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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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Feb 13, 2018

Interview with Chris Dillon

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Spearfishing hunting techniques for days in this interview. Cris walks us through techniques he has used to successfully hunt Bohar Snapper, Kuta (Spanish Mackerel), and Yellowfin Tuna. In the Veterans Vault Cris shares 9 huge spearfishing tips and at least a few will surprise you. His preparation for this interview was excellent and the information shared is absolutely gold. With several world records, countless spearfishing  in exotic locations and his practical South African manner Cris is a real wealth of knowledge and this interview is brilliant.

I have to admit it, I'm spewing I missed this chat with Cris. Due to time and work and pressures I couldn't make it so yesterday I had a few rum and cokes and listened to Turbo's first solo interview with Cris and I really enjoyed it. This is a lekker chat with a cool bloke! I sat there taking notes at times as Chris lays out some great insights and tips that he's learned from countless hours spearfishing, talking and watching legends spear and applying his own research and theories. The things that stood out particularly for me were his breath-up technique, 3 specific species hunting techniques, Bok Koors (Buck fever in Afrikaans) and his passion for the sport. Have a listen!


Time Stamps

4:00 Cris's background and beginnings spearfishing. Stealing his Fathers speargun with his brother and getting into mischief with his love of the water. Underwater hockey, triathlons and Lake Kariba.

7:00 Spearfishing Mentors: Mark Jackson and Adriaan Kriel (AK)

11:00 What changes and improvements did you see when you got more serious about spearfishing in your early 40's?

14:00 What are some of your most memorable spearfishing catches?

The 3 special fish he landed!

  • Bluefin Tuna Spearfishing World Record 120 kg
  • 115 kg Yellowfin Tuna on Ascension Island
  • Word Record Bohar Snapper (Twin Spot) - 12.7kg

The 3 that got away!

  • Black Marlin
  • Cob in South Africa
  • Wahoo

21:00 Bluewater Speargun discussion

25:00 Spearfishing Hunting Techniques -avoiding 'Bok Koors'

  1. Bohar Snapper Hunting Techniques
  2. Spearfishing Hunting Techniques for Spanish Mackerel (Kuta or Kingfish)
  3. Spearfishing Yellowfin Tuna Techniques

37:00 What has been your toughest situation in the ocean?

47:00 Veterans Vault - 9 Top Tips for Spearo's

  1. Less is more. Equipment KISS
  2. Relaxation, breathing cycle and technique
  3. Buoyancy. How much is right?
  4. Trophy fish
  5. Use a belt reel if you dive with a reelgun
  6. If you get a new mask spend 10 minutes per lens with toothpaste to eliminate fog.
  7. Carry decongestants
  8. Always carry a spare weightbelt on the boat > this removes any decision making conflict about dropping it.
  9. De-tension your rollergun rubbers when you are not using it.

61:00 What has been your funniest moment out spearfishing?

65:00 What is your go-to spearfishing equipment?

Spearfishing Equipment Mentioned

  • Alemanni Inverted Roller Speargun - Bluewater Canon
  • Riffe Winged Speargun - Bluewater Canon
  • Rob Allen Belt Reel
  • Rabitech Rubber, Spearguns and Equipment
  • Spierre Fins and Salvimar
  • HECs Wetsuits
  • Elios Wetsuits
  • Alchemy Weightbelt
  • Omer Alien Mask and Sporasub Snorkel
  • SportsTube Travel Case

"Put a hole between your big toe and the rest of your toes to let the water drain out after dives." - Cris Dillon

75:00 Spearo Q&A

  • Could you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you in one sentence?
  • If you could go back and give yourself some advice, what advice would you give yourself?
  • What current challenges do you face in your spearfishing and how ate you dealing with them?
  • Who is the best person to go spearfishing and why?

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