Interview with Tran Lawrence

Today’s interview is with ex-firefighter Tran Lawrence from Taranaki, New Zealand! Originally coming from a line of Vietnamese fishermen, Tran is a great example of someone who truly comes alive when he’s in the ocean. Apart from being a great spearo he is also a talented creator, check out his website, Ocean Protagonist, here! Have a listen as he tells us about growing up on the water, his connection with seafood and buying a yacht to go sailing all around New Zealand! He has some great stories from his years underwater. He is also passionate about the conservation side of being in the ocean, he has some great thoughts on that. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Tran selfie on his yacht

“…stories, photos, videos and anecdotes from someone that hears the ocean when she calls and listens when she sings…..a love for the ocean through the eyes of a photographer, videographer, adventurer, diver, fisherman, sailor, refugee, firefighter, and father…”

Tran underwater selfie

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 04:24 Welcome Tran! You’re an ex firefighter?
  • 07:00 The Taranaki lifestyle
  • 08:20 Growing up and career

Tran holding 2 crays

  • 09:05 A big health scare
  • 10:35 You represent a few brands, Catch Fishing, Splash Dive, Atlantis Dive, Ocean Hunter and Rob Allen New Zealand
  • 12:00 You have some amazing content, how did you get into photography?
  • 13:40 Sailing around New Zealand
  • 15:55 How did you start spearfishing?

Tran with kingfish

  • 17:40 When did you realize that spearfishing was for you?
  • 22:00 Diving in Taranaki is a special experience
  • 23:10 Guide to catching Kingfish
  • 24:15 Scarcity mindset and taking as much as you can

Tran biting cray

  • 28:00 Have you introduced people to spearfishing
  • 29:35 Swimming pool or trial by fire?
  • 31:20 When you take Noob divers out, how do you guide and teach them? Instill the passion and respect for the ocean
  • 33:00 Your favourite species to hunt
  • 35:00 How has your conservation mindset evolved over your spearfishing journey?
  • 37:15 Wine barrel smoker and smoking fish
  • 42:25 You love to cook, walk us through a recipe

Tran having some breakfast

  • 45:00 Using more of the fish
  • 47:20 Sharks as a food source
  • 49:10 Do you enjoy more involved hunts? The hunter mindset
  • 52:35 Creativity and your journey into underwater photopgraphy
  • 01:01:25 How can someone start in underwater photography?
  • 01:03:45 Scary stuff
  • 01:05:45 Spearo Q&A

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