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Night Surfing Is Exciting … But Watch Out for the Sharks

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New Surfing Trend: Surfing at Night Under the Moon
A surfer walks along a foggy beach at night on October 29, 2012 in Encinitas, California (Gabe LHeureux/Getty Images)


Remember Aussie Mick Fanning and his surfing adventure under the Northern Lights? Apparently, he’s not the only surfer to enjoy a good shred on the shroud of darkness.

According to The New York Times, there’s a budding subculture of surfers around the world, who have taken to night surfing by the light of their LED surfboards and the moon—though even the light from the celestial body is optional.

Of course, doing anything in pitch black could be potentially dangerous, especially since sharks tend to hunt at night, too.

What’s the draw of night surfing? One of them appears to be space, per the Times. Surfing is a growing sport, and some of the hottest waves around the globe have become “tourist traps” for the surferati. (New Yorker writer and author William Flanagan bemoaned this fact in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.)

Read the full New York Times article here.

Watch night surfers in action via Vice Sports below.