How to freedive. Tips from a world record holder

an interview to Chris Redl

Last time we wanted to meet him, it was also the austrian TV on his calendar. Chris you’re a man in demand.10 world records, stuntman, actor, playboy dude,… You just have it all. What we need to achieve our life goals?

It’s easy – you need a dream and you should always ask – WHY you want it and how hard … Because than you have the motivation to reach it …

IG @chris.redl
IG @chris.redl

Everything is About Motivation in your life

Yes, sometimes fear just blocks us from getting to the place that we dream of. You as a professional freediver, it’s clear that you had to overcome many barriers to achieve some what apparently seems inhuman goals. How did you start into freediving?

I was 6 years old when I got my frist fins and mask from my Uncle … with 10 I started also scuba diving … With 17 I saw the movie “The Big Blue” and I want to be a professional freediver … My parents were not really happy 🙂 but I saw also another movie – “Wallstreet” – so I finished School and worked in a bank … But I worked 13 years on my big Dream and with 30 I stopped working in the bank and now I am a professional freediver …

Oh, ok. So you also have knowledge about finances. Tell me how did you come to try to achieve a world record? How was the training?

oh yes i do 🙂 at the beginning I was also competing in freediving competitions, but I realized it’s hard to find Sponsors and you also get not so much media Coverage … So I believed that world records are much better. I know that I Need Sponsors to make Money for Living – with world records you get media Coverage and with media Coverage you get Sponsors 🙂 I checked the Guiness book of records and found a record in freediving under ice – this was the beginning …

Good advice

it’s really easy when you know what you want in your life – because then you find ways to reach it

I can’t be more with you

the most important Thing in life – make a decision and work on it

I’ve seen that many of your world records are related into cold temperatures. I’ve been practicing the Wim Hof Method, but honestly here in Spain even in winter isn’t a hard challenge. As a freediver mind control is crucial and into coldness keep a calm state also. What other techniques do you practice? Meditation? Yoga? Some tips?

I do some breathing exercises and most Import mental training. I think the mental Training is the most important part . I do a lot of Focus exercises and Relaxing is also a key to success

Positive thinking Needs less Oxygen than negative 🙂

I didn’t know that!

But makes sense. Less struggle?

sure – if you think negative your heard beat is higher …

Interesting

I try that my heart beat is around 60 when I start Holding my breath and goes down to around 30 …

What kind of pre-exercises would you recommend to somebody that wants to make a freedive course?

not too much – it’s better to learn it directly in the Course … you should be able to swim – that’s all …

you can learn in 1 Hour to double your time underwater!

I had 8.000 students in 20 years – most of them – 99% double the time or made much more than that …

That is a big number! Tell us a little bit about your courses. Where do you make them? How long do they take? and dates?

So normally the Courses are two days … at the first day you learn how to breathe and relax … most of the time in a Swimming pool – we do the breathhold and dynamic freediving (distance in the pool) and on the second day we go in a lake or sea to do the Deep freediving …

In Austria, Germany, Switzerland or in the winter: Bahamas, Maldives, Egypt (all the nice places).

but if you are a Group of People I teach everywhere 🙂

After the interview I’m going to snorkel a bit with a friend. I’ve tested some goggles. At the end I bought a ‘mares’ equipment. Is it true that potato helps to not get it with fog? What to do if you get water inside even if they are good on your face, vaseline? Some more tips?

ok Mares is really nice and good … if you have a new mask you should use our lighter to burn the protective layer inside the glasses… for each dive you just have to spit in the mask and clean it – you will never have a fog 🙂 And if you have a snorkel and you go underwater by Holding your breath, please take out the snorkel out of your mouth… when you reach the Surface you can easily breath… Before you freedive – you should inhale and double the time for the exhale – it helps you to relax… Do it a few times and than hold your breath.

Great advice!! Yes! the lighter stuff, have heard about. About the snorkel, got yesterday exactly this discussion! Did it! What is for you the best gear? Which are your sponsors? What do sponsors look when they are looking to some ambassadors?

The snorkel is very important – also for saftey reasons … the best gear is from Mares or Cressi. Mares is one of my Sponsors. It changed in the last years – companies are now Looking for much more social media stuff than before. You need Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. more followers means more Money 🙂

hahaha ok

You are in many projects but one of them is compromised with the oceans and the sharks if I’m not wrong. Could you tell us a bit about it?

Yes I love Sharks – really! Nothing is better than freediving with them!

Sharks are very important for our Oceans and that’s why we need to protect them – People kill each year around 100 Million Sharks – Sharks kill around 6 to 8 People… Without Sharks our Oceans die – when the Oceans die – human die! every second breath we take is from the Oceans! That’s why I founded a Project with the Name “7Oceans – for the love of the Oceans”. 

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At the end of the interview it would be nice that you leave all the links of your projects…

I will just break new worldrecords to create Attention to this important Topic!

Let us be informed to publish to the community!

You have traveled a lot freediving. Which would be your 5 best spots to practice freedive?

I really love French Polynesia – amazing place and really cool to freedive with humback whales … Bahamas for freediivng with Sharks, Greenland with the ice mountains, Maldives because its paradise and last in mountain lakes – Cold but Crystal clear water

Could you tell us any anecdote during your freedive travels?

I have so many 🙂 but the best one I think was in French Polynesia. I was there with my camera man and friend Peter, he was Living there for many years. We tried to freedive with humpback whales. One day we found a male – sleeping at around 10 meters Depth. he was around 15 meters Long. I was diving down and watch his closed eye – the distance was around 5 meters … Peter told me I should swim Closer to get a better pic. I ask how close? Much Closer was the answer … He is sleeping … Ok – I did it and the distance was just 1 meter from his closed eye – its huge 🙂 

Jesus!

When I started to swim back to the Surface my fins created some water pressure and the whale woke up! In one second I watched in his opened black eye and he frightened and of Course me too. Normally when they sing underwater its very high this time it was a very Deep Sound from the whale … He dived down and I dived up … 

Holly encounter! Impressive for both, I guess!

Was strange because of the Deep Sound of him, I felt that my heart beat was out of Control …

Uuff

Was really strange … If you freedive, most of the animals in the water come much Closer than during a scuba dive!

They are more confident?

Yes and you create no bubbles and noise …  So they think you are an interesting fish 🙂

hahaha. Chris, what are your future projects?

I will try in a view weeks a new world record attempt in a very cool lake in Austria – if they Project is going on as planned … And most important to work on “7Oceans” …



Sehr gut

danke 🙂

Before finnish would you like to tell something more?, any advice? promote something? 🙂

Only one Thing: Please try to Keep our Oceans clean and protect what you love … 

Perfect!

Thanks 

Thanks for your time! I’m going to put in practice right now some of your tips snorkeling!

great

Wish you a great day!

I have to say thanks you!


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Tips from a retired paralympian into travel & extreme sports

an interview to Beth Requist

IG @beth_requist

I’m super happy to talk to you. I think I don’t know anyone from Colorado 😅 How are you?

Haha really?! That is surprising as it feels like it has grown SO much!




I’m great! Out on a bike ride with my dog. Was trying to make it back before this call but didn’t make it haha.

Where do you exactly live?

Winter Park. It is a small ski area, but growing quickly.

How are the seasons there? When is the best time?

It’s nice, we have 4 seasons, but summer is short. Winter is the best for skiing!

You do paralympic ski athlete in the disciplines of Biathlon, and Cross Country Skiing

How is it a normal day before competition?




Well I have actually retired! I switched to alpine ski racing, but broke my back a second time and had to get my back refused so I just ski for fun now. 

But previously when I trained, days were very long. We basically trained, ate, trained, ate, slept.

Outch!

I’m curious about something because I’ve never shot to anything. Did you already know how to shoot before the Biathlon or you learnt also this new?

I had been shooting a few times prior, but was basically learning new. Shooting was my favorite part. It is super challenging because you have to quickly bring your heart rate down to steady your shot.

Yes of course! It has to be super difficult to stay calm after all the physical effort.  In which other sports are you involved?

I alpine ski lots in the winter and in the summer I have gotten into downhill mountain biking. I have also tried surfing, which was so fun!

Yes agree, surf is fun but downhill mountain biking looks also fun! Do you travel for practice this sports? How is it about the gear? Is there places where to rent the adaptive equipment or do you have to bring your own?

I am fortunate to live where I can ski and bike about 15 min away at the ski area. Unfortunately these bikes are so rare that they aren’t available to rent where I live. I think there might be a place in Vermont that has them available. I bought mine and it wasn’t cheap haha.

Nothing is cheap anymore 😅

Haha true that!

You were on it now, right?

Yup!

Could you explain a little bit how is the adaptive ski gear?

Well you buy the actual sit ski with a really good shock, then you separately buy a bucket that you have custom molded for your butt. Like a ski boot. And then you can switch out the ski you ride. So on a powder day I put on a fatty or if I’m just cruising I’ll use an all mountain or old race ski.

When you travel you look for places where to do this sports or are you looking to test other things? Where have you been?

I usually just travel to experience new places and things. Traveling with my sit ski or mnt bike is a pain. Although this winter I am going to Zermatt to ski, so that should be interesting!

I have been to France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Indonesia

Which tips could you give to other people with disabilities for travel?

Travel with someone that can help you navigate stairs! And also when traveling on the plane, pack a carry-on with all your meds and medical supplies in case your luggage gets lost!

Good advice!

Things will inevitably go wrong, you have to be able to roll with it!

Now that we’re doing this interview and knowing that you’re going to Zermatt. Here are some users registered that works there I think. Also followers on our social media accounts, for sure. Would like to say something. Like if you want to meet people or ask for info?

That would be great! I’m curious how the town is laid out. I also heard there are lots of t bars. So that will be an adventure ha

hahaha

🤷🏼‍♀

Haha

Ok, now before finnish your best places in the world where to practice  ski, surf, mountain bike and all the other things that you do

I’d say Winter Park for skiing and biking, because it is accessible for all disabilities. San Diego, CA for surfing

Perfect

And also…. Future plans? Projects? Promote something? or anything that you want to say to the community

My future plans are to just travel and adventure as much as I can! My friend Sophie and I started an adaptive travel blog we want to pick up. It provides resources for people traveling with a disability. Our insta handle is: ouradaptiveworld and website www.ouradaptiveworld.com

Cool! It was a pleasure Beth. Wish you a nice day!

Great to talk to you! You as well!



Tips from kitesurf instructors traveling

an interview to Casey & Scotty

IG that_kite_couple

“That kite couple” are Casey and Scotty. You have several projects and a lot of experience in kitesurfing. But first let’s start from the beginning. How are you? 🙂

We are very good thank you. But yes as you said we have a lot of projects going on so we are keeping ourselves busy.

How are you?

Fine, thank you. When did all start? How did you come into kitesurfing?

Good to hear.

We started together in January 2014.  We spent the year before dreaming about learning, we would watch the kiters on the beach for hours until we decided to reach out to places around the world for a work exchange as didn’t quite have the money to do it on our own. We were very surprised to receive several offers but one in particular grabbed our attention in Sri Lanka who asked to come out within three weeks, so we booked a ticket and left.

We were working in Europe in the Canary Islands and Greece.

We stayed in Sri Lanka for 5 months practicing every day! Within the first week we knew we wanted to be instructors! It all happened very fast

Which certifications did you get?

Actually we did not do our IKO certification then, it wasn’t until about two years after when we wanted to return to the same company and work as Instructors which required an IKO certification

Did you do it there?

No, we took the course in Thailand in Pak nam pran. We taught for two years without, but wanted better ourself and grow with the sport which meant getting qualified

What advice would you give to someone that wants to become an instructor?

Do it! Haha.

Hahaha

Get certified, choose a good school with a good location and high wind stats and many tourists to be able to sustain this lifestyle. Don’t just take any job offer do your research. Many places search for instructors but don’t have suitable conditions and you can easily land on your arse broke.

And did you always travel together? Was from the beginning to kitesurf and travel, a team work?

Yes, after three weeks of knowing each other we moved abroad.

I was already travelling and Scott had just left the army so he joined me. We moved to tenerife first where we first saw kitesurfing. And have been working, living and travelling together since. From late 2012

Beautiful! For sure, do you have a lot of adventures during this time. Would you like to share one? 😀

Oh yes, many, what would you like to what, the good bad or ugly.

Haha

hahaha. Ok, a good one and a bad one

Okay let’s start with something juicy.. one of our crazier stories in 2015 Egypt Sinai. We had a film crew come to film a short lifestyle video about us and we stupidly tried to bring a drone into the Sinai which didn’t go down to well. We were detained for 17 hours by national security who believed we were spies. They took our passports and got very aggressive with us. Luckily we had some friends high up and after hours and hours of phone calls we allowed to go but had to leave the drone behind for a friend to collect the next day.

Fuuuck! hahaha

Travelling for this many years we have had many good stories and experiences and so hard to pinpoint one,  but one adventure we would never forget was a catamaran trip around Sri Lanka’s coast finding the best spots for another promotional video with my kiteboarding team.

It was just incredible from the first moment

We had our kiteboarding team, good friends and even my dad flew out to join after 2 years of not seeing him!

😂 this was the start to three months of terrible things happening but we took it a sign we were not meant to stay in Egypt and it worked out well.

Could you tell me your 4 favorite spots to do kitesurfing?

Oh great question! 

1) Laguna grande – Paracas National Reserve

2) Mannar – Adam’s bridge Sri Lanka

3) Vella island – Sri Lanka 

4) Isla blanca – Cancún

Laguna grande is where you are now, right?

Yes in Peru, but still an hour away from our main spot

Ok, tell me a little bit all the projects that you are involved and what services do you provide

Okay, so we started with reopening perukite, a kitesurfing school in paracas last year in 2018.   We offer kitesurfing lessons, equipment rentals and guided surfaris through the national reserve all year round but our dream was always to have a kite camp and this followed within 1 year. We started Paracas kitecamp in mid April 2019. Originally it was a backpacking hostel but we are completely stoked to  renovate everything and turn this into a kiters paradise. Within two weeks we made huge changes and kitesurfers started to come immediately. But it had been ongoing work ever since and we aim to complete before the high season in November with many more changed. Right now we offer accommodation, tours and transfers and have a bar and restaurant inside camp. The camp is 5 minutes drive away from paracas town. It’s the perfect place to sleep under the stars after an exciting day. The village is very peaceful and we are definitely unique within oaracs. We have a yoga roof with sunset lounge, a gym, pool, games and entertainment for all guests to use. But with these now combined we now offer beginner- advanced kite camps which was always the ultimate dream

Are you also doing paragliding?

Yes we are both pilots and our business partner had a paraglidng school perufly

Jesus! It  looks a dream place. How many people can be there?

Thankyou! Right now we have 4 rooms and two tents. Maximum we can have is around 14 people. But with plan to add a few more rooms but we like to keep it small and personable.

Nice!! When are the best seasons?

The best season is from Nov-april with wind most days

How is it with internet?

However even in the lowest season May-August we still receive around 60% wind probability. Like most of Peru, it’s there but slow 😂

hahaha

Any tips for people that wants to visit Peru?

Some days are great and someday are just not, but we are quite remote.

Do the people there speak other language than spanish?

Yes! Visit the coast, many people head straight into the mountains when there miles and miles of amazing coastline line. 

Also take your time Peru is a large country with a lot to see from the snow topped Andes mountain range to the amazon rainforest and desert all along the coast. There is many indigenous languages spoken throughout Peru. English is very limited but most tourist areas the locals Will speak some basic English, so it’s a Great place to practice your Spanish

Muy bien!

😉

Ok, I think we have come to an end with the interview. 

God! I’m still thinking about the drone ni Egypt and you as spies. Did they know Scotty was in the army? 😂 

Scott deliberately got rid of anything linking him to the army before travelling there , it’s not something we really spoke of much there. But after hours of frustration and we even ran out of money for water, I rested my head on his shoulder and then got shouted at and made to stand apart from each other

Pfff

Yep pff was glad to leave in the end

Would you like to tell something before finnish? Promote something? Future plans? Any advice?

Actually yes I would very much like to tell you about our business partner who looks for volunteers all year long. We work with a very nice family who have dedicated their lives to social projects around Peru. 

Most of the profit from Paracas Kite Camp helps to fund an orphanage in Lima and a recycling company.

We have started  to work together and clean up the  Paracas area too and we encourage anybody to join us and anyone is welcome to help in any of these projects.

Great!

We are very excited for the future here. Perukite is growing fast and we have many more ideas. Kiteboarding changed our lives and it can change your too. Always here for advice, feel free to contact us anytime.

Perfect! It was a pleasure!! Hope also to hear from you!

Thank you very much! Appreciate it 😊🤙

Paracaskitecamp.com

Perukite.com


Experiences from a traveler yoga teacher

an interview to Christine Rose

Hi Christine, How are you? I see that you are in Endurer fitness and also that you’re moving to several places. Has it always been with EF or have you moved before practicing yoga. How did all start?

Hey there! I just returned from a week off, at the ocean, so I’m really fine

In 2018 I participated at the endurer fitness sports camp in Croatia. During the week, they got to know that I am doing yoga and asked me if I wanted to teach a class during the camp. it was great, so we continued with the yoga classes. so that’s how the teaching started. since January 2019 I am teaching  regular classes at their home base near Munich.

🙂

How did you start into yoga? Where have you learnt?

I started yoga about 12 years ago. I had a great teacher, Stefanie Erb, she is a dancer, dancing teacher, choreographer and yoga teacher

In which kind of yoga are you into?

well, I like all kind of flowing movement, and use also some  inspiration from dance, fitness and other sports I did. So it’s a nice vinyasa flow style

In Croatia, how was it to teach on other language? Was your first time?

in Croatia we did in fact only German classes, the participants spoke all German. but I was in a surf camp in Andalusia in winter, where I had about 10 German and 5 Scottish people. my yoga class was half-German, half-English, and on top we had an audience.

What? Haha

🙂

How it was there? In which part of Andalucia where you?

in the beginning it was super weird, but in the end I definitely liked it. El Palmar de Vejer, near Cádiz spent my Christmas days there. at the beach

Oh nice. In which other places have you traveled? Which would be your top nature spots where you practiced yoga?

my favorite yoga spots are directly at the beachfront, on hills, mountains, and lakes. just visited Sardinia and Corsica by sailing boat, both definitely worth a visit. there is a group of tiny islands called La Maddalena, which provides super stoked nature spots. Portugal heavily impressed me, especially the Algarve. I also loved Mexico where I was several years ago.

In 2020 I want to travel and work as a yoga teacher in surf camps, wakeboard camps, other sports camps, on sailing boats, in yoga studios. any special spots that cross my way around the globe.

Oh, that is fantastic! What advice would you give to someone that wants to travel teaching yoga? What other skills do you think are necessary?

wherever I am, I love detecting some cozy sites to relax, and also meditate and do yoga there.

🙂

a yoga teacher training, some teaching experience and language skillz are a pretty basis. sort out which camps/studios/etc. interest you. connect with people. you could also say that some marketing and sales proficiency will help as well but basically the rest will simply work out.

How it was a normal day at the surfcamp?

😉

delicious breakfast as a starter. followed by a good amount of surf for sure. and usually a relaxing after-surf yoga class. in Andalucia we changed the yoga spot each day – beachfront, garden of the main house, other gardens. and still there was enough time to chill before dinner. Depending on the wave forecast sometimes also early morning yoga. but I am usually more enthusiast for the lazy-bird classes

That looks a dream day!

Oh yes, those are dream days!

Ok Christine, we have come to the end of the interview. Hope that comes a yoga job offer that fits to you. You’ll be notified if something comes on Stoked Nomads. Any country predilection?

Cool. Would you like to finnish telling something more? Promote something? Advice?…

would love to catch a job via stoked nomads! currently I’m focusing on Europe, Asia, South America, but I’m also open for great spots and people anywhere else.

anyone who would like to connect and bring something up together – just get in touch. I’m fan of fancy concepts, cooperating, being creative. I have plenty of ideas and would love to discuss some.

💚

It was a pleasure!

my pleasure! thanks a lot for the interview. all the best and keep enjoying 🙂