Jeremy Flores On The Recent Spate Of Reunion Island Shark Attacks
After yet another shark attack off Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, the surfing community on this idyllic tropical island is up in arms about what to do to protect themselves while surfing, bodyboarding, and generally enjoying the ocean. Like a lot of governments, the French have been slow to react despite one guy dying and another losing a foot and hand in recent yet separate attacks. To get a clearer picture of what’s going on there, we rang up ASP World Tour surfer Jeremy Flores who grew up surfing the perfect waves that litter the island. Suffice to say, when friends are dying, emotions will run high.—Justin Coté
TransWorld SURF: So Jeremy what is going on down there?
Jeremy Flores: It’s pretty heavy. I’ve lost so many friends and brothers; it’s a really emotional topic for me. The French government doesn’t give a f—k, these political idiots are all laughing about it [the shark attacks]. Imagine the families of the victims. It’s disgusting— they’re all laughing and not paying attention.