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The Freedive Spearfishing podcast

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Noob Spearo Podcast listeners are saying;

"This podcast has improved my diving dramatically. I binged listened to all the old episodes over a few weeks and I'm completely caught up now. I take notes on my phone to further research anything the guests or the hosts (Turbo and Shrek) talk about or suggest to do. Over the last 4 months I've gone from a 5 meter pot shot diver to a 12 meter+ diver with over 1:30 dive times and good fish to show for it. All thanks to the information these guys have put out in this podcast. Keep up the great work!" - Kurty

"This is the first podcast I've ever listened to, and I am averaging about 4 episodes a day since that first listen. These guys are awesome and so are there guests! Best motivation to do training! Only problem is I'll run out of episodes soon and have to wait a whole week for a new one..." Pete

"The amount of tip, ideas and laughs I've had from Shrek and Turbo and it has all improved my spearfishing 10 fold. Essential for any spearo, and highly recommend it, you won't regret it! Always hanging for the next episode! Keep it up boys! And while your at it get their book 99 tips to get better at spearfishing! Yew!!!" - Yupz

"Have been listening to Turbo and Shrek for a while now and those weirdos make me come back every time for more.... even though I'm located in Southern California. I guess I'm stoked to hear how people catch their fish all over the world!! Keep it coming boys." - Sebastian

"Guys, honestly, This podcast has been amazing fuel since my surf buddy and I started spearing just over three months ago on the southern california coast. We're pretty much just shore divers right now, but we've been hitting calico bass, yellowtail tuna, and sheepshead by just jumping off the beaches. We're starting to meet some people with boats so we're stoked. My pre-dive tradition is getting amped off a noob spearo podcast before I hop into the water after work. Keep them coming because I just finished listening to the 17th episode and I felt a little post partum depression coming on. I've learned loads from your show and need to keep soaking up the wisdom. Thanks!" - DippnDotts

"I recently got into spearfishing and couldn't believe my luck when I found this podcast after a random search. Not only are Shrek and Turbo incredibly funny and easy to listen too - but the way they have formatted the show is really engaging, informative and interesting. Hearing from Pros and veterans is invaluable to a newb like me and the information from these podcasts alone has made a world of difference to my diving and hunting. So if you're like me and your absolutely loving the sport and simply can't get enough info on and about spearfishing this is the podcast for you! Well done guys, you're keeping me well and truly stoked! sterling job!!" - Stu in Southern California

"Been an avid podcast listener for nearly a decade and this is my first review. This podcast is laid back, informative and absolutely essential for the new spearo. Great list of domestic and international guests. The most dangerous time for a spearo is in those first few months and It's good to know there is a easily accessible resource that I can point my mates to when they are starting out. Cheers shrek and turbo!" - CoxyADF



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Nov 30, 2017

Interview with James Nestor

This is a wide ranging, free flowing chat with James Nestor, the Author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells us About Ourselves. I found out that James is also a spearo and came to it through freediving. Spearfishing was the logical next step after pairing his strong sense of responsibility towards the ocean, along with his new found passion freediving. His selective mindset towards fishing is awesome and its something that many of us recognize in our own spearfishing mindsets. In this interview we delve into his experience starting both freediving and spearfishing, which were both unusual introductions to say the least. We also discuss his bestselling book Deep and many of the situations and information that intrigued me.

If you have a lot of curiosity about the ocean in which we spend countless hours chasing fish, then you will enjoy this chat and probably the deep book as well (links to everything we chat about as well as the book are below). Listen in:)


James Nestor Interview Time Stamps

4:00 James Nestor Introduction (thanks to Chris Schlenner who recommended the Deep book and suggested we have an interview!)

  • How did you get introduced to freediving?
  • Who were your biggest freediving influences?

9:00 Overview of some of the freediving concepts discussed in the Deep book

  • What is the masterswitch?
  • How do people tap into the mammalian dive reflex?
  • What intrigued you so much about freediving?

11:00 What were some of your obstacles getting started freediving?

17:00 How were you introduced to spearfishing?

25:00 What is one of the toughest situations you've been in in the ocean?

27:00 Veterans Vault

Marine Mammal Communication

  • What is the experience like diving with sperm whales?
  • What are some of the research challenges that freediving is helping to overcome?
  • What are you guys investigating currently with marine mammal communication?

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Freediving Physiology

  • What do you understand about blood-shift?
  • What other physiological responses do our bodies have to freediving at depth?
  • Can diet affect or improve our freediving performance?

Mentioned in the interview are these people and situations:

  • Herbert Niches deep dive injury
  • Diving with the Ama (ancient Japanese female diving group)
  • The conservation aspect of spearfishing
  • Taking a homemade submarine journey down to depth
  • Diving with sperm whales
  • Magneto reception and magnetic fields
  • Aquarius Underwater Research Station

52:00 What is one of the funniest things you have seen spearfishing?

54:00 What is in your spearfishing equipment bag?

58:00 California Spearfishing and Abalone diving

60:00 Spearo | Freediver Q & A

  1. What is the best advice you have received freediving or spearfishing?
  2. Who has been the most influential person in your freediving and spearfishing?
  3. What are the current challenges you face freediving and spearfishing?
  4. Who is your favorite person to go spearfishing with and why?
  5. What three pieces of advice would you give to someone starting spearfishing?

Websites and Articles Mentioned

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves

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