The thought alone is enough to scare numerous people away from surfing alone, even if the statistics show that the risk and or chance of an aggressive shark encounter is relatively low. Fear is fear, and for those that don't know or understand the stoke and flow state of surfing they'll never understand, and they'll always give into the fear.
Regardless, shark attacks do happen, and there are numerous other mechanisms of injury that cause lacerations when surfing, which is why bleeding is the most common trauma injury in surfing. So what can be done? The ideal medical solution is the integration of a tourniquet with a surfboard leash also known as a leg rope. The idea itself presents a wide array of engineering and medical problems that must be solved to make a device like this a reality, and not just something that can be made, something that can be proven to work, and conform to medical device manufacturing standards.
Lucky for surfers it has been done. OMNA a sustainable surf company just so happens to integrate a durable marine grade tourniquet with its surf leashes, so in some instances you can call them a shark attack tourniquet, or a surfers tourniquet. The design is engineered for water use and every component has been designed to be the most effective water application. For example, forget the outdated twisting bar also know as a windlass, (Windlass Bar TQs are too slow and clumsy in the water), OMNA uses a marine grade ratcheting buckle system that can easily be operated one-handed regardless of strength, size, or ability. While that doesn't;t resonate with surfers, what does is that its lightweight, doesn't interfere with your surfing, and you won't even notice it, that is unless you need to use it, and if and when that happens its durable construction will ensure its effective for you to control bleeding immediately.
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