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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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Sep 1, 2022

Interview with Gunther Pfrengle

Today's live interview is with Gunther Pfrengle at Adreno Sydney! An absolute legend in the spearing community, spearfishing for almost 5 decades now, he has had more than his fair share of action out in and on the water. From spearing a 282kg tuna on camera to powerboat records going full steam in thick fog, dealing with sharks to competing in the deepest ever spearfishing competition in Greece, Gunther has had a few exciting experiences! Learn what drove him to get into the water and what kept him there for all these years. Pranger vs flopper, dual weight systems, competition spearing stories and tips and so much more. Have a listen and let us know what you think!


Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 03:50 Welcome Gunther, your reputation proceeds you!
  • 04:50 Growing up in Bundeena
  • 05:25 Early start in the water
  • 07:30 Starting competition spearfishing 1973 and being in a club
  • 11:00 Reality of commercial abalone diving
  • 15:00 Scary story and how spearfishing saved 2 lives
  • 20:30 Sydney to Hobart powerboat record
  • 22:20 Full throttle through thick fog!
  • 24:50 Underwater vertigo and blackouts: what is it like going to the edge?
  • 26:30 How do you draw the line? When is too deep?
  • 28:50 Tragedy strikes and close calls in the early freediving competitions
  • 33:20 Freediving vs spearfishing: Adrenaline changes the game
  • 40:00 The value of competition diving
  • 43:25 Shrek is your partner for his first ever spearfishing competition: what does he need to know?
  • 45:13 Using 2 weight-belts: a harness and a weightbelt
  • 47:10 Where do you attach a dive knife?
  • 49:10 What is your strategy for competition scoring? What do you target first and where do you go first?
  • 53:50 Code brown stories
  • 55:15 Spearo community and friends: what makes a good dive buddy?
  • 56:25 Floats and flags
  • 58:35 What is in your gear bag? Pranger vs flopper
  • 01:03:50 282kg Bluefin Tuna
  • 01:09:20 Bull in the water vs bull on the land!
  • 01:12:50 Spearfishing Greece: the deepest competition ever!
  • 01:19:30 Shallow hunting
  • 01:20:50 How often should you be diving to be a good comp diver?
  • 01:21:30 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:24:10 What does the spearfishing experience mean to you these days?
  • 01:25:15 The shark situation, what are your thoughts?
  • 01:30:25 Commercial shark fishing
  • 01:32:30 That video scared a lot of spearos, should we keep spearfishing with all these sharks around?
  • 01:34:50 Buddy diving with sharks
  • 01:37:10 Audience Q&A: What's your favourite species to target?
  • 01:43:00 Fish back in the day vs now
  • 01:50:00 12inch prangers
  • 01:51:30 Other tips learned from experience
  • 01:54:10 Josh Bollen: Do you lose meat with a pranger?
  • 01:55:05 Thank you Gunther!
  • 01:55:45 Outro
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