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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...

September 29, 2017

I had been wandering Southern California for weeks without any real interest in diving. After nationals I just had no interest in getting back into the 7 mm wetsuit. I still had not gotten an opportunity at a blue fin and just assumed the run was over. One night hanging out with Julie Riffe we got a report of someone shooting a small one. I scrambled looking for a boat and Scott Darnell came through with a trip to the Coronados. Austin Derry, Scott, Sam and I took off from San Diego headed to Mexico to see what we could find. 

We arrived at the beautiful Coronados islands greeted by an obnoxious sea lion colony and crystal clear water. While me and Sam fawned over the seals Austin and Scott looked at us like we're nuts.

There had been a lot of shit talking on the way out and somehow I ended up jumping in with my 75cm pathos to try and shoot a yellowtail. After missing a few opportunities and seeing some really nice fish I connected with a smaller one and quickly landed it. Then I met wh...

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