Our purpose is to protect sharks by preventing attacks on surfers. By protecting surfers we can prevent the unnecessary shark culls
As a social enterprise we will be donating 10% of profits to shark and marine studies
Our concepts were developed by Shark Researcher Rob Carraro following observations of shark behaviour on aerial surveys. It’s based on the hunting strategies and pre-strike run positioning on shallow beaches of Great Whites pursuing prey. After 5 years of development the concept is patented in Australia, USA, South Africa with more counties to follow.
We are divers, surfers and shark researchers most of our internal and external scientific advisers are concerned parents of young children that surf at every chance they get. The Advisory Group of consists of Marine Biologists, Ecologists and Pilots, that needed a shark avoidance method to give them peace of mind that was effective and practical. They were our harshest and most knowledgeable critics and could not be swayed by glossy images, unrepeatable tests or fooled by doubtful claims. Those parents now have their kids in FADER wetsuits.
Rob Carraro has been a diver and scuba instructor a for over 25 years spending much of that time observing shark behaviour underwater. Attending university as mature age student to study marine science he researched Wobbegongs which gave unique insights into shark vision. A 1st class Honors was awarded for the Wobbegong research and a scientific paper published in conjunction with Dr Bill Gladstone. He went on to work in shark research with NSW Fisheries on projects with Wobbegongs, Great Whites and developed methodology and safe practices for tagging Grey Nurse Sharks underwater. After Fisheries he coordinated Helicopter surveys for Great Whites for 4 years with CMA CSIRO and UTS where seeing Great Whites sharks in surf zone behaving naturally without human interference interact with fish formed the basis for the Sharkview concept to reduce shark attacks by avoiding being seen. As a diver rather than surfer he looked at the problem from an underwater viewpoint rather than a surface down approach using the sharks natural behaviour and hunting practices. 2 years of in water testing followed perfecting the methods off Port Stephens and a further 3 years of product development have culminated in the Sharkveiw Adaptive Camoflage Surfboards and FADER Contrast Gradient wetsuits. His goal is to get back to full time Shark Research funded by the commercialisation of Sharkview products. Our designer
Gemma Cornish is the owner and founder of Gemma Lee wetsuits a high fashion swimwear and wetsuit group. She comes from a high-level competitive swimming, lifesaving and surfing background. As such she was uniquely placed to combine function and ascetics. After all we still want our customers to look great. Her brief was to shape the wetsuit for female surfers not models. Female surfers have real shoulders and are proud of them yet even female branded suits don't allow for this and are highly restrictive according to the survey responses. The combination of racing swimwear features and seam lines that follow muscle groups was done for functional purposes but the unforeseen effect is how it acts like shape wear to trim and firm body areas. Gemma has not only created a high performance wetsuits that fits a wider range of body shapes but one that flatters and enhances like no other female wetsuit.
Shark LC18 approaching our bait covered with the Avoided Pattern from behind were the pattern is obscured. Once it gets level it see the pattern and veers off. Its not punished, or harmed it chooses not to bite. While promising this still needs work and more evidence which we hope to get over this summer. With an greater effort to capture evidence with for Bull Sharks.
Sun test shows the surface of the water from underneath reflecting the rocks, then sea grass then in deep er water the blue. Our inlays and decals do the same. So no matter what the water colour is or what the bottom is made of the board will match at the time and also match any changes.
Background information and some of the reasons behind our wetsuits produced @kianicoop and @laura.ausling for @uonsoci @uni_newcastle Wetsuit FADER 2mm featured designed by @gemmalee_suitss.
This is the most important example of behaviour we observed. As the shark approaches the fish riding in on the wave to gain speed it at about 4m away aborts. Why? The fish are broken up, it would be a perfect time to single 1 out. But it doesn’t. It swims off. We strongly believe from this and other examples that as the wave lifted the fish their body angle in relation to the sun changes and for a split second the reflective scales made them to shark seem to disappear. To the shark the fish are no longer there. No fish no point so it swims on to look for other fish. We have many other examples that have convinced us that if we can not be seen there is not reason for a shark to approach.
Find the shark. Ariel patrols and drones are easy when the water is clear or there's no wind chop and your flying over every 10 minutes. Each summer due to poor water its wasted for days or weeks at a time (we lost most of January one year). So if the water is clear, there's is little wind, its in school holidays and its just flown over in the past 10 minutes yes you are a little safer. The rest of the time? Better to take shark safety out of the hands of Government and vested interest groups and make your own decisions.
Its vital for total concentration for aerial survey work. Any split second loss can lead to a missed shark and its easy to do. Even with the best conditions, experienced teams and regular patrols the shark that is a risk is unlikely to be seen before the event.