Spearfishing and Freediving
Spearfishing and Freediving
Greg Norman Jr -- kiting, surfing, spearfishing, world travel
** Interview Episode 113 **
With a family name synonymous with the sport of golf, Greg Norman Jr has carved out an incredibly deep and well—rounded life in the ocean. From growing up in the waters of Florida to years on Maui Greg has developed love and skill for riding all types of boards on the water — from surfing, kiting, foiling, to wake boarding. Adding on to this a strong passion for the hunt, Greg pushes himself underwater with spearfishing both reefs and blue water, enjoying getting lost in the flow that being in the ocean provides to us all. Throughout, Greg has placed high emphasis on close connection to family and providing greater access to board sports for all with his Shark Cable Park. We started our conversation around the role that the ocean played in his recent engagement to his wife-to-be (it’s a rad story).
Check out the Shark Cable Park at www.sharkwakepark.com
Other pieces to our conversation:
- Growing up with his father introducing Greg to the ocean — surfing, diving
- Living on Maui and pursuing love for kiting — competing professionally in the early 2000’s
- Story of his first date spearfishing with his wife to be
- Discuss the ins and outs of foiling and how it changes our perspective on waves
- Kiting and wake boarding trip in Prince William Sound Alaska with hair raising exit by boat
- Wearing dry suits to wakeboard and forgetting to zipper
- Spearfishing in the Bahamas and team sport of hunting and landing cobia
- Wonder and beauty of interacting with sharks underwater
- Sense of flow in golf and sports in the ocean and challenge of changing your mindset to slow down and focus on the present
Stoked Grom Stories: Cooper Sisters -- sailing South Pacific, surfing, diving, life afloat
** Stoked Grom Stories Episode 7 **
Growing up in my hometown of Santa Cruz, CA, The Cooper Sisters, 9 year old Isla and 12 year old Malia, left it all behind with their parents for life at sea. Since January 2019, the entire family has been living in the South Pacific aboard sailing vessel Renegade where the girls have transformed personally, spiritually, and athletically.
With daily life of surfing, diving, fishing, and sailing both Malia and Isla have chosen unique paths in the ocean, developing strength and confidence extremely unique for their age — from surfing hollow waves to diving with sharks. With frequent visits to the outer Fijian Islands, the girls have developed strong understanding and respect for the customs of tribal culture and have made friends with villagers, attended local school, and developed their own strong sense of self-confidence.
To see more about the Cooper Family, visit their website at http://www.sailingwithrenegade.com/. You can also find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV website, Instagram, and Facebook, and Twitter. Host: Josh Pederson, @surfpaddletailgate
K.C. Scott -- fishing, diving, spearfishing, art
** Interview episode 110 **
K.C. Scott has based his life off of two core natural abilities revolving around the ocean. The first, his ability to interact first-hand with fish through angling, freediving, photography, and spearfishing, to return with vivid imagery of their natural beauty and power. The second, K.C.’s ability to transfer those real-life moments into creative pieces of art that, whether on a canvas or a t-shirt, continually keep us connected back to the ocean. With a lifestyle of creating amazing art and pursuing fish in his local Florida waters and more remote locations like Costa Rica, K.C. stays humble and appreciative of his talents, nature, and those around him. To round it all out, K.C. keeps focus on surfing and enjoying life with family and guiding his young daughter toward her own ocean life. Great stories, energy, and inspiration from K.C. Scott. Enjoy.
I love art of the ocean and seeing highly descriptive paintings on canvas and images on clothing of the magnificent fish are key ways that keep me amped for my next adventure in, on, or under the water. If ocean art also resonates with you, check out K.C. Scott’s art at kcscottartist.com where you can find art and apparell that will look good on your wall or the back of your shirt. If you find something you like, use coupon code OCEAN20 at checkout and you’ll get 20% off your order. When you do you’ll be supporting a family owned and operated business that’s dedicated to helping us all grow our connection to the ocean.
Scott Kennedy -- jack of many trades in the ocean
- Fishing for yellowfiin tuna on the Pacific Dawn charter boar
- Scott’s 16ft Radoncraft skiff (boat) he spent over 600 hours on — adventure, fishing, more
- Learning his way in the ocean around La Jolla, CA — trial by fire
- Hand-shaping over 60 surfboards to continually experiment with different styles of craft to ride waves on
- Anticipation and excitement for his growing family and what it means to get his kids in the water
- Recent surf trip to the Maldives
John Kowitz -- underwater photography, world travel, ocean conservation
- Splitting time between career as a travel nurse and photography
- Grew up in Michigan
- Evolution of photography and camera gear
- Guiding spearfishing trips on Maui with Maui Spearfishing Academy and Bobby Twitchell (past guest)
- Guiding whale and shark freediving tours on the Kona coast
- Animals — pilot whales, ocean white tips, hammerhead sharks, mantas
- intricacies of diving and photographing hammerhaed and pilot whales
- Cocos Island trip with SharkWatch
- Observing Hammerhead Shark cleaning station where small reef fish pick parasites off of the sharks
- Working and training with world-class athletes and special forces at XPT with Laird Hamilton
Greg Lewandowski -- boat captain, scuba instructor, freediver, fisherman, photographer
Born in Poland and raised in the cold ocean waters of Maine, Greg Lewandowski began scuba diving at age 9, running boats, and developing a strong love for being in the ocean at a young age. Today he takes us through his stories of living and working across the Caribbean, running scuba diving charters, fishing, and freediving on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, his artistic approach to photography, and memorable moments with whales, sharks, manta rays, monk seals, and much more. You can find Greg on Instagram by his handle @seafeverh2o. And we can all cut way down on our plastic usage to help protect the environment and some of our favorite ocean animals we hear about today.
More highlights of our conversation:
- First experienced tropical water at age 15 in Honduras setting him on a path of travel throughout the Caribbean serving as scuba divemaster and instructor before landing on the south shore of Kauai where Greg lives today.
- Shares perspective on the spirit of Kauai and the ability for the island to either accept or reject people who move there.
- Greg talks about running scuba tours for Fathom Five Divers, the amazing diving in the water around Niihau and the animals found there.
- Most memorable experience underwater floating eye-to-eye with a juvenile hump back whale in the Turks and Caicos Islands
- Spending time in the water with Hawaiian Monk Seal, local sharks, mantas, spinner dolphins
- Operating tour boats in the unpredictable waters of Kauai
- Fishing for the pelagic game fish in the Hawaiian waters — tunas, ono
- Artistry that goes into making lures from scratch
- Photography, favorite photo of a model on the beach just before a wave breaks around her
- Evolution of freediving as another way to interact in the ocean
- The abstract nature of bodybuilding relative to diving and being in the ocean (hint, wetsuits don’t fit so well but you need less weight to dive 🙂
Thanks for sharing Greg’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check him out on Instagram .
Cooper Family -- Sailing the South Pacific (Pt 2)
In episode 93 we check in with Brian and Robyn Cooper, a family from Santa Cruz, CA who, with their 2 daughters, left it all behind 9 months prior to live a dream of sailing in the South Pacific. Brian and Robyn describe their first few months of learning their sailboat Renegade, the ins and outs of sailing among the islands and reefs of Fiji, and developing confidence in their sailing capabilities. The Coopers share perspective on traveling in the outer Fijian Islands, surfing incredible waves, diving, fishing, boat-schooling the kids, and spending time in many local villages where they’ve learned and embraced the Fijian culture. We hear of how the family is adapting to life afloat and how their daughters, ages 9 and 12, are growing and changing as result of spending tons of time in the ocean and interacting with the Fijian culture. Brian and Robyn talk about the next major part of their trip which takes them over a 10-day passage to New Zealand then over to Indonesia and other epic parts of the South Pacific.
Tyler Conroy -- foiling, surfing, Mavericks, water rescue
In episode 90 I speak with a friend and local hero of mine, Tyler Conroy, who has built a well rounded ocean life for himself in Santa Cruz, CA. Tyler shares his stories of learning to surf as a young teen and moving quickly into some of the heavier Northern California water, his time in Jr Lifeguards, and transition into surfing big waves. We hear of Tyler’s first session at Mavericks, some of the local legends who coached him into his first waves, and surfing Mavs with his group of close friends and wife, Savannah. Tyler talks about the lineup at Mavericks, working jet ski rescue in big waves, his breath hold training, love for spearfishing, and progression on the foil (and challenges of the sport here in cold, kelpy, Santa Cruz).
Thanks for sharing Tyler’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Tyler on Instagram.
Luke Adolfson -- surfing, travel, Jaws, helping Maui youth
In episode 89 I speak with Luke Adolfson, a surfer and diver focusing his energy into pursuing happiness in the waters of Maui. Luke shares stories of surfing on Maui, surfing local WQS contests, and his time over the past years pushing himself at Peahi (Jaws). We hear of Luke’s world travel surfing Indo, South Africa, and more with time spent helping those less fortunate with missionary work to Uganda. Luke shares his perspective on the youth of Maui today and the energy he and others in the community are putting into helping the kids stay focused on their goals in life and finding happiness on that beautiful island. Luke and I replay a recent story of a close call with a boat when spearfishing together off of Napili and hear of Luke’s pursuit of breath holding and apnea training.
Thanks for sharing Luke’s ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Luke on Instagram.