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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 15, 2022

Interview with Matthew Novakovich

Today's interview is with Matthew Novakovich, the man behind Ocean State Spearguns! Born out of seeing a need that he could fulfill, Ocean State Spearguns are hand-crafted timber spearguns that can be customized to your liking! Want a big mid-handle 5 band blue water speargun? Or how about a short speargun for low viz diving and shooting in caves? Matthew has you covered! Starting as a small hobby, he gave Cameron Kirkconnell one of his spearguns to test and he's been making more ever since! Doing most of his diving in the usually dirty and cold Atlantic, he has learned a thing or two about making robust spearguns that work well and look good while doing it. Check out to see what he's doing!

He has some great insights into barotrauma and has a story about how it almost ended his diving career but more importantly - how he responded. If you have a barotrauma and are being told you'll never dive again then give the Divers Alert Network (DAN) a call! Visit their website and view all of their medical info here! Not all injuries are permanent!


Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 02:30 Hello and welcome Matthew!
  • 03:55 You have some nice fish over there like Tautog
  • 05:00 David Hochman @SpearItCharters
  • 05:55 Tell us about Ocean State Spearguns
  • 11:15 How do you make your spearguns?
  • 12:40 How many spearguns are you making? Are you making spearguns full time?
  • 15:00 So you started spearfishing again after 15 years!
  • 16:15 What are your diving conditions like?
  • 18:00 Did you just shoredive? What type of diving are you doing?
  • 19:50 What was a memorable fish to hunt?
  • 21:22 Colour grading your footage
  • 23:25 Striped bass?
  • 26:30 Biggest obstacles you faced starting again
  • 30:40 How much time did your efforts take to benefit your diving?
  • 31:30 Did your dive buddies progress with you or were some more experienced?
  • 35:00 Is your dad spearfishing now too?
  • 36:55 Scary stuff: Barotrauma
  • 40:00 Pin holes in wetsuit ears
  • 41:00 What did the doctor say? You can never dive again!
  • 42:00 What did the DAN doctors say? Yes you probably can! Dive medicine is sometimes more specialized than most doctors have experience with
  • 49:30 What's next with Ocean State Spearguns? Rollers?
  • 52:30 Social media
  • 54:20 Componants
  • 57:05 Shafts
  • 57:50 Do you any do any off-shore bluewater diving?
  • 58:40 Do you get a guide when traveling?
  • 59:40 Travel speargun?
  • 01:01:40 Funny stuff
  • 01:04:50 What gear is in your dive bag? Mako and Salvimar wetsuit
  • 01:06:00 Mako fiberglass fins
  • 01:07:10 How long is your 'warm' season?
  • 01:08:15 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:10:00 The speargun building community is great! Where should people look to find out more?
  • 01:11:00 Thank you for being on the show!
  • 01:11:45 Outro


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