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"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

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"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

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Jul 20, 2021

Interview with Derek Marshall Dunning

Today's episode is with Derek Marshall Dunning, president of the South African Underwater Fishing Federation, founder of DMD Fins, freediving instructor, national judge, master freediver and absolute spearfishing nut in Cape Town, South Africa! He along with South African Freediving Federation president Matt Stow (referenced in the episode a few times), run NAUI Freediving Africa and offer a wide variety of freediving and spearfishing courses. Find out about spearfishing in Cape Town, how to hunt local fish like Cape Bream (known as Hotties to the locals) Mussel Cracker and Red Roman, some great ways to cook Yellowtail and some remedies for difficult equalization. You can buy a pair of fins from him as well and you can do one of his courses and if you're in Cape Town come and join the Blue Spearos Spearfishing Club, they have a telegram group that is full of people who love spearfishing!

We hope you enjoy this episode, let us know what you think in the comments!

Important times:

  • 00:12 Welcome back to the Noob Spearo Podcast!
  • 06:55 Welcome Derek
  • 07:42 How long have you been involved in spearfishing in South Africa?
  • 08:38 Was freediving natural to you?
  • 10:36 Getting back into the water
  • 11:16 You have a sticky left ear, tell us about your equalizing history
  • 12:38 What do you do to fix this?
  • 13:45 Medicine or training your body to equalize better?
  • 14:22 Cortisone
  • 15:22 Snort salt water
  • 15:32 Tell me about your courses
  • 17:15 Weighting for new divers
  • 20:01 TV interview about spearfishing
  • 22:32 The value of teaching basic skills
  • 23:24 What common problems do you find in your students?
  • 24:47 "How do you hold your breath for longer?"
  • 25:26 Diving with better divers and spearfishing clubs
  • 26:48 Memorable fish in SA and how to hunt Mussel Cracker
  • 28:59 Recipes
  • 29:56 Yellowtail recipes
  • 32:54 Merits of diving in the shallows
  • 34:43 Competitions
  • 35:36 Tell us about conditions in Cape Town
  • 37:51 We travel for big fish
  • 38:37 What is your approach to spearfishing?
  • 39:40 Cape Bream - The Hottentot, good eating?
  • 40:21 How do you find Cape Bream and Red Roman?
  • 41:28 What is an experience that scared you?
  • 43:39 We went through a series of Matt being a dick
  • 44:52 You meet a lot of interesting people and make good friends
  • 45:42 Veterans Vault: DMD Fin
  • 47:43 Plastic fins vs composites vs carbon
  • 51:17 I was a gearslut with a rolling tab at Rabitech
  • 52:10 The value of pool training and being in a club
  • 53:33 The value of doing a spearfishing course
  • 54:09 The history of spearfishing clubs in Cape Town
  • 55:45 Fuzzy takes new spearos out into the sea
  • 56:14 Enter the competitions
  • 58:15 What foot pockets have you settled on?
  • 59:14 Woman in spearfishing in SA, Mariette De Jager and Talya Davidoff
  • 01:01:32 Competitive freediving vs spearfishing - head space
  • 01:03:57 What makes a good spearo, my fish nemesis
  • 01:06:21 More funny stories
  • 01:08:52 What's in your dive bag?
  • 01:10:21 What is Hydroglide?
  • 01:12:10 Where can people buy your gear?
  • 01:14:37 Spearo Q&A
    • Best piece of advice you've been given for spearfishing
    • If you could start over, what would you do differently?
    • What's something you do differently in your spearfishing?
    • What does spearfishing mean to you?
  • 01:16:46 "If there's water, we dive" - Thank you Derek!
  • 01:18:54 Sam Veasey's voice message
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