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January 17, 2019

A new year means we get to plan new trips. We can target new species and visit new waters. The lucky ones will be doing lots of spearfishing and the even luckier ones will be planning these trips for exotic destinations around the world. Seems the guides know this too. If your Instagram looks at all like mine it’s become a full on spearfishing trip advertising competition. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as for the first time in history you’ve got options. I threw together some tips to help you navigate these options and make sure your dream trip doesn’t end in disaster. I’ve also included some tried and true guides that I believe are some of the best in the world. 

Let’s start with a few questions that should always be asked of your guides before sending in that deposit. 

What’s included in the all inclusive? 

Many adventures are to remote areas where all inclusive trips just make sense. There are no restaurants, bars, or accommodation options available except what your host has organ...

February 5, 2018

Early last year, Warren Bird from Hecs Aquatic rang up me and Justin Lee to see if we would be interested in another competition. He mentioned a film project and New Zealand Nationals. All we heard was summertime in New Zealand and we were in. We had zero details aside from dates. He said he would organize everything. All we had to do was show up. 

Fast forward a few months and I’m in Portugal scouting for next years World Champs and I bump into team NZ. No surprise there we had the same idea of scouting at the same time of year as the Worlds. We sit down to dinner and Nationals come up. They ask if I’m ready to swim. I’m confused. Warren has already lined up two boats for us why am I swimming? They say it’s a swim comp like the Interpacific Championships. I reply with, “that can’t be right because I would never agree to a swim competition I don’t swim well”. I’ve never done Interpacs because I’m more of a boat-drop-me-off-over-there, then I’ll spend 5 minutes breathing up, then do a 40...

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