I was staying in the North Shore last week and some of the guys that lived at the surf break ‘walls’ told me about a shark attack a couple weeks ago. Walls breaks far offshore so there’s a decent paddle out. I guess a guy got a shark tangled in his leash and then his board got bit but he got away ok. I heard it was a big tiger shark but can’t confirm. That kept me from paddling that far out while I was there.
Ok…fast forward to today. I was out with a friend this morning at 6 am in Waikiki. It was flat and cold but we decided to paddle from Kaimana beach over to Canoe’s in Waikiki. We stopped at Publics for a bit but it was shallow and flat so we kept on going. When we got back to Kaimana a number of OC-1 canoe guys were talking about a huge (they said 12′ +) tiger shark that was violently killing something and it went up on its tail like a killer whale does at Sea World.
Now I’ve heard of the big tiger that cruises that area but I’ve never seen it before and not sure if this one is the same one. Anyway, looks like there may be more encounters because the fishing season opened in Waikiki this year. It’s only open every other year so there were a lot of spear divers and fishing pole lines in the water. That means there’s a lot of ‘bait’ in the water so do your best not to get confused with it.