Spearfishing and Freediving

Spearfishing and Freediving

Episode 75: David Ochoa – Part 2

David Ochoa Part 2 -- spearfishing guide, Indo, Madagascar, Mexico, filming underwater

In Episode 75 we connect back with David Ochoa, one of my favorite spearos on the planet, and hear stories from the past six months of guiding and filming spearfishing trips around the world. David takes through his time scouting and leading spearfishing trips in Madagascar, Mexico, Azores, Panama, and Indonesia. David describes his version of fish paradise in Indo, sharing stories of huge fish and pristine waters. We hear stories of New Zealand and of David’s massive kingie / yellowtail wrapping up at 40 meters deep and the group effort to bring the fish back to the boat. David talks about his recent film, Agua Negra, The Movie (which I love) and connecting with Red Bull to film their events. As always, David provides an amazing perspective on maintaining respect for the ocean, the fish we take, and the people we visit in our travels.

Thanks for sharing David’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out Agua Negra on Vimeo and amazing photos and videos of David on Instagram. You can hear David’s Part 1 episode here.

This Ocean Life Podcast David Ochoa

Episode 74: Ryan Levinson – Pt 2

Ryan Levinson Part 2 - muscular dystrophy at sea, living afloat in French Polynesia, rediscovering the bodyboard

In Episode 74 we check back in Ryan Levinson, a hard charging man of the water living with Muscular Dystrophy in the waters of French Polynesia. Ryan recaps the past 6 months living on a sail catamaran in Tahitian waters with wife Nicole. We hear of them making the move to their new catamaran after being passed by that boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean en route from Mexico and the learning curve to life on a new, larger boat. Ryan shares the day to day routine of life in the Tahitian Islands, scuba diving, kite boarding, sailing, and the relationships they’ve made with other cruisers. Ryan shares perspective on riding waves with the bodyboard in the heavy Tahitian surf as his continued loss of muscle makes it more and more challenging to ride waves. We hear about a perfect paradise island that he and Nicole have found with incredible surf and amazing local people (which Ryan is keeping secret — I’m going to get it out of him :)).

Thanks for sharing Ryan’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Ryan and Nicole on their Facebook page, Instagram page and epic YouTube Channel, Two Afloat.

Please also check out the adaptive sports organizations that Ryan works with:

https://www.challengedathletes.org

https://stokeforlife.org/

This Ocean Life Podcast Ryan Levinson

Episode 68: Alo Slebir

Alo Slebir - charging Mavericks at age 17, board paddling, spearfishing

In episode 68 we visit with Alo Slebir, a 17-year old man born and bred for the water who is up for a WSL Big Wave Paddle Award for the 2018/19 winter. Alo takes us through his progression surfing big Steamer Lane before finding his passion for the waves at Mavericks at age 14, the mentors who inspired and guided him, along with his perspective on that wave and the changes he’s seen in the lineup over a few short years. Alo shares stories of being addicted to the Powerlines videos of Mavericks as a young kid, competitive surfing in the local Santa Cruz scholastic league, his love for downwind prone paddling (just like dear old dad), and recent love for freediving and spearfishing. We also hear stories of surf trips to Mainland Mexico and a recent, epic trip to Iceland. Plenty to be inspired by from this young man of the water.

Thanks for sharing Alo’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on his Instagram page.

This Ocean Life Podcast Alo Slebir

Episode 67: Dan Semrad

Dan Semrad - Oregon freediving, spearfishing, training others

In Episode 67 we speak with Dan Semrad, founder of Oregon Freediving Company and life-long man of the water. Dan takes us through his evolution from scuba diving into freediving sharing stories on the people and places along the way such as Honduras, Grand Cayman, Hawaii, and more. Dan shares his perspective on training others through his work with PFI and NAUI while pushing his own breath hold limits. We hear of underwater blackouts and rescues while diving and hunting fish in the dark waters of the Oregon coast and adventures in Alaska with Dan’s thoughts on learning techniques to pursue new types of fish and enjoying the overall pursuit.

Thanks for sharing Dan’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Dan on his Instagram page and website – if you’re interested in freedive training definitely hit him up.

This Ocean Life Podcast Dan Semrad

Episode 55: Ted Harty

Ted Harty - Freediving instructor, record holder, Immersion Freediving program

In Episode 55 we speak with Ted Harty, a man dedicated to helping freedivers around the world stay safe and and enjoy this great sport.Ted takes us through leaving his 9-5 corporate job for a life of scuba diving in the Florida Keys and ultimately finding his passion for freediving. We hear of Ted’s pursuit to improve his freediving skills, training with some of the best in the world, and becoming a highly successful competitive freediver where he set a US National record for dynamic apnea. Along the way Ted became the US National Freediving Coach and found another passion for helping others to be safe in the water. Ted takes us through his approach to developing his Immersion Freediving training program that provides both in-water and online components intended to educate divers anywhere on how to dive safe. Ted also shares the recent launch of www.FreeDivingSafety.com, an amazing online resource of information for all freedivers.

Thanks for sharing Ted’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on Instagram and Facebook pages. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com — enter coupon code OCEANLIFE to receive 20% off all online courses!!

Episode 44: Cooper Family

Cooper Family - Sailing the South Pacific (Pt 1)

In Episode 44 we share part 1 of multiple episodes with the Cooper Family who left their life in Santa Cruz to sail the South Pacific for 2 years. We hear from both Brian and Robyn Cooper about their 6-year path leading up to today where they are days away boarding a plane for Fiji with their young daughters where their new home, a 45 foot sailing ketch, waits for them on the water. We hear of Brian’s background with boats, fishing, and surfing that generated his approach to this new life on a boat and the unlimited challenges he expects to face. Robyn shares her story of having the lifelong dream to live full-time on a boat in tropical waters, her approach to learn sailing, and the logistics that goes into planning and packing for a family of four. We will plan to speak again with the Coopers in mid-2019 to hear how their trip has gone and how their own perspective on family life, sailing, and living aboard may have changed. 

Thanks for sharing Brian and Robyn’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of them on Facebook.

Stoked Grom Stories: Cole Renfrew

Stoked Grom: Cole Renfrew - surfer, spear fisherman, Junior Lifeguard

In our first episode of Stoked Grom Stories we talk with Cole Renfrew, a surfer, spear fisherman, and Junior Lifeguard. Cole shares his stories of surfing at Steamer Lane with his crew of friends, the beauty of diving and spearing fish in the kelp forests of Big Sur, and his passion for competitive surfing. Cole talks about following in the goofy-footed footsteps of his father and does an amazing job answering the grom question lightening round.

Thanks for sharing Cole’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Cole on his Instagram page.

Episode 39: George Scheppler

George 'Schepp' Scheppler - Navy Rescue Swimmer, Ocean Athlete Trainer

In Episode 39 we speak with George ‘Schepp’ Scheppler, a man inspired by 9-11 to dedicate his strength in the water to serving the American people. Schepp takes us through his youth in the waters of Cape Cod on the U.S East Coast, the story of the moments he felt compelled to serve his country as a rescue swimmer in the U.S Navy, and his time training and traveling the world in that capacity. We hear of Schepp’s open ocean swimming with full rescue gear (!), his passion for supporting the veteran community, and his focus for helping others find their strength and safety in the water through the Coastal Athlete Program. Schepp is super inspirational and a pleasure to listen to — very thankful to have him on the show.

Thanks for sharing Schepp’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on Instagram, Coastal Athlete Program website, and Facebook.

This Ocean Life Podcast Schepp Navy Rescue Swimmer

Episode 38: Weldon Wade

Weldon Wade - Protecting Bermuda’s Waters, Diving, Taking on Invasive Lionfish

In Episode 38 we speak with Weldon Wade, a man dedicated to protecting the waters of Bermuda. Weldon shares his stories of discovering his love for free diving, scuba diving, being underwater active in the cause of ocean preservation. We hear of the challenges Bermuda faces around plastics pollution and invasive lionfish with stories of Weldon’s dedication for coordinating his own Guardians of the Reef, the local community, and other organizations to tackle these challenges head on. Weldon provides a ton of inspiration for all of us to put time into protecting the ocean we love.

Thanks for sharing Weldon’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Weldon on his Instagram page, Facebook, and Guardians of the Reef page.

This Ocean Life Weldon Wade Diving Bermuda

Episode 36: Forrest Galante

Forrest Galante: Animal Planet Host, World Record Spearo, and Much More

In Episode 36 we speak with Forrest Galante, a legendary man of nature raised in the bush of Zimbabwe and the kelp forests of California. Forrest tells his story of growing up around the raw wild of Africa, both on land and sea, and learning a deep love and respect for nature. We hear of Forrest’s return to California as a teen and finding his way with the spear in the kelp forests of the Channel Islands while pursuing his passion for biology. Forrest shares his passion for reaching millions of people on the Naked and Afraid television show and how that drove his passion to develop his own Extinct of Alive series on Animal Planet where he puts deep passion into educating the masses on our natural world and the importance of conserving it. Along the way Forrest has amassed 6 spearfishing world records and continues to push his own limits in the water diving with crocs, sharks, and likely anything that swims. Tons to be inspired here from Forrest!

Thanks for sharing Forrest’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Forrest on his Instagram page and website.

This Ocean Life Podcast Forrest Galante