Paddleboarding is a great new leisure sport that’s taking the coastal paradises of the world by storm.
It involves standing upright on what is superficially a slightly-altered surfboard, equipped with a single paddle.
It’s a great way to cruise along calm waters, and experienced paddlers can even catch some waves like real surfers.
What’s not fun, however, is being told that you’re surrounded by 15 great white sharks quite a distance from the shore.
That’s what happened to a group of boarders in Southern California on Wednesday. According to ABC News, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department had to warn the adventurers of the lurking threat, after being tipped off by the State Parks department.
Luckily for the paddlers, no harm came to them, but fortunately for us, there is video of the event, courtesy of a police helicopter.
Police in California warn paddleboarders to exit the water in a "calm manner" as they are "next to approximately 15 great white sharks." pic.twitter.com/f04k0zHpvC— ABC News (@ABC) May 11, 2017
As we’ve learned over the past week in South Africa, there are far more dangerous things than sharks lurking in our coastal waters, so perhaps these guys got lucky!