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    Sharkbanz named GEAR OF YEAR 2019 by Men's Journal

    Sharkbanz named GEAR OF YEAR 2019 by Men's Journal

    We're proud to be included in this year's 'Gear of the Year' by Men's Journal - one of our favorites for a cross-section of health, fitness, gear, and travel. It sounds like how we view Sharkbanz!

    "It bolted out of the area". Great White Testimonial - Seaside, Oregon

    Our team recently received the following email testimonial from one of our dedicated customers based in Portland, OR. 

    We're thankful we were able to help Michael stay safe that day and remain active in the waters off Oregon's epic Pacific coastline. 

    Our other Great White customer testimonials can be found on our Reviews page. 

    The following report was unsolicited. 

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    "My girlfriend purchased my first [Sharkbanz] as a gift prior to a January surf trip in Kauai. The three breaks we surfed were known to be sharky. No encounter.

    We returned to Oregon and two weeks later one of my bros was attacked in Pacific City [OR] by a [Great] White. It grabbed his board from behind and pulled him under. He fought it off without any injury. He was not wearing a Sharkbanz!

    Three weeks later on a Wednesday, I had an encounter at Seaside while surfing the cove. It was about 10:30AM and stormy, though we were in a sun spot. I ate it on a big set and spent several minutes getting spin cycled.

    When I got a break, I turned toward my board to retrieve it and a large dark dorsal fin broke water between me and my board bearing down on me. I moved my paddle to block the attack when the shark made a violent hard left and bolted out of the area. The pull was so great from the turn it dragged me behind for a second.

    The dorsal on this thing was much taller than my head on the surface and the front of it looked like a VW Beetle. I pulled my board in (12’ leash) and beat it to shore wondering how am I going to tell my bro who was hundreds of yards away riding at the point. I stood trembling and tense sharing my experience with an old timer....who replied: “Yup, this is a sharky area”.

    My drive home was tense and when my adrenaline finally quit I hit the wall. I wore a Sharkbanz on my right wrist and left ankle. Thank God. I’ve heard that as a surfer you’re bound to have an encounter in your lifetime. I hope I’ve checked that box!"

    - Michael S. (Portland, OR)

    Proud to Partner with Warrior Surf Foundation (CNN Heroes)

    Proud to Partner with Warrior Surf Foundation (CNN Heroes)

    Sharkbanz, the company dedicated to keeping ocean enthusiasts safe from sharks, has teamed up with the Warrior Surf Foundation whose mission is to “enhance the psychological and physical well-being of Veterans, active duty service members, and their families through the experience of surfing.”

    Named as one of CNN’s “Heroes” last year, Warrior Surf Foundation provides FREE surf instruction to Veterans with psychological and/or physical disabilities including, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, mood or anxiety disorders, Spinal Cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, and physical amputation.

    According to the Warrior Surf Foundation website, the ocean can be used as a healing remedy to counteract the unfortunate effects of war. Their program helps to break the cycle of trauma, so the body and brain can worth through residual feelings of discomfort and distress.

    Sharkbanz hopes that their effective and innovative product that is designed to deter predatory sharks will provide safety and peace of mind to the veterans involved in the Warrior Surf program. Sharkbanz not only provides their product for use at all Warrior Surf Camps but will also donate $1 of every Sharkbanz’ new Midnight Bimini model (pre-sale available Oct. 17) sold to support the program. 

    Using patented magnetic technology that has been researched and tested by marine biologists on predatory shark species for over a decade, Sharkbanz takes advantage of a shark’s unique and powerful electrical sense (electroreception) to cause a highly unpleasant sensation that turns them away. 

    Both Sharkbanz and Warrior Surf were founded in Charleston, SC. Sharkbanz are perfect for addressing Southeast Atlantic hit-and-run shark bites and fears. 

    “Sharkbanz increases our ability to minimize potential risks inherent to the sport of surfing. We are always looking for ways to enhance safety for our participants and the Warrior Surf Community.  I know from my own journey that minimizing risks improves participation, enabling surfers to experience the full healing power of the ocean,” explains Andy Manzi, Executive Director or Warrior Surf Foundation. “When our Veterans served we provided them with every possible safety measure, it just makes sense to continue to provide protection for those who risked everything for our country.” 

    Sharkbankz’ is proud to support Warrior Surf Foundation and all involved in the military. A recent testimonial for the product indicated that Sharkbanz provided comfort to a Navy wife while her husband was overseas:

    “I can't thank Sharkbanz enough! My husband recently went on deployment to god knows where, and in his deployment informed me that the Sharkbanz he'd used saved his life. As a navy wife one of my many fears was always him being stuck in shark-infested waters, but sending him this in a care package put my mind and subconscious at immediate ease. Thank you Sharkbanz for help in securing a safe arrival home for my better half!” 

    Sharkbanz founder Nathan Garrison is humbled by the courage and tenacity of the veterans in the Warrior Surf program and all military soldiers and their families. He hopes that his product can provide some safety and peace of mind that these heroes need to heal. 

    “I’m so proud of Andy for creating WSF because it proves that surfing really is much more than just a pastime. Their organization illuminates the healing power of the ocean with tangible results. You can see real, transformational change through the community they’re creating on the beach and in the water, and that provides life-changing solutions to veterans who’ve been searching for answers. As a kid, I learned to surf on these same beaches in Charleston, SC and aside from family, surfing’s been the most positive influence in my life. I’m thrilled to know these veterans will receive that gift through WSF.” – Nathan Garrison

    Sharkbanz Releases New Testing Data and Video Footage

    Sharkbanz Releases New Testing Data and Video Footage

    CHARLESTON, S.C., June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharkbanz (Mano LLC), the affordable, wearable shark deterrent has released new testing data and video footage demonstrating the effectiveness of the band in deterring Bull Sharks - the greatest shark threat to beachgoers globally. The Sharkbanz team performed this video documented test in the Bahamas using a baited dummy amongst 5-15 Bull Sharks to create a worst-case scenario environment.  Full results of the trials and video can be found on Sharkbanz.com/pages/research

    Co-founder Nathan Garrison states, "Ever since my close friend was attacked by a Bull Shark in Charleston, SC, I've dreamed of providing people an effective, affordable, simple device they can use to reduce the risk. This data proves we've accomplished that goal."

    Bull Sharks, one of the most common predatory shark species, can be found worldwide and are responsible for the highest number of human attacks. The majority of these attacks occur in the United States- specifically Florida.

    Sharkbanz, in association with Discovery Canada, recorded over 1,200 Bull Shark interactions in this recent comparative study. During all of these interactions, the baited dummy was never attacked while wearing Sharkbanz products. Without the Sharkbanz deterrents, the dummy was attacked every 42 seconds on average. Sharks were 85% more likely to display avoidance behavior when baited dummies were wearing Sharkbanz than without.

    During the final and most extreme trial, the dummy was baited on all four limbs and placed in the middle of a Bull Shark feeding frenzy wearing two Sharkbanz.  After 14 minutes in the water, the baited dummy experienced 266 direct interactions with adult sharks but was not attacked once. After removing the Sharkbanz, the same dummy was attacked the moment it entered the water. Highlights are available for viewing on Sharkbanz.com/pages/research.

    Sharkbanz is committed to reducing the risk of shark encounters using patented magnetic deterrent technology, which creates a strong electromagnetic field that interferes with a shark's electrical sensors. This interference, though not harmful to the shark or any other marine life, is highly unpleasant and can cause inquisitive sharks to turn away- a similar sensation to that of a person having a bright light flashed in his or her eyes in a dark room.

    The results of this Bull Shark research will be submitted for independent, scientific peer-review. Furthermore, the Sharkbanz team will conduct a study later this year in conjunction with a shark research group to further measure and validate the technology's effectiveness.

    Sharkbanz magnetic technology will reduce risk of shark interactions, but there is no 100% guarantee that interactions will not take place.

    Sharkbanz Featured on the Discovery Channel

    Sharkbanz Featured on the Discovery Channel

    The Sharkbanz Team had the opportunity to re-visit our favorite testing grounds in the Bahamas to carry-out and film some of our most rigorous series of tests to date. 

    In a variety of experiments and demonstrations for Discovery Channel, we put the Modom Shark Leash featuring our Sharkbanz Technology through the ringer. With as many as six (6), large hungry Bull Sharks present for periods of up to ten minutes, Bernie (our faithful test dummy) was never bit while wearing our active shark deterrent technology ... not even when we tied visible fish bait to his legs and stuffed his socks full of chum. Yew! 

    But ... 

    The moment we removed Sharkbanz (in order to demonstrate a control test), Bernie was targeted and attacked by the sharks. 

    You can watch the segment here on Discovery Channel's 'Daily Planet' site. Fast forward to the 08:50 mark and enjoy! 

    Proving once again the simplicity and effectiveness of Sharkbanz Technology. 

    https://www.discovery.ca/Shows/Daily-Planet/video?vid=1247471

    We will be publishing more information from our recent series of Bull Shark experiments in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned!