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This Ocean Life Podcast. Weekly podcast series capturing the stories and perspectives of people around the world who have based their lives on the ocean. Fishing, freediving, surfing, paddling, spearfishing, sailing, anything in the ocean… Hosted by Josh Pederson.

August 18, 2019

Bobby Twitchell — Maui life underwater, spearfishing, freediving, sustainability

In Episode 88 I sit down with Bobby Twitchell, a man born and bred in the waters of West Maui. Bobby shares stories of fishing and spearing from the age of 4 through today where he runs Maui Spearfishing Academy, a thriving local business introducing people to free diving and spearfishing with a major focus on education and sustainability. We hear stories of Bobby teaching himself the ways of hunting underwater and the continual progression of his free diving education and skill. Bobby shares his perspective on college life in Arizona then returning to Maui and building his business, stories of pursuing big fish and dealing with sharks and other natural challenges in the waters of Maui, and what Bobby's familiarity with the local reefs and fish of Maui means to him. We hear of Bobby's formal freedive training and his natural breath holding ability (which I am admittedly envious of) and his great perspective on competitive freediving versus doing it for the love of the hunt. And we open up by recounting a tale of Bobby and I being way to close to the path of a speeding boat during a dive on the Napili coast :)

Thanks for sharing Bobby's ocean life with us. Be sure to check out photos and videos of Bobby on Instagram and his Maui Spearfishing Academy website. You can also find fun stuff on the ThisOceanLife.TV Instagram and Facebook pages. We are on Twitter ranting about anything cool happening in the ocean.

 

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