Is Chillax the world's first shark-deterrent surf wax?

August 25, 2016 | Surfing
Chillax SurfWax: an organic surf wax that repels sharks | Photo: Chillax SurfWax

An Australian surfer believes he has developed an organic surf wax that repels great white sharks.

Neil Campbell created Chillax SurfWax, a product made of four strong essential oils, four spices, pure virgin organic coconut oil, and unfiltered beeswax. He says he wants to "take surfers off the shark's menu."

The surfer-entrepreneur moved to South Australia recently, and he couldn't imagine himself paddling and having fun in shark-infested waters. He knew he had to do something, and electronic shark repellents and deterrents were not the way.

Campbell did his own research and concluded that clove oil is used to euthanize sharks and that hot peppers can effectively keep the predator at a safe distance.

Chillax aims to create a multi-sensory barrier to the delicate olfactory, taste and sight receptors of great white sharks. The shark-repelling surf wax will be tested at Neptune Island, in September 2016.

In the future, Neil Campbell plans to add necromone oils with necrotic or rotting shark tissue to the Chillax SurfWax formula, so that the product moves from a passive deterrent recipe to an aggressive repellent.

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