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The Freedive Spearfishing podcast

Join Shrek as he interviews spearfishing experts, authorities and characters from around the world.

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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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May 12, 2018

Interview with Eckhart Benkenstein

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Episode 81 is all things Crayfish aka Lobster. We learn about finding them, approaching them, grabbing them and even killing and cooking them. If you haven't started catching crayfish yet then this is a great place to start. This interview is also our longest one and its for good reason as Eckhart takes us all over the place. We discuss good boating practices, hunting tactics, equipment pro's and con's and find out about his early days spearfishing in South Africa. This is a cool chat with a great bloke who lives, dives and works in the Melbourne area alongside previous guest, Sven Franklin. If you are interested in helping Eckhart out with his drive to collect wetsuits for his South African waves for change project, please look further below for details.


00:00 Shout outs and spearfishing news

04:30 Getting started in Namibia. Early beginnings chasing crayfish and starting to see fish.

11:00 First fish with borrowed gear

16:00 Obstacles. Learning weather and conditions. Poor habits with surface intervals and lessons learned.

24:00 Spearfishing boats - keeping divers safe and being a good boatie

37:50 Memorable fish story - White Mussel Cracker

46:00 Spearfishing hunting techniques

Catching Crayfish with Eckhart

51:45 Veterans Vault - how to find and hunt crayfish or lobster

  • Where can people find out more about their crayfishery?
  • What equipment do you need for catching crayfish?
  • How do you find them? How do you find a good hole?
  • How do you position yourself for grabbing a crayfish?
  • How do you grab them?
  • How big do they get there in Melbourne?
  • How do you cook them?
  • Discussion about storing them, killing them, and parboiling
  • Hole diving and looking after each other


85:00 What has been your funniest experience out spearfishing?

88:00 What is in your dive bag from head to toe?

  • Huge discussion on spearfishing equipment

105:00 Spearo Q&A

  1. Can you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you in one sentence?
  2. What is the single best piece of advice you've been given for spearfishing?
  3. Who has been the most influential person or people in your spearfishing?
  4. During your 15 years of spearfishing, what is the single biggest lesson?
  5. If you could go spearfishing anywhere and had an unlimited budget, where would you go?

Find Eckhart on Social Media at Salt Session Freediving

 Waves for change - wetsuit donations wanted for South Africa. Drop them at Adreno stores in Melbourne

Address: 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VICTORIA 3192, Australia (find out more about Waves for Change here)

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