As the spring season approaches, some beach goers are beginning to wonder if this season will bring about as many shark encounters as we’ve seen in the recent past. From black and white color schemed boards and suits to electronic deterrent devices, there are legitimate worries that entrepreneurs and scientist alike are trying to put to rest. The reality is, if your livelihood or passion involves the ocean, there will always be things to worry about from larger predators, to pollution, to public beach access. All coastal habitants see the same issues as some point. This surf ski paddler had his run in with a larger predator just a month ago. Locals here in Topsail Beach North Carolina are dealing with public beach access issues. All of us deal with ocean pollution issues…there is no question about that. From the barrels of Indo to the intercostal waterways here in Wrightsville Beach, there is evidence.
While we at Ian Balding Paddle & Surf can’t offer shark repellant resin swirls(we only offer crowd repellant resin swirls…FACT: when riding a new custom Ian Balding surf or paddle board you will form an impenetrable personal bubble with a radius of at least 12 feet. DISCLAIMER: actual results vary with level of rider intensity) or the solve all answer to ocean pollution, but we can offer you our 2 cents on the matters.
1) When entering the natural habitat of larger organisms, BE AWARE. You should always be aware of the season, time of day, water conditions, tides, and air smell. Yes air smell. If it smells really fishy, you may want to keep your toes out of the water…schools of bait fish may be near by. Always respect the fact that you are a small person swimming in a huge ocean…you can only control how you react to what the ocean throws at you.
2) Leave your beach or waterway cleaner than when you found it. You may not litter but we promise you that a friend of yours has at some point in their life. Be a good friend and look out for your peers.