Episode 010:  Chris Okamoto, Marine Biologist & Veteran Spearo

On this episode of Spearfactor today’s guest is Chris Okamoto. He is a marine biologist who works at Cabrillo Marine aquarium in San Pedro and he’s also one of the founders of www.spearingforum.com . The idea behind his form is to have a ethical and professional learning environment where veterans and beginners alike can share information. There’s a ton of information on Seabass, both Black and White, and crazy stories with...

Recorded 03/27/20

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Episode OO9:  Dr. Cyrus Torchinsky, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists 

In the episode of SpearFactor, I speak with ear, nose, and throat Doctor Cyrus Torchinsky. Dr. Torchinsky currently practices medicine in San Diego. He is original from Santa Cruz, California and attended UC San Diego Medical School and then traveled to Boston, Mass for his speciality training. Dr Torchinsky shares his knowledge about various topics including Coronavirus, ear issues and...

Recorded 03/08/20

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Episode OO8:  OneDrop Spearfishing's Robert John Kross and Dr. Michael Orr

In this episode, I speak with Robert John Kross and Dr. Michael Orr from Guam’s OneDrop Spearfishing team. I have had the pleasure of meeting and diving with these two amazing guys over the past couple of years while I was in.....

Recorded 02/02/20


Recorded 01/22/20

Episode OO7: Interview with spearfishing YouTube celebrity Daniel Mann

In this episode I speak with Daniel man who most of you know him from his YouTube channel where he post his videos of giant halibut as well as tips and techniques that are much appreciated in the Spearfishing community. We go over his reason for starting his YouTube channel and...

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Episode 006: OC Spearos Director Brad Thompson

In this episode of Spearfactor, I meet with OC Spearos Director Brad Thompson. Brad and I discuss why we think the OC Spearos has such a huge following in the spearfishing community. Their culture of welcoming divers of all experience levels has fostered a climate perfect for learning and growing your knowledge within the sport of spearfishing. He also shares his thoughts on...

Recorded 12/21/19

Episode 005: Nick Garcia From Nitro Gun Co. Spearguns

In this episode of Spearfactor, I meet with Nick Garcia, the owner Nitro Gun Co, at his workshop in Carlsbad, California.  We began just like we always do, discussing Nick’s background going from his beginning days as a young surfer, to professional MMA fighter, all the way to becoming an avid diver and speargun manufacture. Like most of us, Nick’s journey has many different turns and...

Recorded 11/15/19


Episode 004: Robert Paine For Kimera Spearfishing 

In this episode of Spearfactor, I sit down with Robert Paine, the co-owner of the Kimera Spearfishing. He and his brother-in-law have invented the side slip system, a spearfishing tip that replaces the standard flopper giving you the benefits of a slip tip without the issues involved. I spoke to him about the process of starting a company and how the Kimera Sideslip system evolved into...

Recorded 10/27/19

Recorded 10/09/19

Episode 003: Legendary Waterman Colin Smith

In this episode of Spearfactor, I sit down with legendary waterman and family man, Colin Smith. Colin was a former professional surfer from San Diego with deep family roots in the ocean. He began spearfishing at the age of 22 when a knee injury sidelined his surfing career. He quickly turned a negative into a positive, and began developing his diving skills until...

Episode 002:South African Diver Bas De Vos 

Today on SpearFactor, I speak with South African diver Bas De Vos about his travels and experiences spearfishing around the world, and at home in South Africa. 

We discuss the Killer Whaler/Great White Shark situation in Cape Town, South Africa which has changed...


Recorded 8/26/19


Recorded 9/10/19

 Episode 001: Who is Bret Whitman

I sit down with Jon Stenstrom from Cast and Spear, and we talked about how I got started with diving and this website/podcast thing. Growing up in Orange County, California my first love was the ocean. I started surfing from an early age and wanted to spend as much time in the ocean as possible. This desire led to my friends and I getting...

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