Ever surfed or swam next to a fishing pier? Surfers do it all the time. Fishermen hate it. One way, I guess, to deal with surfers getting in the way of fishing, is to chum the water and wait. That's what happened to us on a sunny, choppy day and, in many ways, it has lead us here today.
I had ridden a wave in to about half way to shore and turned to paddle back out. Normal day. I came over the back of a breaking wave and I see Doug, and I see the panic on his face. Doug is so scared he can't get the word, shark, out of his mouth. I kept paddling because I didn't understand what was going on, until, 20 feet behind Doug, I see the problem. Now, when you see a fin you pause, trying to determine if it has a flat edge or if it is curved. Curved fins are good news, dolphins. Straight fins, not so much and, sure enough, the fin was straight and even worse, its not small and has a black tip and that black tip is turning and following Doug. Good news is, all I have to do is beat Doug to shore, and I have a good head start.
Paddling towards shore is much harder than paddling out, and when a shark wants to know what you are, it seems like your paddling on a treadmill. Shore is safety, so I turn and and start digging towards shore. Now, Doug is in worse shape because the shark is actually following him and he is 20 or more feet behind me. After what seemed like 30 minutes, I figure I am in waist deep water, so I hop off the board and start "running". This is slightly faster than paddling in place, but very inefficient. By the time I reach the safety of sand, I am wasted and collapse. I yell for Doug and look back to where he was and he has finally made it to waist deep water and is "running" just as I did. The shark is nowhere to be seen, so I figure Doug is about to lose a leg. So I get up and start heading towards him. That's when I see just how big that shark is. Sitting about 20 yards from shore is a Pelican, which is strange considering sea animals generally know when a predator is around, so they aren't. But, there he is. And then he wasn't. There was an explosion of water and flapping wings and that huge Pelican was off in about a half second. That's when I saw a large section of that sharks head. Like I thought, not small.
Needless to say, we sat on that beach in stunned silence, letting our tears turn to fearful laughter for about thirty minutes, headed down the beach, away from the pier, and paddled back out.
Turtle Cove is us paddling back out. We wanted to represent the joy and laughter we have experienced together over the last 30 years, in our designs, and share them with you. So, welcome to our Grand Opening. In honor of that shark, we want to share the joy of escape with you by offering 50% off your order through November 15 (Use Code FIFTYFIFTY).
Keep paddling back out!
Doug & Mike