This story came from Dean Marsh and reminds us to be vigilant on surfing trips abroad......

We were lucky enough to spend six months in Byron, surfing at the Pass, Lennox, Broken Head and Boulders, riding some great winter swell. However, Kate was somewhat concerned about the threat of sharks, despite my assurance that there was very little chance of attack. She sought the reassurance of our neighbour, a local surf instructor, who advised avoiding dawn and dusk surfs, avoiding river mouths and schools of bait fish. His best advice to reduce shark attacks by 50%, is to surf with at least one other person! Also (and to my dismay) he told us not to pee in our wetsuits, as it can attract the men-in-grey-suits. In desperation, I developed a method of peeing near another surfer and then paddling away. It's not as easy as it sounds - you try peeing without changing your facial expression. Well we now know who's responsible for all those shark attacks!

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