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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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Mar 28, 2018

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 Noob Spearo Community on Facebook 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

  1. 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"
  2. What is the faraday cage? How does it work?
  3. Where did it come from? This question from Simon Trippe “What the concept was originally thought up for? Spearing fish or something else altogether?
  4. How have you tested and proven this technology?
  5. Riley Elliot HECs demonstration video
  6. HECs Aquatic Site - Justin Lee Vid

Part 2 - The HECS wetsuit

  1. Warmth - seams, neoprene.
  2. Compression. Do they compress over time?
  3. Comfort - fit. Are the suits stiffer? What about range of motion?
  4. Range of motion. Spandex, carbon grid and integrating the technology discussion.
  5. Getting the suit on and off, is this a challenge?
  6. 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?
  7. HECs suits 2 degrees Celcius warmer than comparable thickness suits.
  8. Function: I like the camo and camo seems very subjective. Does camo work? What are your thoughts?
  9. 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, here is the article about spearfishing innovation.

Looking at the about product adoption curve and thinking about where the HECS technology is positioned, where would you say you are?


  • 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. HECS on Crayfish Video
  • 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."

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Former Guests on the show wearing the HECs suit

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