Hi all, just thought I'd share my early morning surf from this morning with you. Gotin at my local (Tenerife) reef break just after sunrise, there was one other guy in already. Waves were small but powerful enough. I could see the next break along was well overhead, and didn't feel up to that, besides I always feel better if there is someone else in the water, even if I don't know them, and the big break was empty. I got in and paddled out just as the other guy surfed a decent wave, and he ended up quite close to me. Was well stoked, thought it was gonna be a wicked session. I ducked a couple of waves and turtle rolled the last one as we both ended up at the right spot to sit and wait for the next set. Just as we did this massive fin passed us at a distance of about 20 metres. I lost sight of it due to the swell, and when the swell had passed under us it was gone. I asked the other guy if he spoke my lingo, as my spanish is not too good. He did, and confirmed he had also seen it. We then watched in amazement / horror as this big shape was visibly disturbing the water just below the surface, similar to the disturbance you get around a rock that is just under the surface. Then came the deciding factor, fish jumping out of the water, and not just little fish that I've often seen at this spot, big fish, like a metre long and quite thick. Now I know that fish do this to evade a predator, and they were big,so whatever wanted them for its breakfast had to be bigger, much bigger. I watch for a while and the old surfer jokes about sharks were exchanged. I tried to forget about it and just catch some waves, but couldn't. I got one wave and then got out. The other guy stayed in. I stood on the rocks for a while as he caught another wave, and was just about to paddle back out when I saw it again, right next to him. I whistled really loudly and pointed, he paddled in like crazy and got out.
Now I'm reluctant to get back in.
I've tried to identify what it was by web images, and at the mo hammerhead is top suspect, and they've been seen here before, but great white is also possible.