This new piece of surf tech could change surfing in Australia forever

Sarah Neate 3 June 2016

modom shark leash image

After years of anticipation, Modom’s shark-deterrent leash has launched in Australia and is available to purchase through Surfstitch.

That's right, this ankle band actually deters sharks.

This highly anticipated piece of surf tech has been in the works for over a decade now. Initially only offered to Modom's riders, it's now available to buy in Australia for the first time.

The leash lets off a electromagnetic field around the surfer wearing it, which causes slight irritation to the shark (though absolutely no pain or harm) and deters the creature from approaching or attacking. The device has been developed using magnets, so there's no need to worry about getting electronics wet or running out of power. It weights less than 100 grams, so there's no risk of impacting performance, plus when a group of surfers are wearing leashes near each other the deterrent's presence strengthens.

While some will remain skeptical, the testing on this device is hard to argue with. According to Stab magazine, the creators attached the device to a fake leg made with raw meat and bull sharks changed direction up to two metres away.

While there is no guarantee that this will deter all sharks, it could effectively decrease the risk and curb public concern.

Buy here with Surfstich before they sell out.

Image: Modom Instagram

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