Does Anyone Else Think These Light-Up Surfboards Are an Awesomely Bad Idea?

Watching surfers with glow in the dark wetsuits surf on their light-up neon surfboards in the complete dark is a visual mind bender. It's also completely crazy cause uh... SHARKKKKSS? Could you paint a bigger target on yourself than BRIGHT LIGHTS ALL OVER YOUR BODY.

Okay, you probably could be a bigger target if you made a surfboard from bleeding steaks with a gash across your leg and a human corpse trailing your board but still. Shining bright lights at night in the middle of the big bad ocean... how can that not get a shark's attention?


OK, full disclosure: I am not a shark expert. But with my expert Internet sleuthing skills (ahem Wikipedia browsing and—thanks @SkipErnst), I've discovered that though sharks aren't any good at seeing color, they're freaking ace at detecting light. You know, like a surfboard with neon running lights skidding across a dark ocean and a Tron-like illuminated suit that also happens to contain a warm flailing body that smells like manflesh. If I were a shark, I'd be like, Thank you technology!

My completely rational fears of shark aside, the surfing video is visually awesome and must've been fun as hell to make. Strongbow Australia (the cider company) made the clip with surfing filmmakers Jack McCoy, Bali Strickland and Eugene Tan in Bondi Beach, Australia. In total, 17 surfers strapped up their Tron-like suits and hit the waves to make the ocean look like it was The Grid. Thank god no one died. [Strongbow via MAKE]

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Please research the point you're trying to make before you make it...the premise of your argument is utterly false.

Just because we humans like things that glow doesn't mean everything else does. And wants to eat it.