NSP:046 Jose Debasa SpearHeads Underwater Photographer

Interview with Jose Debasa


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Renown spearfishing photographer and videographer

Jose Debasa’s photography has been inspiring me for ages. He has a unique style that really puts you in the perspective of the underwater hunter (check out some examples here). In this episode we dial in on Jose’s experience and progression filming and editing  spearfishing videos. To see some of the videos spoken about during the interview you can peruse the SpearHeads YouTube channel here.

Jose Debasa Underwater Photography

About Jose Debasa

Jose’s photography journey started in his teens capturing the wildlife of the greater Florida area. His spearfishing experience soon demanded that he partner the two passions and after some hefty purchases he was good to go. Years later Jose now collaborates with some talented guys from the South East of the USA in something they call SpearHeads. Their films have developed significantly over the years with new experience, equipment and the development of systems to improve everything from capturing the action to producing the finished film. Jose is very much the family man residing in Miami, Florida with his wife and children. Check out some of his photography here.

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About the Interview + Time Stamps

4:00 Jose’s background. Getting started spearfishing and photography. Cressi Pneumatic and his first Red Grouper, catching the bug. Spearboard and meeting Aaron Chasse and then Andrew Quincoses (two of the SpearHeads crew and both previous guests on the Noob Spearo Podcast).

9:00 SpearHeads and a bit about the latest Bahama’s video [view it here].

10:00 Early obstacles – equalizing and how he overcame it – if this is your issue listen into Ted Harts Interview here

13:00 Memorable Fish – 15lb Hogfish and a big Black Grouper

16:00 Hogfish hunting technique for the bigger, smarter ones anyway;)

20:00 Scariest moment and what he learned from it – a shallow water blackout/samba while hyperventilating hunting in shallow water. Jose describes his experience very clearly and for people who suspect they might have come close to a blackout before you might be able to relate.

He also talks about Tinnitus, one hazard of suffering trauma in your ears. Do not neglect good equalizing technique!

26:00 Editing Spearfishing Films and the evolution of SpearHeads

Starting with GoPro’s and moving into DSLR’s/Mirrorless camera’s.

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Planning a film.

Having a vision, developing a storyline and then capturing the necessary shots.

  • Move with the flow and think on your feet.
  • Getting the supporting footage right
  • Make the editors job easier by removing dud footage #Listen into 101 GoPro for more on this
  • Think in terms of shots (Jose changes camera angle every 3 seconds!)
  • Sync your film with the music
  • Where to find some more royalty free music
  • Favorite Effects in editing is adding powerful fonts and enhancing the images
  • Jose loves putting the finishing touch on films by animating font to move with the subject

“Put in the time to learn about your editing software, there are online forums and videos everywhere and you will not regret the time you spend learning” – Jose Debasa

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50:00 Funniest Moment – Jose tells us about how he earned his nickname ‘T.D’

54:00 Whats in T.D’s Dive Bucket? + whats in Jose’s Photography Bag

We do a quick Q&A about photography gear and Jose shares about what he likes and why

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61:00 Fast 5 Facts for Noobs

Filming

  1. Get a GoPro (you can buy one here and find out how to use it here)
  2. Shoot 60fps minumum
  3. Dont use the red filter
  4. Practice manual if you are using a DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  5. Practice your manual shooting on dryland

Spearfishing

  1. Get educated. Do a freediving course
  2. Dive with a buddy
  3. Pick a buddy you can rely on not someone
  4. Dont use a pneumatic speargun *After Grant Laidlaws interview I know about dry barrel kits now
  5. Get a mentor

Find Jose Debasa on;

  • Facebook here
  • Instagram here
  • SpearHeads on YouTube here
  • Jose’s website and photography portfolio here

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NSP:044 101 GoPro for Spearfishing

NSP:044 101 GoPro for Spearfishing

Podcast Tips, Accessories and Hacks To Master Your GoPro for Spearfishing


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Finally an episode dedicated to using a GoPro for spearfishing! This episode covers everything from after purchase to post edit GoPro use.

About this episode

We start the episode in the studio, with Turbo and I giving a run through on some of the common questions we get asked and then offer some creative advice about how to solve these problems. We discuss;

  • Water on the lens
  • Fog in the housing
  • The GoMask and other mount techniques as well as some of the challenges

After that we put some media production questions to our Producer Pat Dwyer. Questions we ask Pat include;

  • Where can we find music to use (legally) for our YouTube Spearfishing Videos?
  • What is B-roll footage?
  • How do we capture and use the B-Roll footage in the editing stage?

After that we move on and discover some hard core hacks and tips from Cripps and Takka, the couple behind Underwater Ally Productions. This information combined with Turbo’s Tips provides a tonne of information so that hopefully you can skip some of the lessons many learn the hard way.

We finish off with a big discussion with Aaron Chasse. Aaron’s one of the guys involved in the SpearHeads spearfishing video collaborative who operate mostly out of Florida. In this part of the discussion we focus on essential accessories, settings, and working together to a plan to create good spearfishing films.

See below for all of the links, accessories, and other items discussed in this GoPro for Spearfishing Episode!


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Essential GoPro Accessories for Spearfishing

First up in the GoPro section we talk about some essential additional products, mentioned in this section were (Product Links – Some are affiliate!);

  • Double Power Wasabi Batteries from Amazon here
  • 32 GB Fast SD card here (and a 64 fast one for extreme people here)
  • Head Mount Strap here
  • Tray Mount (Ikelite option here)
  • GoPro Hero5 Black here
  • GoPro Hero4 Black here
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver here
  • The Go Mask here+ multi-adapters to modify your own mask here
  • Gun Mounts are specific to your speargun of choice
  • Watch the SpearHeads Video here about GoPro Mounts

If you have any issues or challenges that we didnt discuss please put them in the comments or reach out to us here

If you enjoyed this episode listen to the full episodes with Jessie Cripps and Michael Takash or Aaron Chasse’s interview here

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NSP:043 101 Drones for Spearfishing

How To Use Drones for Spearfishing

Interviews with UAV Coach Alan Perlman and Adreno Drone Enthusiast Kahlee Andrews


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This Drones for spearfishing episode was inspired partially by watching Drone footage that uniquely captured a spearfishing adventure. The first guest in this episode, Adreno Manager Kahlee Andrews is a former womens spearfishing champion and has taken numerous videos of spearfishing drone footage. Kahlee has been using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional [link here] but she also talks about what she wants to purchase next. I ask Kahlee about her experience’s with drones and how Drones can be used effectively by spearo’s.

In the second part of the show I am joined by Alan Perlman, the founder of UAV Coach. UAV coach is an online drone pilot training center providing courses, free guides and more for aspiring Drone pilots (both commercial and amateur). Alan and Kahlee both answer a range of questions that I had after buying my own Drone and wanting to learn more about the higher end Amateur drones such as the DJI Mavick Pro (here) and the GoPro Karma both of which are yet to be officially released. If you are an adventure based videographer or photographer this is a good introduction into starting and using Drones.

Helpful Times Guide for this Drones for Spearfishing episode

Interview starts with shoutouts, whats coming next, news and updates and a preview of the episode.

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7:00 Kahlee Andrews and drones introduction

Drones for Spearfishing Guide. Pictured Kahlee Andrews

Kahlee pictured with DJI Phantom 3. Calibration time on a steel boat!

Questions I ask Kahlee

    • What are you using & what’s been your experience like so far? (check out the DJI Phantom 3 Professional here)
    • How have you seen them used well?
    • How can drones help people that go spearfishing?
    • What accidents have you had?
    • What is the law in Australia?
    • What Drone do you want to purchase next?
    • Where can people find some of your videos?

Kahlees Drone Video with a Haines Hunter boat group

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Links mentioned

  1. Hitting a boat with $5000+ Drone Video here
  2. DJI how to videos here
  3. Join Kahlee on instagram here
  4. Kahlees Blogpost about drones here

If you want to have a go at Drones and learn the basics, check out the Cheerwing I am using here – its a bit of fun and I’ve learned a wee bit!


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24:00 Alan Perlman from UAV Coach

We start off chatting about what inspired him to create UAV coach and he shares a story about his first serious Drone accident. I also talk a bit about my experience with the Cheerwing full manual FPV style Drone I started with (I bought this one of Amazon landed on my doorstep for less than $100).

Alan Perlman drones interview. Drones for spearfishing and adventure videography

Alan Perlman from UAV Coach

Questions I ask Alan

  • What are the main categories of Drones?
  • Guided vs Unguided flight controls?
  • UAV Coach guide to flying a drone here

Types of Drones for videography and photography:

    • What are the steps for someone who wants to use Drones for spearfishing films?
    • What are the best drones currently or soon to be available to us for photography/videography?
    • DJI Mavic vs the GoPro Karma

 

Legislation and what not to do

  • What are the laws that people need to be aware of in their countries?
  • What are the main areas of concern from a government’s/public safety point of view?
  • A cautionary tale or two about the dangers of drones along with some practical advice for avoiding trouble
  • Where can people find out about the law’s in their area?

Further Places to learn more about Drones

  • Join a flight club (like the AMA in the USA)
  • Create a self study program (UAV coach can help with that)
  • CASA sanctioned flight schools (link here)
  • Facebook Groups (like Qld FPV group here)

Tips to use Drones for Spearfishing Photography

  • Know your aircraft (you don’t necessarily need the latest and greatest)
  • Learn the regulations in your area
  • Flying through a shot (thinking like a videographer)
  • Learning photography basics like light and composition. Planning what you want before you start filming.
  • Find 17 Tips for Drones Photography here and join the UAV forum here

Alan Perlman Drones for spearfishing interview

Further Links and Information on Drones

    • Join UAV coach on facebook here
    • If you would like to check out some of the drones basics course go here
    • If you are an aspiring commercial drones pilot check these courses out
    • Email Alan direct [email protected]

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NSP:029 Aaron Chasse Speared Apparel Founder + SpearHeads Collaborator

Interview with Aaron Chasse

Speared Apparel Founder + SpearHeads Collaborator


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This is an interview chock full of good actionable intel for spearfishing! Aaron Chasse, the founder of Speared Apparel and a SpearHeads TV collaborator takes our GoPro Q&A and runs with it. We ask him about the various mount options (head/gun/frame/etc), other critical accessories for spearfishing, red lens, crucial settings, post editing tips, mounts and more. In this chat you will find out how the SpearHeads crew have slowly grown and developed their films (awesome tutorials and information for spearo’s btw).

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Aaron also talks about how to approach potential spearfishing sponsors and shares some good tips about what sponsors are looking for. He includes the key information to use when you email in a sponsorship proposition. He added that Speared are not currently looking for divers at the moment as they have a number of great spearo’s on-board already. In this audio interview we also hear some great insight into the Aspetto spearfishing hunting technique and how Aaron and some of his friends apply it effectively. He breaks it down and talks about how to slowly improve your diving until you can hold bottom time. And then once you do start to hold bottom time, how to use the aspetto technique to bring the fish in.

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From Left. Jose Debasa, Aaron Chasse, Walker Blanco, Nolan Sadorf


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For fast navigation through Aaron’s interview, here are some major moments.

4:00 Getting started in South Florida. Clean water, 30 feet deep with a Sea Hornet

5:00 Taking down Hogfish, Grouper, YellowJack and more

6:00 First Memorable Fish. Red Grouper

10:00 Favorite Spearfishing Hunting Technique – Learning the Aspetto, bottom hunting and some tricks for bringing in curious fish once you are there.

15:00 Scary Moment. Buddying up with Justin Baker off Fort Pierce spearfishing in 60 feet of water when Justin failed to resurface after 2 minutes.

18:00 Veterans Vault. GoPro Tips, Settings, Mounts and More + How To Get Sponsored

Aaron out of a desire to share his underwater experience with friends and family, bought and started using a GoPro. Compact and affordable, a GoPro just made sense. He goes onto talk a bit about the formation of the well known Floridian spearfishing collaboration SpearHeads TV. SpearHeads features Andrew Quincoses, Jose Debasa, Justin Baker, AJ Hall, Jeremy Foell, Nolan Sadorf, Erik Menendez & our man for this interview Aaron Chasse.

Essential GoPro Accessories for Spearfishing

First up in the GoPro section we talk about some essential additional products, mentioned in this section were (Product Links – Some are affiliate!);

  • Double Power Wasabi Batteries from Amazon here
  • 32 GB Fast SD card here (and a 64 fast one for extreme people here)
  • Head Mount Strap here
  • Tray Mount (Ikelite option here)
  • GoPro Hero5 Black here
  • GoPro Hero4 Black here
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver here
  • Gun Mounts are specific to your speargun of choice
  • Watch the SpearHeads Video here about GoPro Mounts

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How To Get Sponsored

The decision to sponsor is never taken lightly by spearfishing brands, sponsorship needs to make sense for the business.

A few points were;

  • Tag brands in your photos, sometimes brands will pick up spearo’s to sponsor after 6 months or more of good posting
  • Think about the image of spearfishing and what spearfishing brands want to be associated with
  • Play the long game, be patient, build a following and get interaction with followers
  • Instagram and Facebook were two social platforms identified that are popular for spearfishing

“Do it right” was the big takeaway.

50:00 Funny Moment, Jose getting shocked while they were doing a Shark Shield shoot.

53:00 Whats in Aarons Divebag

  • Deep Apnea Fins
  • Bellanita Speargun Rack was mentioned. Check them out on Facebook!
  • HeadHunter Polespear
  • Hammerhead gloves
  • Speared Wetsuit

58:00 Study and understand the species you will encounter in your area. When Aaron started out in South Florida, he made a book with pictures of all the species that he would encounter. He found photos of each species underwater!

If you enjoyed this interview particularly the deep dive into GoPro use for spearfishing listen in to Jessie Cripps and Michael Takach’s interview as there is also a lot of information in there. We have also interviewed Andrew Quincoses, one of Aaron’s co-SpearHead buddies – check that out as well.

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NSP:018 Jessie Cripps and Michael Takach, Underwater Ally Productions & Riffe Team Divers

NSP:018 Jessie Cripps and Michael Takach, Underwater Ally Productions & Riffe Team Divers

Interview with Jessie Cripps and Michael Takach


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Jessie Cripps & Michael Takach co-founded Underwater Ally Productions, a media production company specializing in the underwater environment. From pre-production through to putting polished finished films together Jessie Cripps & Michael Takach together are a formidable media production force. They are also Riffe sponsored divers and have some good knowledge about effective spearfishing equipment.

This interview was a new experience for Turbo and I, with two co-hosts and two guests + rum it was a slightly messy but fun interview. So bear with us because both Taka and Jessie share some absolute gold spearfishing tips, stories and adventures. A highlight of the interview is the Veterans Vault section where we learn 6 tips from Jessie about improving your photography (above and below the water). Taka then shares some tips and tricks for effective GoPro filming and editing for spearfishing.

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Michael Takach has also spent considerable time commercial diving and has been filming the underwater environment for years. Jessie Cripps skills, education and experience in television production compliment the teams dynamic well. Both are experienced spearos and both offer great insights, stories and more for the listener who wants to get better at spearfishing and underwater photography.

For fast navigation through Jessie Cripps & Michael Takach’s interview, here are some major moments…

1:00 Early Beginnings, Michael talks about moving into spearfishing from Line/Pole Fishing

2:00 Pole Spearing and Pole Spear Diaries on Vimeo

4:00 Early Beginnings, Jessie’s story

5:00 First Mentor; Thrown in the deep end with Johnny Chan

6:00 Memorable Fish, Taka with a silver drummer in a 7mm scuba diving suit and Jessie with her first Wahoo

12:00 Favourite Hunting Techniques, Getting to the bottom and getting closer

15:00 Scariest Moment, Samoa Experience – finger bitten off by a Spanish Mackerel while dive partner takes down a Dogtooth Tuna + plenty of sharks while the diveboat is 200+ m away

22:00 Veterans Vault, Essentials for good photos and video with Jessie Cripps + GoPro Gold with Taka

36:00 Funny Story, Bryson Sheehy and the Wobby + the GoPro housing from hell

41:00 Fast5Facts for Noobs

49:00 Crucial Kit for Noobs, Gun Advice , smaller bands, rest tabs and more

To Find Out More About Jessie Cripps & Michael Takach here are some links

You can find Jessie Cripps on Instagram here

and Michael Takach on Instagram here

Underwater Ally Productions on Facebook here

UnderwaterAllyProductions.com

If you enjoyed learning about underwater photography and GoPro for spearfishing check out our interview with Aaron Chasse from SpearHeads TV

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NSP:003 Richard Leonard Exceptional Spearfishing Film Maker

NSP:003 Richard Leonard Exceptional Spearfishing Film Maker

Richard Leonard Exceptional Spearfishing Film Maker

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Richard ‘Snoek’ Leonard is fast becoming a globally renown spearfishing personality, with his vast passion for spearfishing and exceptional spearfishing film’s, ‘Snoek’ is a Spearo on the go. Check out his latest film OneFish Legends feat Dr Terry Maas (USA), Barry Paxman (Australia), Rob Allen (South Africa) and Mohammed Jassim Al-Kuwari (Qatar) in an epic 120 minute+ Spearfishing DVD. Check it out at spearodvd.com or find out more about ‘Snoek’ here at  itz-productions.com. Enjoy this interview and if you want to find out more about better spearfishing film-making find Richard Leonard’s series Behind The Lens at Ultimate Spearfishing Magazine

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Spearfishing Film Maker Richard Leonard with an epic Dogtooth Tuna.

Richard Leonard’s Interview Times Quick-Guide

4:00 Competition diving in South Africa, Snoeks experience while placing in the top 10

10:00 Veterans Vault. Spearfishing Film Making and some In The Zone Productions history. Richard Leonard mentions a series he Authors in Ultimate Spearfishing Magazine called Behind The Lens which teaches spearos and aspiring spearfishing film makers  how to put together an awesome GoPro setup + tips and tricks that make the difference between standard and excellent spearfishing video.

23:00 Frothing Grom Stoke – Never Lose It – Maintaining a great mindset as you gain experience and time in the sport.

[Tweet “Hold onto the Awe factor, its amazing this ocean that God has given us Richard ‘Snoek’ Leonard”]

33:00 The No Stoke story. A story about a guy who lost his stoke, a fin and some skin off his bum. Lessons from a funny shorediving AKA rockhopping trip.

40:00 Fast Five Facts For Noobs

44:00 Hunting Techniques, body position, movement and cultivating an observational hunter mentality.

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The Interviews ‘NO STOKE STORY’ – Turbo and I laughed so hard at Snoek’s story here, enjoy!

Snoek: …we were actually there on a dive/spear/surf trip and he was more of a surfer. So we went out there and we were drifting pretty fast in the current around this point and I looked up at him at No-Stoke, (we actually call him No-Stoke. Because the guy hasn’t got a lot of stoke)..

Shrek: Even his name is funny, I love it.

Snoek: So I looked up at No-Stoke, and he had no stoke. The current was screaming and we’re going around this point and I didn’t know how long this point went for or if there was any exit. And there was no way to swim against the current back around where we had entered because the current was too strong, you know? So again, note to self, make sure when shore diving, to know your entrance and exit points. So having not done that, I didn’t know how long it would take to get to the other side or if there was even an exit point. So there was this flat rock and then there was a steep bank of rocks but they were super jagged sharp, but I figured the flat rock was okay. The problem was the surge was just rushing up and throwing on top of this rock and then pulling away. So if you timed it just right, you could wash up onto the rock, do the gecko, hold on for dear life, the swell would wash away, jump up quickly, grab your gear, pull off your fins, bolt along the rock, and jump up onto this bank and hang on for dear life. So this was our brainwave, the plan to escape imminent death at sea. Now No-Stoke, again, like I said-

Shrek: {Heavy Laughter} Oh I love his name! Snoek and No-Stoke, just awesome.

Snoek: So have you seen the big eyes? Have you ever seen a guy making the big eyes?

Big Eyes

 

Shrek: Oh yeah, yeah I know what you’re talking about.

Snoek: Well No-Stoke had no stoke and big eyes. This whole situation was deteriorating fast. So now I go for it, I do the first rush, boom, nail it, obviously having shore dived for many years there is always these kinds of situations. I did the gecko, got the landing perfectly, held on, sucked away, ripped my fins off, boom. Made it. So now I’m parking on the bank. And now I look out and No-Stoke is just not operating. So now I’m like, ugh, man, so I decide I’m going to get my fins back on and help out No-Stoke. So I get the fins back on, wait for the surge to go away, rush onto the rock, dive into the water and now I’m back out there again. In this surging swell that’s rushing up towards the rocks. So now I’ve got to tell No-Stoke when to go so we wait for the moment, and go. He goes, but just didn’t land the gecko. {Heavy Laughter – Shrek and Turbo again}

Shrek: Oh no, No-Stoke had no gecko.

Snoek: No, just total a total fail on the gecko. So he landed on his ass and he starts bumping along, and as he’s bumping you just hear him going ah! Ah! Ah! Which was quite feminine. So he’s bumping along and he slides back off the side of this ledge, boom, back into the ocean. So I’m like, ugh, this isn’t going down too well. And then, to top it off, what’s even worse, I look at his fins, he’s using my dad’s fins and one fin is gone. Now, No-Stoke, big eyes, and one fin. The situation is just not happening.

Eventually I get behind him, push him flat on his stomach, he lands the gecko, runs up and No-stoke’s fine. I landed and now I’m like, okay, I’ve got to tell my dad about this fin and anyway, No-Stoke’s alive, and that’s fine. So we hung on and made it, happy days, we all survived. No-Stoke’s soaked a bit, but anyway it’s fine, we got through it, we got through the friendship trauma. Next morning we’re like, let’s leave the diving today, let’s go surfing. So we’re out surfing, and I just see this shoal of something smashing the surface and they keep rushing in the surfline and rushing past us and I’m like no, dude, we have to go get our gear, this is ridiculous. Eventually he buckles and I said to him, look I’ve found the exit point, we’ll be fine, you have to come with me. So we borrowed some fins for him, we head out into the ocean and I didn’t know that spot really well so we’re swimming on sand, there’s nothing, and I’m zig-zagging trying to find a reef, and I’m zig-zagging all over the ocean, different depths and I see this black object, I must have swum out to about 15 meters. So I see this black object floating in the distance, I’m like what is that thing.

Shrek: It was your dad’s fin.

Snoek: I swum out to it. It’s my fin. I find my fin. Absolutely crazy. So that’s the story of No-Stoke and the fin.

Shrek: What are we going to call it, No-Stoke, one fin? That’s brilliant, I love it.

As you go through the difficult times spearfishing these kinds of stories are always the ones that stick out. Like Snoek mentioned – pay attention and plan your entry and exit points as best you can. If you have just headed out anyway, do not panic. Hopefully all you end up with is a bruised ego!

 

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Richard Leonard capturing the action, helping to tell spearfishing stories to the world.

If you enjoyed this interview and would like to learn more about using GoPros for spearfishing then check out this interview with Aaron Chasse.

If you would like to learn more about Underwater Photography listen into Jessie Cripps and Michael Takach here or if you heard the No Stoke story maybe a Guide To Shore Dive Spearfishing is more up you alley.

Let us know what you thought about the No Stoke story in the comments! Thanks for listening

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