RPELA from Surfsafe is committed to continued research and development .

The electronic shark deterrent device you use and trust to keep you safe and now evolved into RPELA.




We have targeted hotspots around the globe from Balina on the East Coast of Australia, Margaret River and Esperance in the South of Western Australia, Plettenburg Bay South Africa,  J Bay South Africa, South West New Zealand to the notorious shark hot spot of Reunion Island.




Our independent scientific testing has recently been conducted of the Coast of Esperance in Australia, under the supervision of world renowned Shark Scientist OCEAN RAMSEY with Data analysed by Australian and International independent scientists.

RPELA is the FIRST  independently tried and tested  purpose built surfboard shark deterrent available on the market. Its designed by surfers who still surf, for surfers. Its not a product modified to fit a surfboard . Its designed to give you peace of mind whilst working with the design of your board . Your safety and the performance of  board is never compromised

RPELA Research Timeline


July RPELA shark deterrent project.

September: Prototype Manufacturing RPELA SURFSAFE version I.

October:  First trials with shark fisherman of Northwest Australian coast.

November: First Expedition to Dampier coast trials with bull sharks and whalers sharks


March:  First Expedition to Stuart Island (New Zealand) testing  with white sharks.

July: Second expedition to Stuart Island (New Zealand) testing SURFSAFE deterrent with white sharks.

August: Apply for round 1 of Gout Funding for deterrent R&D.


January:  Trip to Reunion Island to trial RPELA and get French to help with R & D.

June: Third expedition to Stuart Island (New Zealand) to test RPELA with white sharks.

August:  First expedition to Mossel Bay (South Africa) testing RPELA on white sharks.


January:  Second expedition to Mossel Bay (South Africa): testing, assisting and collaboration with researchers.


December:  Expedition to Dampier (Western Australia) to test with Bull sharks and tiger sharks.


August:  Fist expedition to Neptune Islands (South Coast of Australia) with Charlie Huvieneers to test on white sharks.

September: Second expedition  to Neptune Islands (Australia) to test the device on white sharks.

October: Third expedition to Neptune Islands (Australia) to test the device on white sharks.

November:  Fourth expedition to Neptune Islands (Australia) to test the device on white sharks.

December:  Fifth expedition to Neptune Islands (Australia) to test the device on white sharks.


January: Sixth expedition to Neptune Islands (Australia) to test the device on white sharks.

February:  Testing on whaler sharks in Perth (Western Australia).

March: First expedition off the Coast of Esperance (Western Australia) to conduct test on white sharks. This testing was led by sharks Scientist Ocean Ramsey.

May:  Second expedition off the coast of Esperance (Western Australia) to test on white sharks.

 October: At the island of Guadalupe we researched the effectiveness of the RPELA electromagnetic deterrent with the white sharks. A total 18 trials were successfully conducted with data collected from each trial .

  • 8 trials were conducted using  the control (no Device) 

  • 10 trials were conducted using the active (with RPELA device)

  • A total of 104 interactions from the white sharks

  • We had approximately 17 individual white sharks  

  • Approx.  11 male sharks 2.5 mtr -5.5 mtr 

  • Approx.  6 female sharks 2.5 mtr -6.0 mtr

The Data and videos are being examined and will be complied in to a report and white paper by Dr Craig Blount at Cardno ,we look forward to returning if possible to gain further data .