Urban Legend or Not? Rental Surf Boards Altered to Attract Sharks

A La Jolla Shores surf shop worker reportedly injected blood in rental surfboards in an effort to attract sharks to kill off tourists—so he could catch all the waves himself.

Photo Credit: Michelle Mowad
Photo Credit: Michelle Mowad
Would you kill your competition to catch killer waves? Or what if you just let sharks do your dirty work?

A Reddit user recently stated online that a surf shop employee in the La Jolla area injected blood into rental surfboards in an effort to get sharks to eat tourist surfers hogging up the local surf lineup.

On Thursday, uri_76 said that one day while working at an unnamed surfboard shop in La Jolla, he noticed something strange about the surfboards –there was blood inside them.

"I put in a hidden camera and caught one of our employees ... putting the blood inside the boards. We called the police and upon questioning, his main motive was to have sharks eat all the surfers so he could have all the tasty waves to himself."

Patch is unaware if this incident is true or creative Internet fiction. However, we can't help but wonder... did someone really stuff surfboards with blood? And did the culprit catch those tasty waves?

Uri76 did not say what shop he worked at and did not mention when this happened. Patch reached out to the poster, and has not heard back. In the 24-hours since the Reddit post, 250 others asked questions and shared comments too.

What do you think? Urban legend or true story? Tell us in the comment section below.
Deanne Goodman (Editor) January 10, 2014 at 07:32 PM
Seems a little fishy to me. If someone really did that, he/she is ridiculous and I hope Uri76 has the police report and video to prove it.
Michelle Mowad (Editor) January 10, 2014 at 07:39 PM
One Reddit user reference Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I can't stop hearing his voice say "Tasty Waves!!!!"
Bob January 13, 2014 at 05:47 PM
I am not a surfer but I know sharks are extremely good at smelling blood in the water. But not every animal or fish they attack is bleeding beforehand. And why wouldn't they attack the board and not the surfer? sounds more like someone has been puffing on the pipe a little too much and not going down the pipe hanging ten enough.
Bennie Gregg January 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM
I own a nice bridge in Brooklyn NY. Its for sale. Anyone interested in buying?
roger January 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM
i am never surprised what people do. we really are a virus
mike beard January 14, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Coastallocal January 14, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Really? You are reporting something from Reddit? How about some actual journalism?! Follow up with the police, ANYTHING but spreading Reddit rumors?
Fred Hartwell January 14, 2014 at 04:53 PM
How is this relevant to Collingswood ? Boring.
Barry A Clarke` January 14, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Hmmm, looks like his idea didn't work very well. How many people were eaten?..........
LBB January 14, 2014 at 05:41 PM
I love how people suck up internet rumors. Really? Doesn't it seem like if someone were caught doing this they would be arrested and charged with attempted murder? Or, suppose they weren't caught - we ALWAYS hear about deaths caused by sharks. Wouldn't someone have noticed all those people who were killed had rented boards from the same surf shop? Geesh.
scottwilsors January 14, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Sunny in SD January 14, 2014 at 09:42 PM
The BS meter is going off.........
Brian Kari January 15, 2014 at 12:03 AM
load of crap. surfboards are made out of fibreglass, for the most part, and nobody has mentioned where this alleged surfboard shop worker got all that blood in the first place. and how do you "inject" blood into a surfboard in the first place. the surface of the board is sealed with resin, which would keep any scent of blood out of the water anyway. and considering the first thing you do when you try to surf is wax your board, wouldn't the renter of said board say, "Hey dude, why is this board bleeding"?
Douglas Carl January 15, 2014 at 07:56 AM
What an absurd story! Slow news day?
Phil Collins January 15, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Bloody Surf Boards is this a Pirate Tale or was this guy writing the script for Jaws number 62 ?
Ben Novick January 16, 2014 at 02:47 PM
This is as believable as Col. Sanders secret ingredient (being bat-s)
Doug D. January 16, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Kind of fishy to me too, but if this was true and the person was caught he should be tied to the end of a rope, dipped in blood and dragged behind a slow moving boat and let the sharks have some fun.
Jim Leavenworth January 18, 2014 at 01:16 AM
To anyone inclined to jump the shark and bite on this one I have shares in the George Washington Bridge to sell you. Cov, Chris Christie


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