Spearfishing and Freediving

Spearfishing and Freediving

Episode 8: David Ochoa

David Ochoa and Being in the Pursuit

In Episode #8 of This Ocean Life podcast we speak with David Ochoa, accomplished spearfisherman and co-creator of the amazing film, Aqua Negra. David shares his stories of growing up in Portugal and learning to spearfish in the Azores while pursuing a university degree in film making. We hear about David’s experience in Cape Verde, a remote location off the African coast where David and team filmed Aqua Negra and pursued their search for new water, new experiences, and new friendships. Aqua Negra is a beautiful and amazing film — you do not have to love spearfishing to love this movie.

David Ochoa

Episode 7: Morgan Hoesterey

Morgan Hoesterey and a Life of Play in the Ocean

In Episode #7 of This Ocean Life podcast we speak with Morgan Hoesterey, an incredibly strong and talented woman of the ocean who has built an amazing ocean life. Morgan shares stories from her 10 years of competing in the Molokai 2 Oahu paddle board race, competing in the Tahiti Waterman Tour, and pushing herself mentally and physically to be able to play in the water with whomever, wherever, on whatever craft. With stories of friends and adventures from around the world, Morgan gives us a special perspective on life in and under the water.

Morgan Hoesterey

Episode 6: Lidija Lijic

Lidija Lijic and a Breathless Life

In Episode #6 of This Ocean Life podcast we speak with Lidija Lijic, an amazing athlete who has earned multiple world freediving records while enjoying adventures around the world. Lidija shares her passion for freediving and pushing personal limits, both physical and mental, to achieve amazing goals including the high altitude breath hold record (in the Himalayas!) and distance free dive record under ice. Her perspective on life, community, travel, and personal endurance are awesome and inspiring.

Lidija Lijic freediving

Episode 5: Amadeo Bachar

Amadeo Bachar and the Intersection of Ocean and Art

In this episode we talk with Amadeo Bachar, a man of the ocean who has carved out an amazing life in the water spearing, surfing, fishing while building his professional life out of the water drawing and painting ocean imagery. Amadeo shares his stories of growing up in an ocean-focused family hunting and gathering along the California coast and his transition into a world-renowned artist. We hear Amadeo’s rad stories from bagging a 63-lb white seabass to finding zen in his art and raising his daughter to find her own ocean life.

Definitely go check out Amadeo’s art on WWW.ABACHAR.COM.

Amadeo Bachar art

Episode 4: Dave Benet

Dave Benet and the Many Dimensions of an Ocean Life

In this episode we talk with Dave Benet, an extremely accomplished man of the ocean who has built an ocean resume that I myself dream of having. Dave shares his stories of training the next generation of marine scientist divers in the cold, sharky waters of Northern California. We hear about Dave’s passion for free diving and spearfishing along with his first experience surfing at Mavericks. Dave provides his grounded perspective on enjoying a multi-dimensional ocean life and eagerness to conserve what we today enjoy for future generations.

Dave-Benet-scuba

Episode 1: Nick Franco

Nick Franco and Molokai 2 Oahu on His Own Hand-shaped Paddle Boards

In both 2016 and 2017 Nick Franco won his division in the Molokai 2 Oahu world paddleboarding championships on prone boards that he made himself. In this inaugural podcast episode, Nick Franco shares his stories about becoming a world class athlete in the cold waters of Northern California (where very few paddle seriously), his drive to build the next generation of paddleboards with his Shearwater Paddleboards company, and general passion for surfing, diving, and family. Thanks for sharing Nick’s ocean life with us — we hope you go out and live your ocean life to its fullest. 

You can find pictures and video of Nick on the ShearwaterPaddleboards Instagram and website.

Nick Franco shaping paddleboards

Nick Franco in the lab