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Piha Predator has Evan Thompson on his toes

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 January, 2010 : - - Yesterday the heats started with the guys 18-and-under and guys 16-and-under. All the Americans won their heats. Connor and Parker Coffin did great!!! Today we entered the second day of heats and the girls were supposed to surf as well. We woke up to stormy skies, lots of wind and big surf. They wont put the girls out in it, if it is too big or dangerous?!

That’s always debatible because everyone has a different opinion.

For example, the guys were surfing their heats today. My teammate Evan Thompson was the last USA surfer to surf his heat. He was out in the water and had caught 2 waves. He was in 3rd I believe, but all he needed was a 4-point-something  to advance to 1st. We’re thinking, no problem….but all of a sudden Evan starts paddling really fast towards us at the shore. We thought he broke his board, so I ran down to water’s edge with a new board for him. He was coming in though, because he saw a shark!

He actually thought it had attacked one of the contestants in his heat, because he saw the guys board, but the guy was missing. It’s just that the waves were so big, you couldnt see anything clearly. Well his other teammate, Evan Geiselman, said ‘get the @%#$# back out there.’ So Evan Thompson did!!

He ended up paddling all the way back and and believe me it’s far!!! He won the heat. The story was he saw a 10 ft shark feeding on fish. All four surfers in the heat saw it to confirm what he said. In a competition, if you see a shark you are allowed to paddle in and try and stop the heat officially. Who knows though?!  As they let the next heat go out after all that.

Anyway, everyone was OK, no one got eaten!We went to the lifeguard stand afterward and they said there are lots of sharks here in Piha, but there is so much marine life they don’t need to eat us! That’s comforting, considering I’ll probably be paddling out tomorrow or the next day.

Read the full article at Presidio Sports

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