Michel Bourez twice frisked by shark while foiling
If not for the damn COVID, Michel Bourez would be in South Africa right now warming up for J'Bay. The Eastern Cape is known for its wildlife, white sharks included, and since Mick was brushed in 2015 the Wozzle has had a shark strategy in place at Jeffreys.
Today, Michel Bourez was half a world away from J'Bay yet still had to employ his own shark strategy. No point retelling it all, here's the story from Michel himself (sic):
What an incredible day !Different emotions in just a few minutes.
I was doing a down wind from tahiti ( mahina ) to moorea(vaiare) when a hammer shark chased my foil and bite it. He broke the tail of my @signaturefoils so I could not keep going . Then I sat on my @firewiresurfboards and waved at my friends on the boat to come and pick me up.After 2-3 minutes by « myself » , I felt something was wrong so I looked around me and stayed in alert just in case the shark would come back again . I was right !
The 3-4 meters hammer shark came back again at me so I put my foil in between him and I to protect myself. He bite my foil for the second time realizing it was definitely not eatable and swam back away from me . The boat picked me up a few minutes after and I was safe .
15 minutes later I decided to go foil again and finished the race we had.
I felt like surfing at teahupoo when it’s 10-12 foot ! We know the risk to get hurt or even dying but the love of our sport is too strong. EVERY TIME I go foiling in the deep blue , I’ve seen hammers sharks cruising around so I know the risk since the beginning.The ocean is their world and I respect that !
No bad feelings at all ! He just owe me a new foil.