During my sophomore year in college when I first started surfing, the one thing that always sat in the back of my mind was thought of sharks. Nothing intimidated me more than visualizing that ominous dark figure swimming around below me. A friend had told me about some research he came across supporting the idea that contrasting patterns could be used to deter sharks. The idea is that the contrasting pattern, like those on the pilot fish and lion fish, lets the shark know that you’re not an item of prey.
I recently decided to create a vinyl decal for my surfboard based on this research. My question for you guys is would you consider putting one on your board? Would you be willing to pay $50 for a body board sized decal, $65 for shortboard, and $80 for longboard? The link below has a picture of the decal on a lineup of boards.