NSP:149 Eric Anderson | Urchin Barrens, Great White Sharks and Dirty Water

NSP:149 Eric Anderson | Urchin Barrens, Great White Sharks and Dirty Water

Interview with Eric Anderson

Mad chat with Eric Anderson focusing on important spearfishing issues in Central California and further afield. Urchin Barrens feature as well as the benefits of having a long term buddy, Great White Sharks, tourniquets, central California diving and species, sketchy shore dives and kelp forests and more. This one was a long time coming and it was an honour to finally have a long chat with Eric. Enjoy!

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Important Times

04:00 Eric Anderson Introduction and Background

07:00 Sheep Head Fish Facts

09:00 Abalone | The Gateway Drug to the Spearfishing World

NSP:149 Eric Anderson | Urchin Barrens, Great White Sharks and Dirty Water

12:45 Urchin Barren Discussion

  • What is an Urchin Barren?
  • How does an abundance of Sea Urchins effect kelp?
  • What factors have been identified as potential causes? warming ocean climate, sea urchin abundance triggers overgrazing, decrease in predation (bony reef fish that predate on them, Lobster numbers, 
  • Where does this phenomena occur? NE Pacific in the 1960–1970s, Norwegian coast in the 1970s, NW Atlantic in the 1970–1980s [2], and Tasmania in the 2000s
  • What are the wider implications for the areas affected?

23:50 Aiden Brown triggered a story about filleting fish on the boat

26:15 How Eric’s Spearfishing Life Began

30:00 Benefits of having a Longterm Spearfishing Buddy

38:40 Tourniquets and Sharks | Check out this Combat Action Tourniquet

Eric Anderson Combat Action Tourniquet for Spearfishing

Eric Anderson Combat Action Tourniquet for Spearfishing

44:50 Night Diving and Shit Viz

53:30 Aiden asks about the importance of diving with a float line

58:20 Shore Diving vs Boat Diving

62:30 Shark Shield Discussion

67:00 Scary Moment | Lessons Learned

69:30 Old Man Blue Spearfishing Equipment

77:00 Funniest Moment out spearing

81:00 Spearo Q&A

NSP:149 Eric Anderson | Urchin Barrens, Great White Sharks and Dirty Water

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NSP:148 Adam Stern How to Increase Breath-hold + Burning Questions

NSP:148 Adam Stern How to Increase Breath-hold + Burning Questions

Another Interview with Adam Stern

YOUR BURNING FREEDIVING AND EQUALIZING QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY ADAM STERN

 

This episode is a live call with Patron listeners and whole bunch of questions from the Noob Spearo Community on Facebook and @noobspearo on Instagram! In this episode we cover breath-hold and depth training questions, how to choose a freediving instructor, deep spearfishing (avoiding squeeze) questions, equalizing questions and more. Lot’s of funny moments including Adam scalding his balls. Enjoy:)

 

  • 5:00 Ben Vittino “I just want to know how he’s so happy and enthusiastic all the time. Love his energy!”
  • Isaac “I have a question but first I need to know, Do you ever feel down? When you do, what do you do to get back Adam 187% Stern?”
  • Dale Bartush “I’d also like to know what he thinks about in free fall. Not what he tells people to do lop but what he actually thinks and feels.”
  • 14:00 Scalded Ballsack Moment
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NSP:148 Adam Stern How to Increase Breath-hold + Burning Questions

16:15 TRAINING BREATH-HOLD QUESTIONS

  • Ethan Yeo “Would you say going out spearfishing is going to make you in become a better diver vs doing freediving training in the pool?”
  • Isaac “How can you increase your bottom time?” and “How can I hold my breath longer?”
  • Isaac “Is bloodshift a physiological response that can be trained?”
  • Damian Mckay “What are the best exercises to get more bottom time/depth?”
  • @pickford_cole “If he had to pick between dynamic pool training and static, which would he choose?”
  • Isaac “is increased muscle mass problematic to breath-hold diving?”
  • Isaac “what are some safety considerations for pool training?”
  • Isaac “How much does your attitude towards contractions affect them?”
  • Isaac “Are your own ideas or your own limitations the biggest barrier to longer breath-holds and deeper diving?” What is the best way to overcome these?

16:15 TRAINING BREATH-HOLD QUESTIONS

42:00 EQUALIZING QUESTIONS

  • R Andrew Baker “Can everyone hands free Equalize?”
  • Jake Cross “What are the common issues with equalising? E.g one ear equalises before the other.”
  • Adam Stern Equalizing Online Classes freedivefamily.com. Use the Code NOOBSPEARO to save 40%
  • Isaac “If you put a month into training your equalization and Eustachian Tubes, how long will that adaptation last?”

 

NSP:148 Adam Stern How to Increase Breath-hold + Burning Questions

49:55 DEEPER FREEDIVE SPEARFISHING

  • Kurt Raymond “How do you equalise when you go past that 30+meter mark? I recently dived to 30mtrs on a course and I felt like I had to equalise slightly differently once I hit around the 25mtr mark. I’ve heard of having to bring air back into your mouth. I wasn’t down there for long enough to work out what was going on but I was still able to equalise, just slightly differently to normal. Is there dry training you can do for this technique?”
  • Joe Pedro “Can you share your wisdom on chin tuck dive & what injuries can be caused by looking (neck extended) out in front of you; typical Spearfishing form compared to proper diver form..the little things that cause nightmares due to lack of “under pressure” knowledge basically.”
  • Mackenzie Logan “I have a Similar question to Joe Pedro. Once you start going over 30m-40m how long does it take your body to acclimatize to the new depths? If you’ve done all your stretches and relaxing on the top perfectly, what are some of the little things like neck movements that we should be careful of and how long/how many dives to depth until you can start to move your head a little more comfortably?”

To elaborate on this: I think there will be 2 answers depending on whether we are spearfishers vs freedivers..

  1. If you are spearfishing and it is either your first time diving to these depths or you only go diving once a month or so how will this affect your “training adaptations” of diving to that depth? Will you lose them each time you go out again to dive?
  2. If you’re freediving and training frequently will you be able to improve and keep your training adaptations. I think in your last interview he said he could come back after a month or so of not training and pretty much start again from where he had been diving to before?
  • Thomas Ripard “I’d also like to ask about deeper diving. Once you start to get more comfortable with getting to 30m(ish), is there anything in particular one needs to do to prepare yourself to get past the 30m mark? Also anything safety related one should be aware of as you get past 30m? Cheers! Discovering the noobspearo podcast was the best thing that happened to me in 2020, keep em coming

NSP:148 Adam Stern How to Increase Breath-hold + Burning Questions

66:00 OTHER QUESTIONS

  • Rob James “When is Adam having an underwater UFC rematch with Adam
  • Craig McNiven “What are the hurdles of running a free diving business, cashflow, cancellations, COVID, marketing and customer retention. Is it like a dream to do what you love for an income every day? Could you get the business to a point where it could be run without you?”
  • Jason Harris “Not strictly diet related.. but does Adam have any food items he avoids when leading up to a dive day to keep the sinus systems clean”
  • Isaac “Can we have the Dairy and Mucus Production Urban Legend Discussion?”
  • @nicholasmorsecodes “How many wetsuits does he own? 10+ at least! where does he keep them all?”

 

79:50 WHEN IS ADAM COMING TO MY PART OF THE WORLD?

  • @scubasteve212 “Will he do a freediving course in Batemans bay in the future 🙌”
  • @bard_antonsen “First: thank you so much for your podcast! I have learned a lot by listening to most of your episodes. I started freediving 2 years ago. I had to participate in a freediving class since my son was too young to go alone. I was afraid and far away from my comfort zone. I overcome my fears and now I love the water. Question to Adam: I’d love to meet him, but I live in Norway and have a low budget. Will there be any chance to see him in the land of the big halibuts? Our coast is amazing. I’m just saying… An event with Adam in Norway would be epic🤩”
  • @mansoor_hsd “When he come Lakshadweep (India)?”

 

83:50 PATRON LISTENER LIVE QUESTIONS

  • Greg Rothaus “Hi Adam, I’m 62. What’s your advice to older divers with regards to training and spearfishing?”
  • Greg Rothaus “I am going on a month long freedive training retreat in Dahab, Egypt. How do you recommend I make the most of a trip like this?
  • Captain Dan Walsh comments of teaching/freediving as a job, Eustashian tube solutions and advice for older divers.
  • Stu Harwood “I find after a day spearing I am absolutely rooted, do you have any tips for mitigating this? (becoming unrooted)
  • Duncan Henderson “With equalizing, do you do one grouper call on the way down or multiple grouper calls?”

 

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NSP:147 Mick Mcdade Fish Mount Madness

NSP:147 Mick Mcdade Fish Mount Madness

Interview with Mick Mcdade

Mick is a long time member of the Brisbane Underwater Adventurers Club, AUFQ Queensland records keeper and is absolutely mad about fish casting! His house contains over 350 cast and mounted fish that take up most of his wall space. He truly is a legend that has stood the test of time, having made several record catches himself, his knowledge of fish is astounding (listen to the interview to get a taste) and his dedication to serving spearfishing as a sport is truly noteworthy. He is not out and about on social media so this episode is a great way to get some of the knowledge and insight into the mind of this decades long underwater enthusiast! Enjoy this episode!

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Fish Mount Madness

Important times

05:00 Mick Mcdade introduction and background

11:30 Underwater Hockey

14:00 Underwater Adventurers Club

17:35 Starting to spearfish

21:50 Scary moments

25:00 Diving today vs in the past 

34:00 Protected species controversy and poisonous fish

40:00 Veterans Vault – Fish Casting, Sourcing Material, Instructions

46:20 Australian spearfishing records and how to contribute to them

51:10 Identifying fish species

55:20 Fish casting

01:08:10 Mick’s home library

01:12:55 Naming fish: common vs Latin names

01:18:05 Advice to a younger Mick Mcdade

01:20:00 Dream fish

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NSP:146 Josh James The Kiwi Bushman

NSP:146 Josh James The Kiwi Bushman

Interview with Josh James

The first interview of 2021 had to be awesome so I got Josh James Kiwi Bushman on the show! He has a frothing following on YouTube where they create motivating and inspiring short films with a hunting and fishing and family flavor. All of the videos feature Josh’s friends and family and the abundant wild food that surrounds them in New Zealand. If you are into Catch and cook, bushcraft, hunting, gathering, spearfishing, fishing, archery, and New Zealand culture, you will love his channel (link here). He’s a self professed good vibes and positive vibrations kind of guy. Enjoy this episode!

 

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Young fella with Speargun. NSP:146 Josh James The Kiwi Bushman

Important Times

04:00 Josh James Introduction and Background

12:40 What parallels have you found between hunting on land and hunting in the water?

13:30 Bow Hunting (Recurve vs Compound)

16:30 Spearfishing in the South Island of New Zealand

20:45 1080 Situation in New Zealand

28:15 How to Grow a YouTube Channel

Quiet New Zealand Back Country Hunting with Josh James Kiwi Bushman

Quiet New Zealand Back Country Hunting with Josh James Kiwi Bushman

29:55 When did you start fishing and spearfishing?

31:40 What were some of the obstacles you encountered when you started spearfishing?

34:15 Muppet’s on YouTube | Dealing with the Comments, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

39:25 Josh’s Spearfishing Equipment List

45:50 What is on your spearfishing species dream list?

NSP:146 Josh James The Kiwi Bushman

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NSP:145 Ryan Myers Deep Reef Hunting

NSP:145 Ryan Myers Deep Reef Hunting

Interview with Ryan Myers

Haha! What an awesome interview to finish out 2020! Ryan Myers with heaps of intel of diving deep and managing the risks. Huge section on Deep Reef Hunting, minimizing lung squeezes, doing the variable weight thing and we even chat growing a rad YouTube Channel (Ryan has 31k subscribers!). Massive shoutout to Sam @samahgram, Ryans partner and a champion diver (and future podcast guest I’m sure!). Listen in to Ryan Myers Deep Reef Hunting!

 

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NSP:145 Ryan Myers Deep Reef Hunting

Ryan Myers Dogtooth Tuna

Important Times

05:40 Ryan Myers Introduction

11:40 Lessons learned along the way

19:30 Variable Weight Diving

21:30 Lung and Trachea Squeeze | “How do you avoid it?” – Sven Franklin

27:00 Spearfishing Forums/Social Media/Clubs and Tribalism Chat

34:50 Most Memorable Fish | Med Grouper

37:40 Veterans Vault | Deep Reef Hunting

  • Kiggs Anthony “Would be cool to hear Ryan talk through some stalking/coaxing techniques he uses on big Uku and Mu.”
  • 50:45 Kurt Raymond asks “Keen to hear some more about Ryan’s freediving progression and thought process leading into a dive. Similar to what Taylor talked about in terms of setup and mindset for a dive, he does some crazy dives!”
  • Danny Baker “Love watching Ryan Myers. Maybe get him to share his relaxation techniques. He’s so damn patient.”

60:00 Doug Lewin “Can you ask Ryan why he uses a neck weight in some of his dives? Does he recommend that for an intermediate diver in cold water as well?”

63:45 Ryan Myers YouTube Channel. How has he grown such a solid following on YouTube!

73:20 Funny Stuff | Europeans nude and pissets

76:00 What’s in Ryan Myers Divebag?

79:00 Spearo Q&A

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“Hey Shrek,

My name is Jahvis Loveday I’m a young indigenous filmmaker from the Northern rivers of NSW Australia. My family friend has been listening to your podcast for quite a long time, he recently came to me and said that one of your guests mentioned that many spearos would love for someone to edit some of their footage. 
I’ve been spearing and hunting my whole life growing up on the Brunswick heads and Tweed rivers. I’ve learnt from all my elders how to catch fish, where and when, and when not to. 
I thought Id extend my hand to edit spearing videos for whoever wants them out there. I have been studying a bachelor of film (which has been useless) and recently won the Best Young Australian Film Maker Award at the Byron Bay International Film Festival. 
I’ve been editing my own videos for over 3 years now from spearfishing, camping, family trips, and all sorts. 
If you want to check out what my style is like head over to my YOUTUBE channel, which I think I have now 4.43k subscribers and over 266k views. 
HERE is a video of me and my family spearing off Tweed heads as a reference. 
Anyways love the content you are pumping out man, it’s helped me a lot in spearing and sustainability. 
Cheers, 
Jahvis Loveday”

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NSP:144 Spearjunkies TV Series Release

NSP:144 Spearjunkies TV Series Release

Interview with Cris Dillon, Chris Coates & Barret Harvey

Rad catch-up with the Spearjunkies fellas who have just released Season 1. We chat locations, Coatesmans secret techniques (that get shown to the world), budget blowouts and flight hassles, massive fish, super clean water and even sharks along with getting towed behind a monster Sailfish. Super cool chat with super cool blokes! Listen in:)

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Important Times

04:45 Introductions. Big welcome to Cris Dillon, Barret Harvey and Chris Coates. An introduction into the Spearjunkies concept

08:00 What inspired the Spearjunkies Species List?

11:00 Coatesman Hunting Techniques and Secret Tricks on the series

13:30 Spearjunkies Roles Discussion

14:50 Mozambique Experience and Spearfishing

17:00 Species Surprises. How planning took place

19:30 King Mackerel (Spanish Mackerel) Discussion

26:00 The Spearjunkies Project Chat. Budgets, Timelines, Distribution & More

30:45 Castor Banks, Madagascar Spearfishing Q&A

33:50 Shooting a Sailfish on a Reelgun

36:00 What is coming is Spearjunkies Season II?

39:00 Personal Locator Beacons and Getting Lost at Sea

41:30 Lessons Learned. Flight Pain for Spearos

43:45 Connect with Spearjunkies at Spearjunkies.com | @spearjunkies on Instagram

 

NSP:144 Spearjunkies TV Series Release

 

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