Maillis walks through his process as a spearfisher — the slow and steady dance of blending in with the surrounding sea life, the patient waiting to become one with the marine landscape, and the pivotal moment of striking a target.
Living on Long Island in the Bahamas, home to Dean’s Blue Hole — the world’s deepest blue hole and second largest underwater chamber — Maillis has access to depths that many people only dream of. The champion sees freediving as a way to complement his skills as a spearfisher.
After losing his younger brother years ago during a free diving accident, Maillis has taken the mantle of his brother’s work.
“He loved freediving with a passion, and he was a better diver than me. In a sense, I’m kind of taking on his legacy as a freediver. I think he would have been the champion for sure,” says Maillis.
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