Some good news to start 2020! While vacationing with his family in his former home state of Hawaii, President Obama was spotted wearing Sharkbanz for an SUP session.
Our team was super excited a few years ago when the Navy SEALS contacted us for some added protection on their ocean missions, but this nod from the former Commander in Chief takes top honors! We’re so pumped to give President Obama and his family some added peace of mind in the water.
Nothing like a strategic approach to ocean safety!
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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!
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.
"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)
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