Polish kite surfer, Jan Lisewski, is a gnarly dude. He had planned on crossing the Red Sea from El Gouna to Duba with no knife. Then, his brother convinced him to take one. It saved his life.
“I was stabbing them [sharks] in the eyes, the nose and gills.” – Jan Lisewski
Jan was out in the middle of the Red Sea when the wind stopped and he was stranded for 2 nights.
“Lisewski said he sent out an SOS signal right away, but it took the Saudi Arabian Coast Guard nearly 40 hours to find him. His first night was difficult- he ran out of water and turned his kite into a raft he could sleep in. He spotted a fisherman’s ship and managed to fire a safety rocket, but wasn’t picked up.” – nbc.com
On Jan’s second night he drifted into a reef area and was attacked by sharks. He counted 11 Red Sea Sharks around him. He thinks they were attracted to the color of his kite.
“I was pushed by the wind to the worst place, a reef, where sharks have been preying. They were about 2,5 to 6 meters. They attacked me through my kite, which must’ve also attracted them because of its colour. I stabbed them in the eyes, nose and gills. The fight, which I’ve miraculously survived, took whole night. By the morning, they were gone.” – Jan Lisewski
Full Interview with Jan about his epic ordeal: