Apple Watch saves kitesurfer from potential shark encounter, Tim Cook reacts with 'wow'

Apple's smartwatch ads are full of feel-good stories about how the wearable changes people's lives for the better, mainly on the physical activity side of the everyday spectrum, but this next story is something else, and forced even Tim Cook to react.

Armed with his kitesurf and Apple Watch 3 on his wrist, one John Zilles took against the waves on a new underwater hydrofoil wing, but about a mile in, he wiped out, and couldn't get his heavy kit airborne again. Thus, he had about two hours of slowly swimming against the current with all the kite gear before he reaches the shore, he reckoned, yet those Ventura, California waters had seen their fair share of shark sightings, so that was constantly on the back of his mind while kicking it for about half an hour. 

He looked at the time passed on his Apple Watch, and suddenly remembered that the thing can make voice calls on its own, so he called his family to let them know he will be late. Needless to say, the idea of sharks swimming around in the area quickly came back when he realized that he has at least an hour of water fun more, so he reached his son to give him the Coast Guard number, and let them know his whereabouts, resulting in a smooth sailing to the shore.

Grateful for his new Apple Watch 3 functionality that took him out of a potentially dangerous situation, John Zilles emailed Apple to let them know how he appreciates the gear, and apparently even got a short reaction by fellow fitness nerd Tim Cook himself, in the form of one short but sweet "wow, happy to hear you are safe" reply. Neat.

source: DailyMail



1. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 11, 2017


23. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

WHAT KIND OF APPLE NONSENSE IS THIS... this is why this site gets hated on so much for praising apples products... he didn't even encounter a shark in the OCEAN!... he simply made a call from his watch in which the coast guard came and got him... no shark.... anywhere ... why not a killer whale, DINOSAUR or CHICHULA (however you spell that damn sea monster).

2. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

A watch saved someone from a shark encounter? Must be a GTA5 hack.

3. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Any 4G LTE watch would have done the same, it's not because it's an Apple!

7. TrainFromUkraine

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Of course it is)) No other watch comes even close.

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They won't bother to write article if it's not Apple Watch..

17. GdgetXpert1337

Posts: 117; Member since: Oct 31, 2017

That cuz no 1 buy notin else but Apple Watch, it most poplar smartwatch in world. That why u never heer about them

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Are you 7?

29. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

The king of Isheep!

21. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Of course, why bother?? No other smart watch even comes close to the Apple Watch. No point writing about $h*t!!

16. Nopers unregistered

Yeah but he was wearing an Apple Watch so it doesn’t matter.

4. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Wow that guy had such a tremendous common sense... people are saying it's the best type of common sense they've ever seen... Fake news can't even recognise it...

5. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Best Regards Apple Marketing

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Glad that the guy is safe. He used what he got to break out of this hard situation. Good job.

8. mariosraptor

Posts: 185; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

I don’t see any sharks in the whole story. He must have been dreaming !

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Click bait tittle. The dude NEVER even encountered a shark, only the thought of one.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

If my car breakdown, and I call tow truck using smartwatch, will they write an article for me? Probably a dragon or UFO will attack me if I didn't ask for help, so..

22. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

No! Because no one cares about you because of your childish comments!! (But mine's childish too....)

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Title is changed.

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

He'll be in trouble if Apple skip LTE in newer model, or if this guy didn't get newer AW (which actually the same as previous model.. plus LTE) moral or the story, upgrade your old apple watch asap.. btw, what phone that he leave at home? iPhone 7 already got water resistance. And He should always bring his phone "just in case" his stuff broken 2-3km farther, and his watch can get signal reception.. (Smartphone antenna is bigger than smartwatch)

14. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

Phones aren't very convenient things to carry around when you're doing extreme sports, especially in the water. Your water resistance might give out too, especially if you're swimming 2km odd.

13. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Samsung is now looking for volunteers who can swim to wear their watch. :-)

15. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

I was expecting this to be linked to the recent story about a guy that punched a shark on the nose to avoid being eaten. I thought he might have had some useful notification on his watch saying 'You seem to be in deep shark infested waters. Remember, if you do get attacked by sharks a punch on the nose is your best defence'

19. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I saved my self from a shark attack yesterday here in Mexico! Just walked back in from the beach because there are sharks in the ocean...

24. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Lol I got saved by from having to spend the weekend without my note 4 thanks to my gear s3 frontier edition. I left my phone at work and left toward home, realizing I didn't have my phone I called the supervisor that stays just a few more minutes than everyone else with my gear s3 frontier and asked him if he could do me the favor of grabbing my note 4 and wait for me to go pick it up and he said sure. Weekend saved. Wow!

25. truthbetold

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 16, 2015

Reading this article has just saved me from potentially tripping over and falling down the stairs. Thank you, Apple Watch!


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple propaganda!

27. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Techie: I don’t agree, the shark was sent by Apple and it was a fake one.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm not shocked at all the Apple Watch hate comments. The guy was wearing one, and realized he could call from it. What's the problem?

31. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

It's like someone walking around shouting how much money he has. Sure, people can appreciate how happy he is and go about their day. But when he won't shut up about it, and creates misleading article titles online to get you to read about it.... People will react negatively.

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