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Video: These Sharks Hanging With Surfers Is Scary Cool

Last week, SURFER published Brad Mommsen’s aerial video of sharks swimming beneath a group of surfers in Durban, South Africa – seemingly unbeknownst to the riders, among whom was Jordy Smith. 

"As I changed my drone’s camera angle to face directly below it, the glare from the reflection of the sun went away and I got to see right through the water. The first shark sighting was like 'whoa’ and then I saw there were actually five different sharks all swimming around together. That was pretty gnarly,” Mommsen told SURFER in an interview.

The footage certainly makes my heart race, but all seems chill. As you watch, the sharks are doing their own thing. They’re perhaps inquisitive, but not threatening. Mommsen said to SURFER, “I've seen sharks here a lot. We all know they're there. It's like saying you're never going to step into nature because there are wild animals there.”

In that sense, this video is still terrifying, but also kinda beautiful.  

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A Great White Nibble Leaves Surfer with 50-Stitches and a Story
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2018 was a sharky year and 2019 is shaping up to be no different. At around 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, 19-year-old Nick Wapner was surfing Sandspit Beach along California’s central coast when he felt a strong pressure around his legs. He looked back as his board was being driven out of the water to see the mouth of a great white shark closing around his ankles. He later said the head of the estimated 15-foot long shark was around three to four feet with massive jaws and beady black eyes.

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Jan. 9th, 2019: Huge Swell Hits L.A. County
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Last Wednesday, Jan. 9th, 2019, a massive swell hit Southern California.  The region's top surfers were ready to take full advantage, as evidenced in the above video.  Surfers including Matt Mohagen, Nic Lamb, Tito Bourget and Patrick Miller were out in force to ride the large and uncommonly well-formed barrels which rolled in.   The all-time swell was due to a low-pressure system off the coast of Southern California.  magicseaweed.com graphic.   Related: A Great White Nibble Leaves

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“Sessions: A Left” Is a Beautiful Short of Surfing Across The Pond
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People love Ireland because you can hide your alcoholism under the guise of travel and heritage. But now a new breed of tourists are flocking to the land of Guinness and Whisky, a salty band of travelers who prey on western winds and mid-winter swells, and pounce on cheap off-season airfare. If I had a dollar for every person who told me about their surf trip to Ireland I’d have three dollars and still be flat broke. Really though, it does seem like Ireland is the place to go and surf if you