RISKY BUSINESS: It's a stunning environment we play in, but it's never risk free.
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OPINION: Shark risk is our own choice

AS I SAID last week it's obviously really sharky in the water right now.

Sadly, since then there was a very nasty incident at Ballina. I sincerely hope the surfer involved recovers well from that horrific encounter.

The reality is however, that sharks are always around. Although at times their activity increases more so than others. This appears to be one of those times.

For me, I usually tend to not worry too much about sharks. Although I do choose to be realistic about their behaviour. After all, we're dealing with an apex predator in their natural environment.

When we get times like this when they seem to be extremely active in our region, then I choose to be aware and give them some room for a few days to do their thing and move on, which eventually they will.

There's been much ranting in the media this week about what to do about the sharks.

The bottom line here is this: whatever any of us deem to be an acceptable level of risk with sharks is actually a highly personal thing. We either make a choice to put ourselves in their environment, or we don't.

When we do so, the risk we take as surfers is our own choice. We need to accept that sharks are at times highly unpredictable creatures.

Stay safe, wait your turn, and surf today like you want to surf again tomorrow.


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