By Ariel, age 14, Hawaii

On May 25th I was involved in a surfing contest at a place called Lahaina Harbor here on Maui. Lahaina Harbor is about an hour's drive from my house which is all the way on the other side of the island. It is a boat yard, and the surf break is right by a channel where sharks go so they can get the dead fish that the fishermen throw off their boats.

It was a super hot, sunny day, and a really long day. I surfed about five times. By the end of the day I was a lobster. In a surf contest you go out surfing for 15-20 minutes against six people. The top three advance into the next heat. It goes on like this until there are only six people left, and that is the finals. So I was in my finals heat and there were no waves for seven minutes. During that time a couple fishing boats passed by dropping off their dead fish.

My friend Kelci was right across from me when she saw it. The fin was about a foot above the water. It was a shark! She was yelling and screaming before she yelled "Shark!" Once Kelci yelled "Shark!" another girl named Kulia saw it and started panicking, almost crying. The other five of us then looked back and saw the shark. All of us girls paddled into the inside and caught the little baby waves. It was a good thing there was only five more minutes left of the heat. We were the only people who saw the shark except for one other boy named Dylan who was waiting for his heat to start. Once the horn blew that the heat was over all of us were out of the water in at the most five seconds. We came out of the water shaking and telling everyone to watch out.

It wasn't my first time encountering a shark. One time my friend Jonathan and I were surfing, and a shark jumped about five feet in the air only about two feet from us. It was sooo scary! It's a good thing they don't always bite!!

My friend Jonathan and I - the shark is in the background, but it's difficult to see.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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