13 November, 2014 13 November, 2014

Ricky Basnett and Llewellyn Whittaker Get Chowed by 15 Sharks (Apparently)

While scrolling through his Facebook newsfeed, Zag Spy came across this sensational video:


According to the headline, 15 year-old Ricky Basnett and his father Llewellyn Whittaker were chowed by 15 hungry sharks. Of course, we all know you can’t believe everything you see on the internet (unless it’s on zigzag.co.za and not 1 April). The thumbnail they’ve used to promote their dodgy link was in fact shot more than a decade ago at Cave Rock during the Rip Curl Tubemasters, and Ricky was competing against Coach Lu* when this pod of dolphins (not sharks) pulled through the lineup.

Neither were bitten, but the moment has resonated around the world – most notably it features on postcards available at shops everywhere along the KZN south coast.

Ricky is alive and well. Ghana 2013.

* Llewellyn is not Ricky’s father, so they lied about that too.


  1. William Maliepaard
    14 November, 2014 at 9:42 am · Reply

    guys cannot even spell properly – Unbelievable!

  2. Davo
    14 November, 2014 at 5:14 pm · Reply

    Too much trash media!!

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