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  1. Interview with Sven Franklin This interview we head down to the hipster capitol of Australia Melbourne to chat with Sven Franklin. We chat all about Club Spearfish, a local spearo club where they have a great culture and some pretty cool meetups. Sven also gives us a good overview of Melbourne spearfishing species and areas to go as well as some idea about weather and conditions which is always helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed this chat and Sven reinforced several huge factors for improving your spearfishing such as the importance of hydration, being a good buddy and staying grateful. Listen in! Mentioned in the show was - check it out:) Time Stamps 5:00 Sven's background and beginnings spearfishing. Scuba fins and his first leather jacket. 7:30 What ate the target species in Melbourne?  What are the productive locations and structure? 20:00 What has been your most memorable spearfishing catch so far? 24:30 What other Melbourne species are great for new spearo's? 27:45 What has been your toughest situation in the ocean so far? 30:00 Have you kept a dive log since you started spearfishing? 32:00 Veterans Vault - How do I find a spearfishing buddy? 37:50 What has been your funniest moment out spearfishing so far? 40:00 What is in you spearfishing dive bag? Roller Speargun Conversion Tutorial Video with Turbo 46:00 Spearo Q&A Can you explain what the spearfishing experience means t you What is the single best piece of advice youve been gf-ve? Who has been the most influential person in your spearfishing? If you could start spearfishing all over again, what would you do differently What is the single biggest thing youve learned in your first year spearfishing? Find Sven on Instagram Join the Noob Spearo Facebook community Club Spearfish Melbourne on Facebook here Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. Huge savings with their EASTER SALE! Get DOUBLE savings with our CODE and the EASTER SALE . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing or James Nestors ‘Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves’ free  Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . Check out the latest in spearfishing fin technology Use the code noobspearo to save 20% Sign up for ‘The Floater’ – Shrek and Turbo’s email newsletter 
  2. Interview with Pat Swanson Should I try diving for a job? I love the water and I think could spend all day in it so why not make it my job? This is a thought Ive had and in this chat with veteran spearo and ex-commercial diver Pat Swanson we dig right into whether its a good idea or not. Pat's a three time New Zealand spearfishing champion and a resident of Taranaki, New Zealand. This is where I grew up so I was pretty stoked to catch up with Pat in his New Plymouth home. In this interview Pat also lays out some practical tips and ideas for scouting a potential area and we dig into some of the key considerations for assessing its dive-worthiness. Listen into our chat here. Pat Swanson Interview Time Stamps 3:00 Pat Swanson introduction and background + Pat's insights into a dive with Shrek 8:00 Influential Book mentioned Hanz Haas - Dive to Adventure Dive New Zealand - Wade 10:00 What were your biggest obstacles starting spearfishing? 12:00 Commercial Diving for Spearos What has been your experience and background commercial diving? What advice would you give to spearos wanting to try commercial diving? What is required of commercial divers? 19:00 Most memorable fish - New Zealand Hapuka 24:00 What is your favorite spearfishing hunting technique and how do you apply it effectively? 30:00 What is one of the toughest situations you've had in the ocean? What happened and what did you learn from it? 34:00 Veterans Vault - Reconnaissance 101 for shore dive spearfishing How do you assess an area? What do you look for? What are your biggest tips for finding spearfishing spots? How to Shore Dive Guide - Part 1 How to Shore Dive Guide - Part 2 3 Online Tools To Find Spearfishing Locations 42:00 Whats been your funniest moments spearfishing? 45:00 What spearfishing equipment do you use? 50:00 Spearo Q&A What is the single best piece of advice you have received for spearfishing? What does the spearfishing experience means to you? Who has been the most influential person to you in your spearfishing and why? If you started spearfishing all over again, what would you do differently? During your 30+ years of spearfishing, what is one of the biggest lessons you have learned? What current challenges do you face in your spearfishing and how do you approach them? Mentioned New Zealand Spearfishing Association Lake Taupo Catfish Cull Challenge Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the discount code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to James Nestors 'Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves' free . Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world . Save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range Sign up for 'The Floater' - Shrek and Turbo's email newsletter Exclusive spearfishing equipment deals The latest blog posts and interviews delivered to your inbox 10 Tips To Become A Better Spearo PDF Access to our Private Facebook group
  3. Interview with Sebastian Kramer Sebastian Kramer is a German born spearo living predominantly in Wellington, New Zealand. An adopted kiwi by choice, Sebastian now trains people about how to freedive and he also takes guided spearfishing trips to various locations in the Pacific including Tonga which is famous for sail fish and dogtooth tuna. In …
  4. Interview with Michael Isbey Matakana Smokehouse Purveyor Michael Isbey joins me to discuss the art (and science) of smoking fish. We chat different types of smokers, brine, fish preparation, what types of fish are great to smoke, ways to serve smoked fish and more. This is a geekout on the Art of Smoking Fish with a bloody good bloke. Important Times 02:40 Michael Isbey from Matakana Smokehouse Introduction 15:30 The Art of Smoking Fish Veterans Vault Smokers? Basic to high end. Costs, brands, pros and cons. Good home units. 26:00 Taking care of fish after the catch. Ike Jime, cutting out the gills, gutting the fish and further preparation 28:40 What kinds of fish work best for smoking? 30:30 How thick should the fillets be? Time considerations. How do you adjust for fish size etc 31:00 Brine | benefits? My mate doesn't like to wet brine at all, he can't get it right, they just turn salty. However with dry brine, his smoked fish tastes awesome. Dry Brine: Rubs and ingredients | secret sauce. Things to experiment with. Planning experiments. 37:00 Serving smoked fish. What is the best? Miso, sandwiches, fresh out of the smoker, pies, pate, salads etc 40:00 Formula vs Art | Is smoking fish a science or an art? 41:45 Smoking other stuff | mussels, octopus, squid, venison, beef? 49:00 Michael's Favorite Fish to Hunt | Tips and Tricks for New Zealand Snapper 53:00 Toughest Situation on the Ocean 55:10 Funniest Time out Spearfishing 57:45 Spearo Q&A Links Mentioned | | Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS!  Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available!  Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing  | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save:) 28-day Freediving Transformation |Equalization Masterclass – Roadmap to Frenzel | Free Courses | Freediving Safety Course | How to Take a 25-30% Bigger Breath!  | The 5 minute Freediver | Break the 10 Meter Barrier – Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $  | ‘Spearo Dad’ | ‘Girls with Gills’ | ‘Jobfish Tribute’
  5. Interview with Rob Harrison | Spearfishing FUNdamentals The Veterans Vault section in this interview will serve as a blueprint for you if you are interested in starting and growing a spearfishing club. Rob Harrison was one of the core members responsible for driving extreme growth in the Auckland Freediving Club membership. Since then he has started a spearfishing training group called Spearfishing FUNdamentals. In this interview he discusses some of the core things clubs need to do to lay a foundation for growth such as having a powerful vision, establishing a cultural/social code, encouraging action oriented discussion and more. As usual there are tips to improve your hunting and freediving techniques along with a few laughs. Enjoy:) Listen & subscribe to the Noob Spearo Podcast A NSP listener (Vaughan Podbielski) reached out to me with this recommendation. "I take part in a spearfishing dedicated training group (pool fitness / Co2 etc and lake depth training), group called Spearfishing FUNdamentals. It's run by a good bugger named Rob Harrison. Rob is also an AIDA Master Instructor. I've just done my AIDA2 with him. Rob also used to be president of the Auckland Freediving Club but now focuses on spearfishing freediving. (also underwater hockey player for NZ)." Here is what Rob had to say about the club. "... we now have a good crew and take turns at writing up the plan and programs. We have done 12 week focused training plans and have had members progress from 10m to 30m divers as a result. The idea for group came about in my last year at the Auckland Freediving Club." Interview Time Stamps 3:00 Intro to Rob Harrison's background and stories starting out scuba diving and then freediving and spearfishing. 7:00 Early obstacles: Breath-hold and bottom time 8:45 Gary Conway early mentor and insights into exploring further species and using competitions to broaden your skills. 12:45 How did you develop your competition strategy? : Awesome tip "Ask the experienced guys after the competition finishes about specific species tactics. They are much more inclined to share rather than before or during. A few beers post comp will yield some awesome info." 17:00 Kings of the Coromandel Competition chat 21:18 Most memorable fish: 43kg (95lbs) Yellowtail Kingfish 26:00 Yellowtail Kingfish Eating Qualities + Robs Carpaccio Sashiimi Kingie Recipe 28:00 Spearfishing competition concept. Junior/Senior Partners 50% fish | 50% recipes 30:00 What is your favourite species to hunt and how do you hunt them effectively? Weedline Hunting: John Dory, Terakihi and Boarfish. Two strategies. Hanging off the weedline and making noise. Getting off the edge, laying facedown, throwing sand up and holding bottom time (keep your fins flat and still). 37:20 Veterans Vault: How to grow a spearfishing club and community How to grow a spearfishing club | Key Points Vision | Mission | Objectives are essential Contributing to social responsibility in a powerful way Develop the leaders and people in the club. Pay for their training. Minimum size of team leadership (5-8 is optimal) Let people use their initiative Have a social contract to build and self-enforce values in the community culture Retrospective club meetings involving BBQ. What are we doing well? What do we need to do more of? What do we need to stop are a few of the questions they asked each other at the meetings. Links to some of the items we discussed. 63:40 What is one of the scariest moments you've had out spearfishing and what did you learn from it? 67:00 One of Rob's funniest experiences 70:00 What's in Robs' divebag 75:00 Spearo Q&A Most influential people in Robs spearfishing and freediving. Jonathan Sunnex (Freediving Instructor). Gary Conway and Craig Carter. During your 30+ years spearfishing slowng down is one of the biggest lesssona hes learned Dream future spearfishing destination is Ascension Island "A way to calm the mind, enjoy the outdoors and catch a feed in one sport" - Rob Harrison Connect with Rob Harrison These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!! Australian Spearfishing Retail Stores Adreno – Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102 Adreno – Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192 Adreno – Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015 Adreno – Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O’Connor, WA, 6163 Spearfishing Superstore – Cairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870 The Dive Shop – Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606 Frogdive – Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068 Spear and Fish Downunder – Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302 Spear West – 2/1 Baden Street, Osborne Park. Western Australia. 6017 Extreme Spearfishing – 1/539 Pitwater Road Brookevale, Sydney NSW 2100 USA Spearfishing Retail Stores The Dive Source – Florida 16 #2, 3721, St Augustine, Florida Oregon Freediving Company – Oregon City 919 7th St, Oregon Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing or James Nestors ‘Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves’ free Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Email jeromy@spearingmagazine.com for a super deal for downunder spearos (Australia/New Zealand/South Africa) Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . Check out the latest in spearfishing fin technology How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Sign up for ‘The Floater’ – Shrek and Turbo’s email newsletter  Join the Noob Spearo
  6. Interview with Duncan Henderson Big chat with final year, mechanical engineering student Duncan Henderson who has spent way too long geeking out on spearguns - you'll see what I mean. We chat shaft length, diameter preferences, rubber diameter (the force triangle) along with common speargun issues. Duncan also relives three terrible poo stories and a memorable Yellowtail Kingfish. Enjoy! Listen & subscribe to the Noob Spearo Podcast on | | | Links Mentioned Important Times 04:35 Duncan Henderson Intro and Welcome 10:00 A memorable Yellowtail Kingfish off Castlepoint, New Zealand 29:00 Veterans Vault Band Diameter (14mm vs 20mm), what is better and why? How much load can a speargun mechanism take? Shaft diameter and length. What combinations/rules of thumb are important? Common issues to look out for when purchasing a speargun Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you.  – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @ 
  7. Interview with 4 Marine Scientists This chat is a panel interview with 4 people passionate and highly educated in Marine Science. We chat about fish fecundity, parasites, equilibrium, threats to the ocean, and best of all, how you can get involved making our oceans healthier. Listen in to a great yarn:) People Involved Irene Middleton: Currently completing a PHD in Marine Biology. Specialist in Weird and Unusual Fish Species Research. What’s that fish FB Group in New Zealand. Libby Liggins: Lecturer at Massey University. Also spears a wee bit. Marine Biologist. David Aguirre: Libby’s Husband: Invertebrates Geek. Spearo as well. Marine Biologist. Blair Herbert: Fish Nerd and gatherer of weird and wonderful species. Isaac aka Shrek (Host): Hopefully asks a few good questions:) Important Times 04:30 Personal Introductions, Specialties & Passions 09:00 Whats that Fish Facebook Group | tracking fish species and range data using crowdsourced info 13:55 Aging fish. Otoliths and other methods 16:30 How Marine Scientists like Libby, Irene and David collect and collate the data 18:20 What are the changes Scientists are observing in the ocean and its inhabitants? 21:30 Purple Urchin | Decimated Tasmanian Abalone. The Kina/Sea Urchin Barren Phenomena 28:30 Basic Marine Biology Concepts Equilibrium and Marine Ecosystems The Food Chain in the Marine Environment Governance and how people interact with the ocean 33:10 How can spearos get more involved in helping good ocean management? Join your local Whats that Fish or Redmap and share your catch information 36:30 Shifting Baseline Phenomena 39:00 Researching Bait 45:30 Parasites and Disease in Fish and Marine Species 57:35 What do Marine Scientists thing are the biggest threats to the Marine Environment? 62:30 Where can people connect with you guys Links Mentioned Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save:) 28-day Freediving Transformation |Equalization Masterclass – Roadmap to Frenzel | Free Courses | Freediving Safety Course | How to Take a 25-30% Bigger Breath! | The 5 minute Freediver | Break the 10 Meter Barrier – Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $ | ‘Spearo Dad’ | ‘Girls with Gills’ | ‘Jobfish Tribute’ How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save!
  8. Interview with Philip Van Zijl - Godfather of The "Spearfishing Mafia"! This episode covers Philip’s spearfishing journey from the jump to competition diving starting in Cape Town, South Africa to New Zealand and plenty of places in between. He’s a champion of the sport, an absolute legend. He’s a major contributor to the spearfishing community, and a big proponent of paying it forward. Something he’s coined “The Spearfishing Mafia”. Our community, sport, and the hobby are niche. It’s even more niche than SCUBA diving. Take advantage of it, and build your network.  Big thanks to Philip for taking the time to “pay it forward” on the Noob Spearo Podcast! This episode is provided to you through the support of  Time Stamps!  10:00 Introduction Philip Van Zijl began diving in Cape Town in 1968 at the young age of 16, without wetsuits and just basic gear taking the train to get to where he needed to be. Yellow tail, crayfish, and other good species were some of his earliest accomplishments, always a good feed! A master of limiting out on crayfish during his years in school. He even paid for a year of his time at university from the fruits of his diving! A strong proponent of speargun awareness, make sure you listen to find out why…  Philip personally procured one of his 120cm spearguns from the legendary Rob Allen, what a story! Think you’re bad about keeping old gear? Philip still has his first catch bag he bought in the 60’s.  26:00 Early struggles spearfishing Personally, rigging your own speargun was a bit more difficult without YouTube… “If you give out kindness, it comes back to you.” – Pay it forward! Learning new spots, on your own – pays dividends later on! Sharing your expertise, and knowledge, doesn’t necessarily mean sharing your spots Proper weighting, weight secure locations (Harness vs. Belt)  31:35 Most memorable catch His last dive in Tauranga, NZ with a mate who brought him to a secret honey hole. 15-20 meters visibility, perfect conditions. Kingfish, historically uncommon for the area but are making a comeback. He was diving with some friends, stomach started to sour, and then returned to the boat. After viewing a bait ball of Kahawai, he grabbed his gear and jumped back into the water. Viewing a school of Kingfish, he pulled the trigger and bagged a PB weighing in at approximately 27 kilos! To hear his second most memorable catch on a “popgun”, tune in to 35:43!  38:50 Favorite species to hunt Snapper, hands down. A challenging quarry, requiring a combination of burly and stealth. 3-4k tops, but no monsters like on the GBR. Slow movements, be calm, don’t look directly *at* them, and let them get within target range. Maintain gun awareness so that when the shot presents itself, it can easily be taken. Learned from losing a 6k Trevally years ago. Learn about the duality of the gun safety discussion here!  42:50 Scariest moments in the ocean While shooting a Blue Moki, the bugger got off the spear and high-tailed it into a crevice. Meanwhile, a surge came and pushed Philip into a crevice in which he was stuck. Every spearo’s nightmare. Trying to remain calm, he considered that a surge which can push you in, can also pull you out. Going for broke, he expelled the air in his lungs to reduce his physical profile and was able to get pulled out on the next surge out to sea. Probably the scariest moment of his life. Lesson learned – be very careful when working a crevice while fishing for crays or otherwise.  48:00 Veterans Vault: The “Spearfishing Mafia” Giving back to the spearfishing community is as important as the sport itself. Hospitality within the spearfishing community is unique to the sport – PAY IT FORWARD! Bring your gear as often as possible when traveling so you never miss an opportunity! Reaching out on social media prior to travel and networking can be an incredible asset When traveling with spearfishing equipment, keep “gun” out of your vocabulary. Just refer to it as fishing equipment. It can save you valuable time Cooler bags can be worth their weight in gold when traveling Sharing spearfishing equipment when mates are traveling can not just save on cost but strengthen relationships Be a good host – it comes back around; when you aren’t, well then it won’t will it? How to avoid losing a knife - use some paracord or dyneema, tie it off to a pencil or other instrument, then tie that to the end of the knife. This way, when you drop the knife (not if, but when) it will stay secured  75:00 Equipment Bag Catch-bags are a must, saves you from going back to your plat “float boat”. Avoid harassment from sea lions, seals, or the tax man by simply using a catch-bag. Actually, saved a fishing competition by using one as the sea lions were going from float to float getting chubby on the hard work of humans. Carry two knives – one on thigh and one on arm. To avoid losing knives, use some paracord or dyneema, tie it off to a pencil or other instrument, then tie that to the end of the knife. This way, when you drop the knife (not if, but when) it will stay secured.  1:06 Spearo Q&A Describe what the spearfishing experience means to you? “My Happy Place, oh and the food.” Single best piece of advice ever given for spearfishing? “Dive to your capabilities, don’t overdo it. Have fun, enjoy it, recharge yourself.” Most influential person in spearfishing to you? Jacques Cousteau, major influence. Spearfishing/Freediving library? 99 Tips to get Better at Spearfishing! Had to start all over, what would you do differently? Get a decent wetsuit, a lot earlier. It makes such a difference. A decent speargun too. OMER fins, good foot pockets. Being comfortable when diving is more important than you think! Carbon fins have made a huge difference, but hey back in the 60’s we didn’t have a choice. Don’t look at the brand, look at the fit, and you’ll appreciate it later. You don’t need to spend a fortune to have an effective dive kit. Who is the best person to go spearfishing with now? I’ve got a Band of Brothers here now. I tell my wife it’s my Portuguese adopted son. There’s a few spearos around here and we all go spearfishing together.   Where can people connect with you? Philip Van Zijl Sr. on Facebook, message me and let’s connect for a chat or a dive! Any parting guidance or wisdom for the community? Set the example. A lot of people have different perspectives of spearos, 90% of us are ethical and moral hunters. Don’t publish death piles. It just gives ammo to the greenies. Pay attention to the size of the fish. If there’s a doubt, don’t shoot. If it’s marginal, don’t shoot. If it’s huge, then its legal. Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions Ted Harty’s Roadmap to Frenzel – Get full access to the Roadmap to Frenzel equalizing class (If you can’t frenzel in 30 days, get a full refund!) 15% Discount Code go to NoobSpearo.com/Ted . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks, you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a free diver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are free diver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzel and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one-hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
  9. Interview with HECs Aquatic's Warren Bird A fast paced Q&A about the HECs Stealth System Wetsuit Technology The HECS technology came on our radar about 12 months ago and we've watched as its progressed. After 6 or more of our former guests all started wearing and benefiting from the HECS technology, we thought it was high time we reached out and got Warren on the show. We also reached out to the and got a hefty number of questions and so we ask them all in this chat. Standout for me in this episode were some of the other lesser known benefits of the suit such as greater warmth factor and durability. Have a listen for yourself and let us know your thoughts in the comment at     Hecs Episode Time Stamps News, iTunes Reviews, Kickstarter Project update, Purple Urchin Removal Event, Fishnerds Podcast Interview 10:00 Warren Bird Introduction Part 1 The HECS Technology What is the Hecs technology? Alex Hill "Can you get him to explain the hecs technology because I have heard a lot of people swear by it but I can’t fathom how it works" What is the faraday cage? How does it work? Where did it come from? This question from Simon Trippe “What the concept was originally thought up for? Spearing fish or something else altogether? How have you tested and proven this technology? Part 2 - The HECS wetsuit Warmth - seams, neoprene. Compression. Do they compress over time? Comfort - fit. Are the suits stiffer? What about range of motion? Range of motion. Spandex, carbon grid and integrating the technology discussion. Getting the suit on and off, is this a challenge? Durability: Padding. Is there a chest loading pad? If you rip a HECs wetsuit, how do you repair it? Is the tech compromised after tearing it? HECs suits 2 degrees Celcius warmer than comparable thickness suits. Function: I like the camo and camo seems very subjective. Does camo work? What are your thoughts? What has made you keep the technology in-house? Spearfishing world reception to HECs: Customer adoption curve. DISCUSSION Spearos are infamous for not being early adopters to technology. Reelguns, roller heads, carbon fiber fins copped a flogging when they arrived on the scene and even the single barbed flopper tip. For spearfishing, innovation adoption has a funny track record. It’s a fact I wrote about a year ago for Adreno, Looking at the about product adoption curve and thinking about where the HECS technology is positioned, where would you say you are? DEVILS ADVOCATE Is there any evidence to prove that the HECS suit gives the spearfishing hunter an advantage? Is it true that HECS is not effective on all species? Spearfishing species don't all use electronic signals for analyzing prey and food? Gio Vitale “Yeah I’m curious how the massive electrical output from a shark shield supposedly doesn't effect fish but a tiny output from a human body supposedly does. Electricity diffuses quickly in water and fish only have a lateral line not ampullae of lorenzini… “ Can’t guys just become better hunters and not need HECS? Does the suit afford an unfair advantage to the diver? And will this mean more fish are taken every year? The crayfish/lobsters seem to be particularly influenced by the HECS technology particularly in the gloves. What is the wear like? How long do they last? Crayfish are tough buggers. If you are a crap hunter will HECS help you to shoot fish? Which story or situation has been your proudest achievement with the HECS suit? More Listener questions Peter McDonald Says “It seems HECS has a strong focus on underwater photography/research potential, however equipment such as cameras emit their own electrical signals that sharks and other animals sense (and often investigate), have you considered attempting camera/equipment covers to prevent any further interference created by these devices? And if not feel free to send me a L/4 Bluewater 3mm for the idea..." Kabir Parker "Is there a new stealth screen coming out in the future. What’s happening in the future for HECS?" Jon Stevens "David J Hochman and Nick Fazah had a discussion yesterday at the seminar about how HECS covers the electrical signals but not the heart rate and how fish read your heart rate. Perhaps a discussion on the podcast on what is more effective “covering electrical signals” or “keeping a low heart rate” and how fish read both." Find HECS here; Former Guests on the show wearing the HECs suit Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. Huge savings with their EASTER SALE! Get DOUBLE savings with our CODE and the EASTER SALE . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing or James Nestors ‘Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves’ free  . Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world . Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . Check out the latest in spearfishing fin technology Use the code noobspearo to save 20% Sign up for ‘The Floater’ – Shrek and Turbo’s email newsletter   
  10. Interview with Anthony Hafoka Learn more at Benefits of CO2 training for spearfishing Fitness – better than altitude training Lose Weight Swimming and Movement in the water The Relaxation>Self Control Reflex Recovery Breathing Time in the Water Increases Red Blood cell count and volume Anthony joins us from New Zealand to chat about his experiences spearfishing and playing underwater hockey. This chat has some great insights about breathing, specifically surface intervals and recovery breathing. I enjoyed the stories and tips about blackout, training and thinking more seriously about buying a dive watch to help you keep a longer surface interval. If you would like to learn about CO2 training benefits then this is a good listen. Time Stamps 5:00 Anthony Hafoka introduction and background 8:00 Obstacles spearfishing and some of the benefits/strengths he had going into it 9:00 Early mentors and opportunities 11:00 Can you share a story about a memorable spearfishing catch? 2 for 1 13:00 Snapper hunting? How did you start successfully targeting them? How do you hunt snapper effectively? What techniques work consistently? How do you burley or chum effectively? 21:00 What is the toughest situation in the ocean you've been in? 24:00 Veterans Vault: Benefits of CO2 training for spearfishing Greater tolerance to higher levels of CO2 from playing Underwater Hockey and Rugby What are physiological benefits of underwater hockey and rugby? How do you recovery breathe? What are some of the other benefits to playing underwater hockey and rugby? What are your insights around surface intervals? 45:00 What is one of the funniest things you've seen out spearfishing? 48:00 What is in your spearfishing divebag? 51:00 Spearo Q&A Mentioned Find Anthony on or Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing or James Nestors ‘Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves’ free  . Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world . Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range  Use the code noobspearo to save 20% Sign up for ‘The Floater’ – Shrek and Turbo’s email newsletter  Exclusive spearfishing equipment deals The latest blog posts and interviews delivered to your inbox 10 Tips To Become A Better Spearo PDF Access to our Private Facebook group  
  11. Interview with Moss Burmester New Zealand multi-discipline competitor Moss Burmester joins us to discuss parallel skills and more from competitive swimming to spearfishing. We learn more about his personal spearfishing journey and the things that keep him pushing for more. Former Kiwi Olympian #886 Moss has lots of advice and experience training and competing at top levels and so this is a great interview if you share a similar drive. Enjoy:)
  12. Interview with Sean Hartley Underwater Hockey A Complimentary Sport for Maintaining Spearfishing Fitness A school teacher by day and a rampant ‘frothing at the lips’ underwater hockey player by night, Sean Hartley is a passionate evangelist for both spearfishing and underwater hockey. If you don’t know much about underwater hockey and would like to know how …
  13. Interview with Wayne Judge Wayne is an absolute gun at coaching spearos to improve their spearfishing. This episode has some excellent takeaways for guys wanting to improve their breath-hold, finning technique and become more effective in the water. He achieves these results by getting people into regular pool training using targeted exercises in a 12 week program. This episode we also dig into hunting Dogtooth Tuna. Despite Wayne being self-deprecating with regards to his hunting ability, we get a tonne of actionable intel from him in order to hunt Dogtooth Tuna successfully. Do not miss this episode - subscribe to the Noob Spearo Podcast via the links below. Listen in for some Wayne Judge spearfishing training tips! Interview Time Stamps 7:00 Wayne Judge's spearfishing origins | Sydney spearfishing and the North Shore Underwater Crew 13:00 Wayne shares the story of the one that got away 14:45 Memorable spearfishing experience starting spearfishing with his son Ant Judge 16:30 Advice for guys getting started spearfishing in South East Queensland 17:30 What is your favorite species to hunt spearfishing? Dogtooth Tuna 17:45 What are some tips for hunting Dogtooth Tuna 23:00 What is the toughest situation you've had in the ocean? 27:40 Veterans Vault - Wayne Judge Spearfishing Training - in the pool What are you most proud of as a freediving coach? How do you train for spearfishing? Why can't guys just spearfish more? What does your training program look like? What progress can people expect from doing a 12 week program? What is CO2 training? What is O2 training? Can you give us a specific example of one pool training method for spearfishing? What are the problems you see consistently with spearos? Audience questions. How important are surface intervals? What is your opinion on purge valves? 68:00 What is the funniest thing you have experienced out in the ocean? Find Wayne Judge on Find These spearfishing retailers now have 99 Tips in stock!! (let your retailer know that they should stock it!)  Adreno - Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102 Adreno - Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192 Adreno - Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015 Adreno - Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O'Connor, WA, 6163 Spearfishing Superstore - Cairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870 The Dive Shop - Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606 Frogdive - Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068 Spear and Fish Downunder - Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302 Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing or James Nestors ‘Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves’ free Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Email jeromy@spearingmagazine.com for a super deal for downunder spearos (Australia/New Zealand/South Africa) Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . Check out the latest in spearfishing fin technology Sign up for ‘The Floater’ – Shrek and Turbo’s email newsletter 
  14. Full shownotes https://www.noobspearo.com/noob-spearo-podcast/catherine Interview with Catherine Sayce Catherine Sayce is a Kiwi airline attendant/insta speara star renown for her sharp sense of humour and self-deprecating wit. She's also New Zealand most disqualified female spearo - and we talk about how to avoid this in the Veterans Vault and have some good laughs along the way. Listen out for some great info on hunting Wahoo. Links Mentioned in this Episode Noob Spearo Community on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/noobspearocommunity/ Noob Spearo on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/noobspearo North Florida Shootout Spearfishing competition Freshwater World Spearfishing Competition Interview Guide + time stamps 08:00 Catherine meet and greet. Background and banter 11:30 Introduction to spearfishing. "Grabbing my fear by the balls" - Catherine Sayce 15:00 Awesome dive buddies 15:40 International spearfishing trips | Forrest Gallante 24:00 Most Memorable Fish Capture | Wahoo - get closer! "(With Wahoo) Don't make eye contact with the fish but check out all the detail in the fish's eye" - Catherine Sayce 32:00 What does THOT mean? Duncan Henderson 34:20 What is the toughest situation you've had out spearfishing? 44:00 Veterans Vault: Avoiding Disqualification in Spearfishing Competitions Paying attention at briefing Monitoring times (particularly time back at ramp, time at briefing) Time management (wear a dive watch) Read the competition rules 51:00 Fish Identification | Learning the species, the rules and regulations governing their capture. Also how to identify in water and spend the time to correctly identify the fish before squeezing the trigger 55:00 Shark Controversy Discussion 62:00 Funniest Moment Spearfishing | Poo Rock and Prizes 65:00 What's in your spearfishing dive bag? 68:00 Spearo Q&A Who have been the most influential people in your spearfishing? What is your next fish goal? 72:00 Concluding remarks and wisdom:) Connect with Catherine on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cattrin_/ Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable. Use the code:NOOB to save! | Softcover available here EVERY Online Immersion (Ted Harty) class available at 28-day Freediving Transformation – Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks, you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a free diver.  Additionally, learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass – If you are free diver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzel and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving – 19 one-hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
  15. Darren Shields 6 Time New Zealand Spearfishing Champion Darren Shields is a name synonymous with New Zealand Spearfishing. Darren is the managing director of Wettie – NZ’s premier spearfishing brand. He has featured in numerous spearfishing DVD’s and YouTube Video’s and some of his tutorial videos are available here at noobspearo.com. Enjoy this interview as …
  16. Interview with Ant Judge Freedive training for spearfishing. In a pool, in the ocean, in a lake, Ant is adamant that training improves your techniques so that you can improve your spearfishing. In this interview Ant lays out some gold nuggets about not only the advantages of pool training but also some specific techniques that you can try. As an experienced and highly regarded freediving instructor this interview has tonnes of insights and also provides a compelling reason why everyone should do a freediving course.
  17. Rochele Davey (Potter) is a multiple spearfishing world (and NZ) record holder for many species. I was privileged to spend 4 days with her, Nat (her husband), Rosie and James for a dynamite spearfishing trip in New Zealand. Late on the second day after diving all day, I sat down with Rochele and had the privilege of listening to her spearfishing journey. From adapting a purchase system on roller spearguns to being dragged behind a 107lb Yellowtail Kingfish through a dangerous channel, this interview has plenty of awesome moments! Listen in:) This episode was recorded on the back deck of Florence Nightingale IV, a 60 Crayfishing Boat at the Three Kings Islands, New Zealand in early March, 2020. Thanks to who funded this (and every) Noob Spearo trip!   Important Times 05:00 Rochele Davey nee Potter introduction and greetings 11:40 A few of Rochele's Spearfishing World Records. 48.8KG (107 lb) Yellowtail Kingfish Battle 17:50 How the spearfishing journey began for Rochele 23:25 Beuchat Spearfishing Wetsuits | Orange Safety Spot feature 26:00 Rochele's favourite species to hunt and how to hunt them effectively | New Zealand Snapper (Pagrus auratus) 30:00 Scariest Moments in the Ocean 36:15 Struggles learning to spearfish Planning a hunt from the surface Adopting a hunters finning technique Working through speargun reloading and adopting a roller with a purchase system 49:45 Rochele's Underwater Photography Journey 56:30 "Don't feel you have to shoot the fish in the head. Just shoot it!" Links Mentioned @rochele.potter and Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save:) How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save! 28-day Freediving Transformation |Equalization Masterclass - Roadmap to Frenzel | Free Courses | Freediving Safety Course | How to Take a 25-30% Bigger Breath! | The 5 minute Freediver | Break the 10 Meter Barrier - Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $ | 'Spearo Dad' | 'Girls with Gills' | 'Jobfish Tribute'

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