Shark Shield - Surf Any Break Without Intimidation

Imagine if every surfboard in the world was an electronic shark deterrent. Protecting surfers and the swimmers on the beach. An electronic mine field for sharks
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Lindsay Lyon
Technology
Perth
Australia
3 Team Members

Shark Shield, the world's only scientifically proven and independently tested electronic shark deterrent, is developing the world's first inbuilt surfboard shark deterrent

Our new shark deterrent will revolutionize the surfing industry and is the first major innovation in surfing since the Thruster and removable fins.

Imagine sunset surfing without the worry of sharks.  Be last to paddle in as the sun is setting.  That's the freedom the new Shark Shield surf innovation offers surfers.

The International Shark Attack File claims that the number of worldwide unprovoked shark attacks has grown at a steady pace since 1900, with each decade having more attacks than the previous. 

Surfers are often on the wrong end of this statistic, the most recent incident in October 2013 where a surfer reportedly lost his leg to a shark attack on Reunion Island. There have been 12 shark attacks in Reunion Island, five of which were deadly. 

Reunion Island is not alone with shark attacks this year in Hawaii, California, Florida and Australia where earlier this year, surfer Ben Linden lost his life to a shark attack

An electronic shark deterrent consists of two electrodes that use the salt water as a conductor between the two, creating an electrical field that deters sharks. Off the success of our SURF7 product, we have now designed a new solution that can be broadly adopted across all surfboards, including short boards and performance board.

Not only will the new deterrent protect the surfer, but multiple surfers will create a virtual electronic shark barrier for swimmers along the beach, The surfers will appear like an electronic mine field to sharks. All beach goers benefit form this innovation.

Shark Shields new surfboard shark deterrent will have no impact on current surfboard manufacturing or the shaping design processes, and zero to minimal impact on surfboard performance. The patented innovation leverages the surfboards fins as electrodes, and uses the fin plug systems to electrically connect the electrodes (fins) to the power source mounted in the kicker of surfboards grip pad. Like all good inventions its design and implementation is simple.

The miniaturized electronics weighing less than 150 gms, with a user replaceable four hour battery life, will clip in and out of the grip pad kicker so surfers can easily move the device between boards. The removable fins (electrodes) can be moved between boards exactly as they are today. We aim to support both FCS and Futures plug systems.

The new product is expected to be shipping in late 2014 with a retail price between US$499 – US$599 and we are offering our supporters a generous 50% discount off the new product and existing products through the Indiegogo crowd funding campaign.

This is a win-win for you and for Shark Shield. Help us fund the final product development and receive a world first product at half price. If you don’t surf you can still get the discounted product, or a current product discount, what a perfect Christmas gift!

Imagine every surfboard with a protective electronic field around it. Not only will it protect the surfer, but multiple surfers will create a virtual electronic shark barrier for swimmers on the beach. The surfers will appear like an electronic mine field to sharks.

Imagine sunset surfing without the worry of sharks.  Be last to paddle in as the sun is setting.  That's the freedom the new Shark Shield surf innovation offers surfers.


Shark Shield is the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electronic shark deterrent and the company is in a perfect position to address the increasing global shark attack threats to humans while supporting the conservation of sharks.

Shark Shield devices create a powerful electrical field which induces spasms in predatory shark’s highly sensitive electrical receptors. 

As sharks can only sense electrical currents at very short distances and all electrical currents are dispersed rapidly in water, the myth that sharks can sense electrical current at great distances is not true; as a result electronic shark deterrents do not attract sharks.

There are also no known long term adverse effects to the shark and as a result Shark Shield devices support the conservation of sharks by removing the need for culling or other lethal means of managing human and shark interactions. 

Watch this scientific and independent research testing video to see how well Shark Shield works. This test resembles a shark attacking a moving surfboard.

To develop the new surfboard product we need $75,000 to cover the industrial design, electronics miniaturization and product testing costs. We have an existing product that work so adaption and modification of proven technology is significantly easier than developing new products from scratch which means we can get to market quickly.

The funds will also be used for extensive field testing, which does not involve just going for a surf, although surfboard performance is clearly a core part of the value proposition to surfers. Field testing involves attracting sharks with baits to the surfboard and measuring the effectiveness, meaning fairly risky testing process that requires considerable caution.

For your support Shark Shield is offering two significant discount incentives;

Be one of the first people in the world to own our new surfboard innovation. This offer is also open to surf retailers (nearly double the current retail discounts). 

Support us with a $100 perk and receive a 50% new product discount voucher. 

The new surfboard product retail price is expected to range between $499 - $599, so your guaranteed to make your money back with the discount, its a win-win and due to be released late 2014. 

Even if you don’t surf what a great Christmas gift!

Purchase any product directly from Shark Shield, like the FREEDOM7, used for scuba diving, spearfishing, kayak fishing. The SCUBA7 for technical or sports diving, or the existing SURF7 for surfboards, paddle board and also for kayak fishing. 

Support us with a $150 perk and you receive a 50% current product discount voucher. 

This 50% discount equates to more than $300 off the normal retail price (please note due to demand this offer is not shipping until January). Please see our website for more current product details.

The number of worldwide unprovoked shark attacks has grown at a steady pace since 1900, with each decade having more attacks than the previous. There are more shark attacks in Florida than the rest of the world combined.

Since 2011, the International Shark Attack File reports there have been 12 shark attacks in Reunion Island alone, five of which were deadly.  Faced with the increase in deadly attacks, the Prefect of the island announced a slew of measures in July, including banning swimming, surfing and body boarding off more than half of the coast; they also plan to cull 90 sharks—45 tiger sharks and 45 bull sharks.

According to Sea Shepherd, 100 million sharks are killed each year by sport fishermen or by those who practice shark finning, which consists of catching the fish and slicing off their fins while they are still alive.

The significant growth in shark interactions reflects the ever-increasing amount of time spent in the sea by humans, which increases the opportunities for interaction between the two affected parties.

Shark Shield is in a perfect position to address the increasing global shark attack threats to humans (particularly surfers) while supporting the conservation of sharks. Electronic shark deterrents help save sharks.

The diagram below shows what the estimated electrical field looks like with the current Shark Shield SURF7 product.  This diagram is an estimation by the South African National Space Agency, another example of the research behind Shark Shield.

Of course, surfing with the current SURF7 2.2 meter trailing antenna and a 335 gram device on the back of your board is not ideal - and this is what we are going to completely remove with our new product, no trailing antenna or heavy power source.

The new design will not impact on the surfboard manufacturing or design processes, and most importantly no impact on surfboard performance.

Please share our project with your friends on Facebook, Tweeter, Google+, surf club, surf retailer or anyway you can help us get the word out.  

We truly believe this new product is going to transform the surfing world so we really want people to know we are working on a solution, and that proven technology does exist to deter sharks.

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$1,861AUD
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This campaign ended on December 29, 2013
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  • $10AUD
    Hug a Shark - Save a Shark

    Helping Shark Shield build our surf innovation helps remove the conflict between humans and sharks sharing the ocean together. Of course getting the shark hug can be a bit tricky.........

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  • $100AUD
    50% Off the new Surf Product

    Be one of the first people in the world to own our new surfboard innovation. Any investment of $100 will receive a 50% discount voucher off the MSRP of our new product, easily make your money back!

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    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $150AUD
    50% Off Shark Shield Products

    Own a Shark Shield today! Any investment over $150 will receive a 50% discount voucher off any current Shark Shield product, a saving of up to $300. Whether your scuba diving, spearfishing, kayak fishing, swimming or surfing, you can enjoy the beauty and mystery of the ocean without fear.

    2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $1,500AUD
    Retailer Free Bag Offer

    We are offering any of our existing or new retailers anywhere in the world a FREE Shark Shield Neoprene Carry Bag valued at $45 with every Shark Shield FREEDOM7, SCUBA7 or SURF7 order.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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