Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Why I will never take up Kite-Surfing: If the winds die down, you’re shark bait!

That’s it.

A few years ago, when my wife and I were in Kauai on vacation, we considered Kite- Surfing. It was fun watching those guys glide across the water.

I can’t remember why we didn’t try it, but afterwards I put the activity down on my bucket list. Well folks, it just came off my bucket list after reading this:

“A kite-surfer who became stranded during an attempt to cross the Red Sea fought off sharks and endured excruciating thirst, according to Reuters and Polish media. 

Janek Lisewski, 42, a kite-surfing champion from Poland, was two-thirds of the way through a 124-mile trip between Egypt and Saudi Arabia when the wind died down and deflated his kite. He survived by drinking energy drinks and two energy bars. He used a knife to fend off sharks.

He sent an SOS signal but it took nearly 40 hours for the Saudi Arabian coast guard to find him. "I was stabbing them in the eyes, the nose and gills," Lisewski told Polish state news agency PAP.”

Apparently Kite-Surfers and sharks have been meeting up for some time now. Probably about the time the sport began. Here’s two stories from last year:


Sharks Kill Kite-Surfer in FloridaNewser 2/4/10

Stuart man, 38, identified as kite surfer killed by sharks off Stuart Beach – Palm Beach Post 2/4/10

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