The Ultimate Compliment To Surfing
Picture this: You're on a surf trip to (fill in the blank), the weather is perfect, and the water is warm and glassy. There's only one problem: There's no surf. Happens all the time, right? Instead of sitting around drinking yourself into a stupor and frequenting houses of ill repute (or is that just us here at TWS?) do something productive and fun: spearfish!
I got into it as a kid, starting off with a three prong Hawaiian sling shooting Corvina to eat and stingrays 'cuz I hated them. I've since graduated up to a bigger gun and bigger (when lucky) fish. There are a ton of super accomplished surfer/spearos including Colin Smith, Cory Lopez, Dave Wassel, and that madman Mark Healey. As those guys will attest to, it's the ultimate compliment to surfing—you dive when it's small and surf when there's swell. As well, the more you dive, the longer you'll be able to hold your breath. Why do you think Healey laughs when taking 20-footers on the head?
Last week I had the opportunity to meet a true legend in the sport, Jay Riffe from Riffe spearguns. I went up to Riffe International headquarters in San Clemente to pick up a new gun and ending up hanging out at the office/shop for an hour picking up a few pointers from a true legend of the sport.
With photos of Jay's record-breaking fish etched into my mind and a new speargun in hand I was off. Now comes the fun part; waiting for the swell to drop so I can go dive and (fingers crossed) get my first White Sea Bass.
For spearfishing tips and stories, go to multiple world record holder Cameron Kirkconnell's site called spearblog.com. His "7 Rules For Bluewater Hunting" is below and a mus-read for those getting into the sport. Go to speargun.com (it's the Riffe site) for all your spearfishing needs, they have everything you could ask, it's like being a kid in a candy for store for spearos.