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Episode 122: Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson -- from US Marine to Northern California freediver and spearo

** Interview episode 122 **

 Today we talk with Eric Anderson who checked out of the military life and into an ocean life here in the waters of Northern California. Eric takes us through his time deployed around the world as a United States Marine to finding his true calling underwater through his wife and family. With a commendable obsession for freediving and spearfishing, Eric takes us through diving California’s Channel Islands, white sharks, to days hunting abalone and pursuing fish of all shapes and sizes along the very epic Big Sur coast. Throughout, Eric provides a great perspective on conservation, limiting your take from the ocean, and dedication to introducing the next generation to the ocean and his own kids find that connection that we all feel. Our conversation begins around one random day where we met each other at a top secret dive spot.

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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 37: Steve Lonhart

Steve Lonhart - Marine Scientist, 3,000+ dives

In Episode 37 we speak with Steve Lonhart, marine scientist in Central California with over 3,000 scuba dives under his belt. Steve shares his life of researching the reefs and kelp forests around Monterey to better understand the changes to our ocean over time. We hear about the physical challenges of marine research diving, the boats and people required, the importance of collecting quality data, and the rugged beauty of the Big Sur coast, an iconic area of California. Steve shares a great perspective on the importance of monitoring our ocean environment over time to detect subtle changes that may indicate larger trends at work.

Thanks for sharing Steve’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of his research on the SIMoN website. Thanks to Chad King for loaning the main picture above 🙂