bite and are able to apply pressure to the wound, do so right away, while leaving the water, to minimize blood loss.
If you see someone has been bitten
1. Help the victim to shore and keep them warm by wrapping them in the nearest available towel or cloth.
2. Apply pressure directly to wounds with any available cloth or fabric. If blood soaks through, do not remove the original cloth; simply add more as needed. Apply force also to pressure points directly between the injury and the heart. Common pressure points include the groin area, above the elbow, and behind the knee.
3. If pressure points do not slow the bleeding, and medical help is not immediately available, a tourniquet may be the solution. Wrap the wound in a stretchy fabric as tightly as possible, and insert a stick or rigid pole between the bandage and skin. Twist to tighten until blood flow slows considerably or stops. Use this measure only under extreme circumstances, where no other choice is available.
4. Elevate the bleeding limb to a position above the heart; if possible, at least 12 inches.
5. Keep the victim still. If a limb appears disfigured, or broken bones are suspected, leave the limb in place. If possible, pad with soft material, applying ice to the outside of the pad.
6. If shock is suspected, treat appropriately: call 911 or your local emergency number, lay the person down, begin CPR if necessary, and don't let him/her eat or drink anything.
While shark encounters are no doubt on the rise, attacks resulting in death or injury are still exceedingly rare.