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The Podcast show interviewing spearfishing experts, authorities and characters from all over the world. We dial in on the experience and wisdom from a diverse bunch of spearos from all over the globe. From spearfishing in the cold waters of the North Sea and Arctic to the clear, tropical waters of the great barrier reef, we find spearos with tips to help you improve your spearfishing. Listen into Isaac 'Shrek' Daly and Levi 'Turbo' Brown on the Noob Spearo Podcast free
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Noob Spearo Podcast | Spearfishing Talk with Shrek and Turbo Shrek & Turbo - Passionate Spearos

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The Podcast show interviewing spearfishing experts, authorities and characters from all over the world. We dial in on the experience and wisdom from a diverse bunch of spearos from all over the globe. From spearfishing in the cold waters of the North Sea and Arctic to the clear, tropical waters of the great barrier reef, we find spearos with tips to help you improve your spearfishing. Listen into Isaac 'Shrek' Daly and Levi 'Turbo' Brown on the Noob Spearo Podcast free
Find out more at http://www.noobspearo.com.

    NSP:116 Adam Freediver Stern | Equalizing Masterclass

    NSP:116 Adam Freediver Stern | Equalizing Masterclass

    Interview with Adam Freediver Stern Adam Freediver Stern is the Steve Irwin of freediving. His contagious enthusiasm has inspired thousands of people to discover the joy of freediving and freedive spearfishing. It was with much excitement that I got on this call with Adam and we had a great time exploring his freediving journey including his struggles overcoming the 'hard charger' mindset and dealing with the resulting issues. We also get into a heap of questions from the Noob Spearo Community and really get into equalizing issues. There is a tonne of info in the interview that smashed some of my ideas and I found this conversation sensational. Love to hear what you think about it in the comments! Adam Stern lives on the Central Coast, NSW and is an Australian 8 x Australian freediving record holder. Time Stamps 5:00 Welcome Adam to the show 9:00 What is the difference is between freediving and spearfishing? 11:00 Adam's non-romantic but quite intriguing introduction to freediving 18:00 Adam Freediver Stern age:31 19:00 Overcoming the 'Gung Ho' and reprogramming the mind 30:00 Kurt "Can you give us a rundown on what the various freediving course levels are?" 37:30 Sven "How can we level out properly when at depth without causing issues of lung squeeze etc (leveling out at depth goes against everything we are taught to do for deeper dives)?" 39:30 Jason "Fantastic, I love Adam's positivity and mindset. Maybe any questions regarding tips on how he enters a state of calmness during a dive to increase bottom time. I feel like I get caught up in the moment sometimes and get too erratic." 43:00 Discussion about Deepweek and what I think about it 45:40 Todd "Adam stern was and still is huge inspiration for it just myself, but everyone in our dive group SinkPhase. We all started out watching his YouTube videos and that’s how I learned to Frenzle. Some of us are part of his Patreon. Please thank him on our behalf of us. The dive group was talking about breathe ups we learned while getting certified. We all had a slightly different breathe up. I started with a 4/1/8/1 but went to a 3/1/10/1 after my course. What breathe up does he personally think works best? We are spearing if that changes it." 52:50 Cameron "I suppose this is a pretty common question but would be interesting to hear Adams opinion: What can a beginner do to see the most improvement in their breath hold?" 56:40 Kyle "How can duck dive effectively with a gun in hand?" 58:00 Adams spearfishing life 73:00 Veterans Vault: Equalizing Masterclass The Basics. What is equalizing and why do we need to do it? Most common equalizing issues and how to approach them. What to do when one ear equalizes but one doesn't. Luke asks "I’ve been struggling with Sinus infection past few months. What is the best way to recover from Sinus / cold symptoms to get back out diving?" Kelly "Hands free equalization. I got his course. I just can’t do it 😩" How do you clean your ears? How do you keep your ears ok for multi-day diving? "Be patient with equalizing as you are trying to do something really weird with your muscles to do a really weird activity." - Adam Stern 98:00 What is one of the funniest things you've experienced out spearfishing or freediving? 102:00 Spearo Q&A What does the spearfishing experience mean to you in one sentence? Who has been the most influential person in your freediving journey so far? What is the single best resource for spearfishing or freediving? Connect with Adam Freediver Stern; for lots of instructional videos   Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Ran

    • 1 hr 49 min
    NSP:115 Philip Van Zijl - Godfather of the "Spearfishing Mafia"!

    NSP:115 Philip Van Zijl - Godfather of the "Spearfishing Mafia"!

    Interview with Philip Van Zijl - Godfather of The "Spearfishing Mafia"! This episode covers Philip’s spearfishing journey from the jump to competition diving starting in Cape Town, South Africa to New Zealand and plenty of places in between. He’s a champion of the sport, an absolute legend. He’s a major contributor to the spearfishing community, and a big proponent of paying it forward. Something he’s coined “The Spearfishing Mafia”. Our community, sport, and the hobby are niche. It’s even more niche than SCUBA diving. Take advantage of it, and build your network.  Big thanks to Philip for taking the time to “pay it forward” on the Noob Spearo Podcast! This episode is provided to you through the support of  Time Stamps!  10:00 Introduction Philip Van Zijl began diving in Cape Town in 1968 at the young age of 16, without wetsuits and just basic gear taking the train to get to where he needed to be. Yellow tail, crayfish, and other good species were some of his earliest accomplishments, always a good feed! A master of limiting out on crayfish during his years in school. He even paid for a year of his time at university from the fruits of his diving! A strong proponent of speargun awareness, make sure you listen to find out why…  Philip personally procured one of his 120cm spearguns from the legendary Rob Allen, what a story! Think you’re bad about keeping old gear? Philip still has his first catch bag he bought in the 60’s.  26:00 Early struggles spearfishing Personally, rigging your own speargun was a bit more difficult without YouTube… “If you give out kindness, it comes back to you.” – Pay it forward! Learning new spots, on your own – pays dividends later on! Sharing your expertise, and knowledge, doesn’t necessarily mean sharing your spots Proper weighting, weight secure locations (Harness vs. Belt)  31:35 Most memorable catch His last dive in Tauranga, NZ with a mate who brought him to a secret honey hole. 15-20 meters visibility, perfect conditions. Kingfish, historically uncommon for the area but are making a comeback. He was diving with some friends, stomach started to sour, and then returned to the boat. After viewing a bait ball of Kahawai, he grabbed his gear and jumped back into the water. Viewing a school of Kingfish, he pulled the trigger and bagged a PB weighing in at approximately 27 kilos! To hear his second most memorable catch on a “popgun”, tune in to 35:43!  38:50 Favorite species to hunt Snapper, hands down. A challenging quarry, requiring a combination of burly and stealth. 3-4k tops, but no monsters like on the GBR. Slow movements, be calm, don’t look directly *at* them, and let them get within target range. Maintain gun awareness so that when the shot presents itself, it can easily be taken. Learned from losing a 6k Trevally years ago. Learn about the duality of the gun safety discussion here!  42:50 Scariest moments in the ocean While shooting a Blue Moki, the bugger got off the spear and high-tailed it into a crevice. Meanwhile, a surge came and pushed Philip into a crevice in which he was stuck. Every spearo’s nightmare. Trying to remain calm, he considered that a surge which can push you in, can also pull you out. Going for broke, he expelled the air in his lungs to reduce his physical profile and was able to get pulled out on the next surge out to sea. Probably the scariest moment of his life. Lesson learned – be very careful when working a crevice while fishing for crays or otherwise.  48:00 Veterans Vault: The “Spearfishing Mafia” Giving back to the spearfishing community is as important as the sport itself. Hospitality within the spearfishing community is unique to the sport – PAY IT FORWARD! Bring your gear as often as possible when traveling so you never miss an opportunity! Reaching out on social media prior to travel and network

    • 1 hr 18 min
    NSP:114 David Hallamore SCORKL | Luke Growney NINEPIN

    NSP:114 David Hallamore SCORKL | Luke Growney NINEPIN

    Interview with SCORKL founder David Hallamore then Ninepin Wetsuits Luke Growney This episode is a double episode with two Melbourne based entrepreneurs, David Hallamore from the highly successful crowdfunding SCORKL campaign and Luke Growney the owner operator of Ninepin Wetsuits. I caught up with David in an inner city Melbourne pub and learn about the SCORKL journey so far. The same day I had a full day spearfishing outside Port Phillip bay with Luke Growney and we catch up in his backyard with a few brews. This episode (and Melbourne trip) were fully funded by Time Stamps 3:30 Scorkle Founder and Inventor David Hallamore intro 5:30 What is Scorkle? 8:00 Risks | What are they and how do you use Scorkl safely? 13:00 Who are idea SCORKL users? 22:00 The Scorkl Journey 31:50 Find Scorkl here   Check out Scorkl on YouTube here   37:50 Luke Growney a Melbourne Days Diving 41:00 Lukes story getting into spearfishing 43:00 Ninepin Freediving Suits Story. Find Ninepin Spearfishing suits here   47:40 What equipment struggles did you have starting out? 53:20 Some Boating Electronics Tips: Using Gain 56:30 Scariest moment and takeaways 57:40 Scrounging for scallops, oysters and mussels 62:00 What is your favourite thing about spearfishing? 62:45 Funny Moments Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @

    • 1 hr 7 min
    NSP:113 James Beckman | Southern Bluefin Tuna

    NSP:113 James Beckman | Southern Bluefin Tuna

    Interview with James Beckman @southernspearfishing The episode covers the equipment, techniques, mindset, buddy system and personal lessons learned by an avid Southern Bluefin Tuna chaser. James Beckman @southernspearfishing is one of Melbourne's local legends and as such, I organized an interview with him live in the Adreno Melbourne Store (thanks to legend Patrons for funding the trip!). Along with the SBT chat I discover stories and insights from James life spearfishing.  Big thanks to James for taking me out for a day spearfishing and harvesting scallops in Port Phillip Bay:) Jetski spearfishing is pretty fun! Important Moments 5:00 James Beckman introduction and spearfishing background. Chasing small fish in the shallows, calamari and discovering the stoke. 10:00 Early struggles spearfishing.  Overcoming loading challenges.  Selecting a correct length speargun.  Meeting mentors, dive buddies and finding a community. How to get out on boats. Rules, etiquette basics and paying 19:00 Most memorable catch. WA Dhufish (20+kg) 21:45 Scariest moments in the ocean. Surge hunting on the back beaches of Melbourne 33:20 Veterans Vault: Spearfishing Southern Bluefin Tuna Guide Southern Bluefin Tuna () Background targeting these fish in Victoria Finding where they are located (bait, workups, behaviour) Equipment (an added section with more info at end of interview 80:00) The hunting system (roles, preparation, communication) Caring for your catch Preparation  Etiquette with Line Fishing Boats 72:45 Funniest Moments out on the Water 75:00 James Beckman Equipment Bag “Spearfishing is the most expensive way to catch free fish” 80:00 Parting comments and advice on hunting Southern Bluefin Tuna Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @

    • 1 hr 29 min
    NSP:112 Melbourne Spearfishing | Live Panel Interview

    NSP:112 Melbourne Spearfishing | Live Panel Interview

    Melbourne Spearfishing 101 This is a live panel interview recorded in-store at Adreno, Melbourne. Panel members (left to right) included Luke Latham (Adreno Store Manager), James Beckan (@southernspearfishing), Isaac 'Shrek' Daly and Sven Franklin (Club Spearfish President).  This is a pretty comprehensive chat covering seasons, species, predominant conditions, locations and nearly everything else a spearo visiting/living in the area might be interested in. This live Melbourne Interview and Spearfishing trip was paid for by Thank you legends - I had a blast. Live audience community questions included! Listen in:) Connect with the boys Also Mentioned | Catching Crayfish Time Stamps 04:00 Introduction with Luke Latham 12:40 Developing skills on Melbourne Species 17:15 Finding the right locations, understanding the seasons and movements of fish 20:20 Apps that are useful in the area.  Navionics  Google Earth Triggerbrothers.com.au Windy weather app 25:00 Rules and Regulations for spearfishing 26:20 Community Q&A What are the legal requirements for a dive float and flag in Victoria? FOR SPEAROS in Victoria, any vessel with divers operating from it must always display signals by day or night to inform other vessel users. The daytime diver below signal is the international Code Flag 'A', at least 750 mm long and 600 mm wide for vessels less than 10 metres in length. FOR ALL BOAT/JETSKI USERS on Victorian waters a five knot speed limit applies to all operators within: 50 m of a person, for example a swimmer 50 m of another vessel 100 m of a vessel or buoy on which a 'diver below' signal corresponding to the International Code Flag 'A' is displayed – a white/blue flag. 21:30 How can I improve my breathhold for spearfishing? Sven “I would consider apnea walks for improving my breathhold for spearfishing. Apnea walks are basically holding your breath and counting the number of paces you take” 35:00 Jetski Spearfishing? How do you anchor? Is losing equipment an issue? 37:00 How do you find good ground for finding squid? James "The best ground is Southern Port Phillip Bay. Queenscliffe, Portsea through to Rye. But you can find them everywhere at the right times of year." 40:00 How do you find crayfish in Melbourne and capture one successfully? To catch crayfish while freediving in Victoria it’s helpful to have a torch for looking caves, cracks and under rocks. You also need robust gloves as the spines are rough and you need to protect your hands. Find cracks and caves that are relatively protected from current. When you get hold of the crayfish don’t grab the feelers, go for the base of the horns. 45:30 Do you ever target gummy sharks? 48:20 What is your typical breath hold while spearfishing in Melbourne?  A range of breathholds from the panel was 30 seconds to 70 seconds for most Melbourne spearfishing. These are all experienced divers who dive often. 52:00 Any tips for hunting Yellowtail Kingfish successfullly? Svens advice “Time in the water off Cape Shank or Phillip Island” James “Deal with the excitement and try and calm down. Get some exposure to being in the water around them. Go to New Zealand” Check out the - Use the CODE: NOOBSPEARO Spearfishing Clubs in Melbourne are: Club Spearfish Geelong Freedivers Southern Freedivers Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath h

    • 58 min
    NSP:111 I DIVE ALONE | The Spearfishing Dilemma

    NSP:111 I DIVE ALONE | The Spearfishing Dilemma

    A dilemma is when the two choices in front of you are difficult. If you want to go spearfishing but you don’t have a dive buddy then your choices are; to dive alone or stay home. One choice involves a higher level of risk but also the possibility of fun, solitude and all the other wonders we experience when spearfishing. The other; less risk but a missed opportunity to spend the day out in the water. “Your spearfishing buddy is your only true piece of safety equipment when diving”. This is as close to Gospel truth in spearfishing as it gets, so why dive alone? Full shownotes available here This episode is a frank chat about diving alone. Pro’s, Con’s, everything. Listen to this episode and subscribe to the Noob Spearo Podcast MORE on the Spearfishing Dilemma A dilemma is sometimes described as being stuck between a rock and a hard place. In spearfishing this inst just a figurative illustration though, it’s a reality especially chasing crayfish (lobster) or another hole dwelling tasty creature. And caves aren’t the only risk, not by a long shot. Let’s add shallow water blackout, boat/jetski traffic, cramp, current, sharks and all of the other less likely risks to the list. The fact is that having a buddy drastically reduces/mitigates every single one of these risks… BUT…. Let’s be honest. Some spearfishing buddies are so shit you might as well be diving by yourself anyway. AND… There are other appeals to diving alone despite the greatly increased risk of doing so. This conversation with experienced spearfisherman Pat Swanson is an open and candid chat about the reality of diving alone. I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in our Mentioned in the show [BLOG] [PODCAST] Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you.  – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @ 

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Customer Reviews

stoffy21 ,

From noob to beginner, thanks to the noob spero

Shrek and turbo’s podcast has not only cut the learning curve from noob to beginner but also reignited the motivation to get back into Spearfishing. Being a landlocked (2 hours from the coast)spearo, the noob spearo helps keep me motivated and reduces the learning curve by providing in-depth knowledge in an easy and funny format.

keep up the good work

Shabloosh ,

Amazing podcast

I’ve recently been planing on getting into spearfishing more. I’ve done it a few times back in the Maldives when I lived there and since moving to WA the thoughts of sharks has always kept me in 2 minds.

I’m always in the water either swimming or
Surfing but being in the water spear fishing seemed so different to me. I have so much respect for sharks and since I’ve been listening to your podcast I’ve been able to grow my confidence so much more just by listening to all the valuable information that you guys along with your guests provide.

Past that I’ve been able to grow my knowledge of spearfishing that much more just by listening to you guys! Absolutely great. If I could give you guys a 10/10 I would give you a 20/10!

Please keep doing what you guys do ✌🏽🌴

Tyundercam ,

Duncan Henderson Episode

Hey Shrek, this was a great episode. I am working at Adreno Brisbane and we just revived the new Sparid Evo which has a lot of the features you guys are talking about. Lighter spear, lighter rubbers and high accuracy. Even Rob Allen himself is now using these guns. I have been experimenting with the USA laytex as as a softer option after missing a few really close shots. Keep up the good work. And Turbo, Abbott needs his Costello back bro!

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