PODCAST EPISODES

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Recorded 5/31/20

Episode 014:  Paul Rodriguez From Hot Rod Spearguns  

In this episode, I speak with Paul Rodriguez from Hot Rod Spearguns. While Paul is a sponsor for the show, he truly is one hell of a spearfisherman and speargun builder. During the show we spend a lot of time talking about the right speargun for the right conditions, and his new hybrid travel speargun. Additionally, Paul and I discuss spearfishing for big Dogtooth Tuna over 100 pounds. He shares some of his insane stories about determined fish ripping themselves in half in order to escape from his shaft. 

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Recorded 04/18/20

Episode 013: Carlos Suarez Cuban Spearo & Game Developer

In this episode I speak with Carlos Suarez. He is the creator of the Freedive Hunter Spearfishing game. He is also originally from Cuba where he learn to spearfish. We discuss his early days of diving in Cuba as well as the equipment and techniques they used there. Some of these techniques I have never heard of such as tying a rope to a diver then pulling them up once they reached half way up from ascending on dives over 100’ in order to save oxygen. Most importantly, Carlos shares with me his main reason for creating spearfishing video games which is due to his inability to dive due to a medical condition. His passion and love for fish, especially Trigger fish is all reflected in the game. Every aspect of the game has special meaning behind it and you can hear it in his voice with he speaks with me. It was great to speak with Carlos and I am really excited to share his story with you!

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Recorded 04/18/20

Episode 012: Ultimate Waterman Mark Healey

Welcome to episode 012 of the SpearFactor podcast with special guest Mr. Mark Healey. Mark is a world class spearfisherman, and one of the top big wave surfers in the world. If you don’t believe me just google it! During the podcast, we discuss the surf and dive industries, conservation, why we spearfish, diving at Guadalupe Island with white sharks, and much more.

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Recorded 04/15/20

Episode 011:  Chris Coates, Spearfishing Guide & Adventurer

On this episode of Spearfactor, today’s guest is spearfishing guide and adventurer Mr. Chris Coates.  Chris shares with us his experiences diving in South Africa and beyond. We talk extensively about spearguns, dogtooth tuna, flasher tips, gear, slip-tips vs. floppers, accuracy issues and how to fix them, as well as...

Recorded 03/27/20

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...

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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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Recorded 02/02/20

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.....

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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

Recorded 11/15/19

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 10/09/19

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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

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...

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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 9/10/19

Recorded 8/26/19

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 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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