October 14, 2019

Freediving has always been a no-brainer for me, but I fell into the competition side by accident.  In retrospect the seeds were all there.  I joined a swim team at age 6, kept it up for over a decade until I burnt out in college, got into spearfishing because I love the water and seafood, then got back into real training because I discovered that I enjoyed hunting deeper than the other monkeys. 

Pretty soon I'm hooked...

February 16, 2019

This is a fairly simple recipe that takes just a few minutes to prepare.  It's very forgiving and if you're on a boat you can prep the sauce and fresh ingredients in the kitchen before you head out, and just use your day's catch and skip the hot oil and fried ginger.  It works great for any fresh jack fish--yellowtail, rainbow runner, amberjack, tuna, etc...

‐ 2 lbs sashimi grade yellowtail (or any pelagic jack fish)
‐ 3 t...

February 16, 2019

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January 17, 2019

This last autumn, I got an email out of the blue from Edmund Vallance, a writer for the Los Angeles times.  He was interested in freediving and had pitched an idea to the Times--he planned to take a class with a local instructor and write about the experience.  He had zero actual freediving experience and so would be exploring the class as a bit of a regular joe.  I initially assumed that he'd want to take the first level clas...

January 17, 2019

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December 24, 2018

Winter temps mean that our bigger, more glamorous game fish have headed to warmer oceans but shellfish hunting season is in full swing, and despite the colder temps we enjoy some of our best visibility this time of year.  But how do we deal with cooling water and colder air temps?  Easy!  Smart divers know that there's nothing that fuels a full day of diving like a hot thermos full of chowder...

Here is my go-to chowd...

September 10, 2018

This is meant to be a strategy overview for freedivers looking to get the most out of lobster season rather than full, exhaustive tutorial.  For information on lobster gear, how to measure a lobster, and Department of Fish and Wildlife license requirements, etc, I recommend visiting the nearest brick and mortar spearing shop or consulting the California DFW website.

When to hunt?  Anytime!  If hunting during daylight hours you'...

August 12, 2018

Earlier this year I built a custom heart rate monitor to wear when diving.  It's based around a sealed Polar chest strap and a waterproofed Arduino unit with relevant sensors and data logging.  Yes, I know such devices do already exist (ironically a few weeks after I finished my device I picked up a Garmin Descent watch), but I wanted something that I could tinker with and which would provide complete detail with no round...

May 8, 2018

Whenever we submerge ourselves in water, the weight of the water above us puts pressure on the eardrum, and the deeper we go, the greater the pressure.  In order to dive without injury we have to equalize (or 'EQ') the difference in pressure between the water we're diving in, and the airspace inside our ears.  If we do not equalize this pressure we will feel pain in our ears, and--if we continue to dive deeper--we could ruptur...

February 23, 2018

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