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 …

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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 …


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”. 


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 🙂 


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 …


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 … 



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


Wish you a great day!

I have to say thanks you!

IG: @Chris.redl and @savethe7oceans

Tips from a retired paralympian into travel & extreme sports

an interview to Beth Requist

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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.


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?


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




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


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

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

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“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.


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.


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 😂


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


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.


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 😊🤙

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 🙂

Tips from a surfer & copywriter to the Surf Industry

An interview to Lachlan Campbell

Hi Lac! We have talked already several times. But today, we’ll know you a bit more and learn about the service that you’re doing to the surf industry writing these great articles. How are you?

Good thanks. Currently enjoying the European summer in Portugal

Oh great! I’m right above you, in Galicia 🙂 Where do you come from?

Galicia… yet another place I’d love to visit. I’m from Australia originally but I’ve been based in Europe for the last 4 years

Nice. When did you start as a copywriter?

Back in 2015. I picked up a small writing job as a way to put some money in the bank account after coming back from a Mexico/Central America surf trip and kind of just went from there.I’d already worked in marketing before so I had a bit of experience

I’m following you already since one year. You have a great info blog for surfers. I’ve also seen that you have done many works for different sectors. But being a surfer and a traveler you’re doing great content on this niche. Tell us a little bit about your professional experience

Yeah when I first started I would take any job I could get. After a couple of years though I began to pick up some work for Wrangler, Davidoff, Heineken and a few other international brands. Whilst working for these companies was a great experience, I was always looking to marry my love for surfing with my job. So over the last 12 months I’ve been approaching surf schools, surf camps and surf retreats all over the world with an aim to help them grow their digital reach.

I’ve now worked for businesses and companies within the learn to surf industry in France, Portugal, South Africa, Australia, USA and Spain.

I think that is a fantastic idea for surfcamps. Great content is crucial to be visible on the internet 

Yeah I think content that is informative and tailored to people who are curious about learning to surf is key. I’m not writing for professional shredders after all and surfing is an activity that can be enjoyed by everyone

Tell me do you work remotely?

Sure am and have been since I started. I love it for the sole reason that I can always sneak off for a wave when the surf is good. However I work pretty long hours so I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like to

Yes of course, being a digital nomad doesn’t mean to be moving around all the time. It has to be even more disciplined and organized. The nice thing about it is by moving from time to time as a writer and as a surfer you can experience on your own what it is to travel with surfer gear, what you find in common on all places or things that still need to improve. Have you worked for surf trip companies?

Exactly… having a routine and a daily planner helps for sure. As for surf trip companies, I’ve worked with one based in Indonesia that offers sustainable surf travel packages to islands in the Mentawais

My focus is more on helping surf camp/school/retreat owners get their brand out there though. There’s so much competition and only a small percentage actually invest in online marketing. It’s no surprise these are the more successful ones.

Yes agree, it isn’t just about writing you need to have knowledge about SEO and what people are looking for. It is a hard skill where time to implement it is needed. What do you think surfcamp webs are missing?

I think most learn to surf business websites are ok as far as getting contact information out there and at the very least having a webpage that shows up when people search for them online. I think they miss a lot of business though by not promoting their knowledge, their successes and their own style of doing things, which is really the point of difference that may make someone book with them as opposed to another surf camp

Digital nomads & remote workers are looking for surfcamps/retreats/schools to enjoy where they go. I think you as a surf DN and copywriter, you can really push up any website on the need of being more visible. On the other side, as you say, to know what makes your camp different can make it highlight over others 

That’s right. Most surf camps rely on referrals, walk-ins and repeat customers, which means every camp is essentially fishing from the same pond when it comes to finding customers. If a camp wants to grow their business and take it to the next level though, they need to be reaching the people who are about to take a learn to surf trip to a particular country and are totally green as to who they should book with

What is your view about the places where you have been on the surf scene? Could you share as your favorite ones? The community, spots,…

So as far as being a surfer that also works online, all I need is a decent internet connection and good waves to make me happy. Places such as Huanchaco in Peru, Santa Teresa in Costa Rica and the Algarve in Portugal tick these boxes for sure. All of them also have coworking spaces and a great community of people with similar interests

Of course… it’s hard to beat the waves in Australia when I go back to see the family


Oh beautiful! Have you learnt spanish? what about portuguese?

I’m fluent in both Spanglish and Portugenglish


Nah.. to be honest I think as an Australian we’re somewhat predisposed to being rubbish at learning languages. My wife is from Austria so I speak a bit of German… but most of what I say is received with a polite smile and a slow head nod, so I’m almost positive that my Deutsch ist auch furchtbar

Krass! Wir reden fast Die gleiche sprache!

In Spain and I think also in Portugal, are coming more and more news about sharks next to the beaches. But, I mean, they were always there! At least most of them. As an australian surfer. Are you scared about sharks? 😂 Should we worry? 🤣

If people actually knew how close they are to sharks when they’re in the water they’d never surf.

Sometimes I hear the theme from Jaws in my head when I’m in the water by myself early in the morning or in the evening, but I always come back to the fact that if a shark chooses to attack you, you’re pretty much done for anyway, so you might as well just not think about it. Definitely don’t need to worry about them as much as the media might have you believe


Sooo, we have to come to an end… It was a pleasure. Your advice can be really useful for those that are in the surf and travel industry. Tell us, where can we find you? Webs, social accounts,… And if you want to promote something, share future plans, tell something to our readers,…

It’s been splendid! For sure reach out via email or find me as Lac Campbell on Stoked Nomads. I’m in the process of creating a new business website so I’ll share the link on SN once it’s live

Perfect! Wish you a nice time in Portugal. BTW yesterday started the surf championship here in Galicia, Pantin Classic. If at the final are good waves we’ll hang there. If you come it will be a pleasure!

Oh yeah I saw that. I was watching Chopes last night (don’t tell me who won, I haven’t seen the final). Likewise if you plan on coming to the Algarve, let me know!

Oh, me too. It was… 🤐 You’ll see! Bye!

Haha noooooo!

Thanks for the opportunity to chat mate, I appreciate it.

Tips from a ski instructor athlete & windsurfer

an interview to Hanna Misniakiewicz

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Hi Hanna! 🙂 You’re are from Poland but seeing your instagram it looks that you have moved a bit outside the country. Where have you been?

Hi 🙂 During the last few years I spent a couple of months in the U.S, Greece and Italy as a student or instructor. Besides that, I also try to plan my journeys/vacations to the countries inside and outside Europe, such as Portugal or Vietnam this summer.

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Are these trips also related into extreme sports?

Well, they are related to my 2 favourite sports- skiing and windsurfing. I am not sure if you can call them extreme sports compared to bungee jumping tough 😀 I am both ski and windsurf instructor so that makes travelling much easier!

And how did you start into this sports?

My family has always valued sports more than collecting material things. So when I was a kid, my parents taught me everything about skiing and windsurfing. They thought that training was the best way to learn perseverance and commitment and encouraged me to become a better athlete. I think they were right. When I grew up, I still wanted to improve, gain more experience and share this passion with others.

So you are a ski and a windsurf instructor right? What did you do in Italy? 🙂

Yes. Well, Italy has a special place in my heart- I actually finished my high school there. So whenever I go to Italy, I just can’t wait to speak Italian again, eat well, ski, climb the mountains and hopefully visit my friends. Italy has it all! I usually work at the polish ski camps as an instructor

Oh, great! you also speak Italian! Do you speak any other language?

I studied German for a couple of years but now I can mainly communicate on a very basic level. However, I am working on my Spanish as I want to study in Spain in the next 1-2 years 🙂

Oh sehr Gut! Yo estoy ahora en España! 💃 But before going into future plans. Which other languages do you think are a big plus to find work as a ski or windsurf instructor?

Of course English is a must. As for skiing- German is a big plus (Austria,Switzerland, North of Italy, Germany, also many windsurfing schools are german) and I would also say Spanish

IG hannmis

Agree. I’ve also realized that russian could be also a big plus 🙂

On the ski camps. On which type of ski where you more into and why?

Oh yes that’s true! Do you mean the brand?

Ah, no. Are you sponsored? 

I am by Head ski 🙂 

How did you come to it? 🙂

Ski racing is what allowed me to be sponsored. Although now I am switching from alpine skiing more into freeride, we still want to collaborate as a brand ambassador

IG hannmis

So the best way to get a gear and be sponsored is to be a good ambassador, who cares about the positive image and impact of the brand

You are also skilled in branding & storytelling. I think that is a real good combination for any sports brand. Specially in ski & windsurf in your case 😎 Any advice to people that wants to get sponsors?

I would say ask yourself ‘what can I offer to the company, how would they benefit from working with me’, prepare your offer/plan and then talk to people, stay open, try & try 🙂 

You never know.

👌 Nice advice! 

You’re also a talented photographer. It would be nice to leave at the end of the interview links where people can find your work and contact you. Talking about photos, could you share best spots where you have been? Like your top 4 spots in the world?

Thank you, my website is:

I’m not a pro photographer however I do like to take pictures along the way and that’s the place where I put them :). There are still many places I really want to visit but as for now, best spots are: 

1. Portugal- surfing paradise 

2. Val Gardena (Italy)- amazing winter experience 

3. Karpathos (Greece)- where wind never stops 

4. Britih Columbia- incredible nature and all kinds of sports


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Do you have more skills/hobbies? 😅

Skills- brand management/consulting (which is still in progress).  

Hobbies, I like to play my ukulele from time to time, watch sunsets and write journals a lot, do craft things when I have time (letters, notebooks, albums). Everything related to nature is my hobby haha, like sunrise and yoga, hammock and coffee, good book and mountains.

Great! like ukelele too. Great companion for trips! I used to play a 12 string guitar, but was too big to move around. Ok, it was a pleasure to meet you 🙂 Would you like to share something? Future plans to tell to people that are reading this, maybe from Spain? Any advice? Promote something? Where people can find you? Social accounts?

That’s so nice, we must play together one day! First of all, if by any chance my experience could help you (maybe you want to visit Poland, go skiing etc) feel free to contact me and ask about anything :). Secondly, I am always open to work on different projects around the world (sponsorship, branded content, shooting, projects) – so if my skills are what you need, write me. I am currently looking for a watersports brand which I could collaborate with :). I would much appreciate any advice regarding surfing in Spain and all the contact information is on my instagram @hannmis.

Cool! Yes I’ve been already in Poland several times!

I really appreciate your support. You’re multiskilled person and who knows how the futer comes. Anyway any news sent to Stoked Nomads that fits to you, you’ll get notified 🙂

Also for all the readers, if any is interested in contact her I leave your profile link below

Thank you for this interview and your great intentions. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

It was a pleasure!

Tips from an APNEA freedive instructor

Interview to Marcela Ávila

Hi Marcela. How are you?

Great just arriving to Boston from Maine in the yatch I’m working on 🙂

Oh, so I got lucky to get you with internet.

haha yes

It is a pleasure to have your time. There are not many people with so many skills and connected to the ocean like you, definitely you’re ‘The Woman of the Water’ How did all start?

haha aw thanks

I don’t know really, I was born in Bogota, the capital of Colombia which is located right in the Andes mountains 2600 meters above sea level, but at a very young age my parents put me on swimming lessons, then my childhood and early teen years consisted of spending most of my afternoons in the swimming club. Then at the age of 6 they took me to an island in the Caribbean side of Colombia and I met the ocean. It was as I was always meant to be there.

And then you decided to do your diving courses there?

Then every year I would anxiously await till our next trip to the big blue. Then at 16 during our prom trip to this same island,  I took all my savings to a dive shop and missing about 7 bucks asked them to show me what’s down there. That moment I knew where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

I even fell in love with my instructor I remember haha


Was it easy for you to learn it? Which certifications did you get?

Yeah I remember he told me for first timers we would do a 45 minute dive, I was so comfortable he took me for an hour and a half. He said I was a natural lol.

Nah I just kept doing lots of DSD’s later on throughout my travels, till I happened to go to Thailand and decided “ok I’m going to just do it for once”. I did my open water in Koh Tao, then my advanced while traveling Central America in Utila, then Rescue when back traveling Asia in Koh Tao, where I then decided to stay and do my masters which got me a job in the same school Roctopus Dive, few months later went to Australia to work save up and came back to de my instructors with Roctopus and stayed working with them for a good time.

You have worked as a scubadiver and as a freediver right? How it is a normal day as a diver? 🙂

yes both, I did scuba for years then found Freediving :).

A normal day? very wet lol


They are both very different disciplines. So my morning routines are completely different. If scuba i would get up super early and eat as much as I can because water gets my hungryyyy.

If freediving, it’s much more aware and connected. I don’t usually like eating as I dive way better on an empty stomach, then I would do my morning stretches, including body stretches, breathing exercises, diaphragm stretching, equalizing dry exercises to check how my ears are doing that day and to end I just sit and meditate. I visualize my best dive of the day and this is a good tool to tell me if I’m going to have a good day in the water or not. Freediving is 20% body – 80% mind for me.

Beautiful. For a newbie that wants to start as a freedive instructor. What advice would you give? 

Lots of patience with your students. A lot of people that come to learn freediving are people that are trying to overcome deep fears or bad experiences with the water, so being able to recognize this and adapt to them and allow them to have an amazing experience it’s very very important I believe.

Traveling, which certification does it fit better?

I’m an Apnea Total instructor, and I chose to be so, one because I like their curriculum, and two because of the flexibility to work as a freelancer while moving around the globe. If you don’t want to go pro and just do freediving as recreational activity I would suggest Advanced freediver certification.


This is not necessarily to go deeper, but to better understand what’s happening with your body while freediving  and recognize better different reflexes and sensations.

What is your experience traveling & working? Do you have any anecdote?

Mmm lots really, but can’t think of one in particular. When I decided to get into professional diving  I was thinking ahead of a job I could do while traveling to beautiful places, as it always seems to be either a dive instructor or bartender at the backpacker’s bars. So I chose the healthier one lol. I really believe it’s a great cert to have if you like to travel to places near the water, there’s always a need for divemasters or instructors as the tourism industry never stops. With Freediving tho, I

I’ve even been able to work in cities away from the ocean, teaching breathing workshops and waterman survival courses in pools.

There are a lot of things that you do, but step by step you’re also into surfing. You’re introducing freedive to surfers too. I’m I right?

Yes I am. I’m not the best surfer, I’m definitely a much more talented freediver haha

but from my swimming background, and working as a Red Cross lifeguard, and getting wiped out over and over while surfing, I was able to incorporate it all to create a good program for surfers that want to increase their breath hold and awareness in the water.

Well, it looks like you have some serious skills surfing!

Definitely not! Haha. I’d like to say I’m quite athletic and learn sports quickly, but surfing is one of those that challenges me big time. But I love challenges 😛

Are you teaching them where you go? Or is people that goes with you sailing?

I’m not sailing anymore at the moment, but yes I was teaching while doing so, now I teach where I am or plan to go.

Ok. And do you travel with your own gear? Are there any tips that you can share?

Best freedive gear for you?

For scuba I only used to travel with my regulator and mask, rest I always bought second hand from the shops I was working. For freediving yes, as almost everything is custom made. I travel with my Elios wetsuit (my favorite), leader fin fins, Molchanov’s monofin, then my Aqualung mask and etc

I recently got more and more into using just regular short fins for fun diving and easy snorkelling. They fit in your backpack and if you have the right kick technique doesn’t really matter much.


IG lunamarfortheplanet

You  also design swimwear. Knowing that you’re so much on the water it gives a lot of trust on the product. Tell us a little bit about your entrepreneur side and your project 🙂

Yes I do :). Seven years ago I had the crazy idea to create bikinis that would raise money for ocean conservation. As I was always in the water I used to make them for myself, and all my friends love them. So they gave me the idea and I went for it. I’ve always had a great passion to help the planet and everything that lives in it. So it made sense to me to make this not a business but a conscious project.

Love it ❤

Colombia along with Brazil are the biggest exporters of swimwear, so I decided to create an ethical suits in my homeland while supporting a small group of local makers, and after for every piece sold 25% would go towards the charities we decided to support throughout SE Asia, Latin America and Africa.

lunamarfortheplanet  is called the project? Where can we find you products?

The projects have changed from time to time, and apart from ocean conservation we also added a reforestation and youth emporwerment one.


Yes Lunamar for the Planet.

We are on Facebook

and Instagram

And our online shop it’s:

We also offer the freediving courses through our website and 10% of each course goes towards the ocean conservation charity.

That’s super interesting

Stoked Nomads will look in the future to support organizations that protects the planet

Awesome please do!

Ok, Marcela before finnish I want to say thank you for your time. It was great!

Sure. Thank you for having me!

Would you like to share anything more?

I’m going to hit the road again soon so will definitely let you guys know of future events coming up 🙂

🙂 Wish you a great day!

How to write a CV for extreme sport jobs

for surfer, kitesurfers, skiers, snowboarders, skydivers, divers, freedivers, climbers,…

Ok, well, the job that you’re looking is for not for sit on an office. And the one who is gonna read it it’s also a bit like you. Then, Why are you writting this typical CV for boring jobs?

Of course your name has to be there, and a photo where we can see good your face. But be concise and show what is important. After that get to a more visual and atractive presentation. You’re talking to adrenaline junkies right?

So first of all. Put your name and a nice photo where we all can see that you’re a human.

Second write your certifications, when and where (or whith who, for recommendations)

Forth, how many languages do you speak & additional skills

Fifth, add your social media account. Yes, added. But not your personal one. Create one professional. On Instagram! and in LinkedIn if you already don’t have one.

write your ways to be contact: phone, email, skype

IG @stokednomads

Create a Youtube channel. Yes, make nice videos. For sure you already have ton of videos. Edit it nicely and create a nice professional account.

Youtube Stokednomads

Do it for paper but more important do it as a web portfolio. Most of the people that you want to contact for jobs will be via chat or mail. Embed your professional social accounts where they can directly see your videos and photos gallery. Link directly your contact. And all in one page! So they do not waste time moving from one page to other.

Do it so and in two minutes they will see who you are, your certifications, skills and connections.

And all whithout being boring.

Go for it!


Tips from a surfer, snowboarder & digital nomad

Interview to Lina Herz

 Hi Lina! Nice to meet you. As it seems you’re this kind of people that can’t travel without a board. Tell us, Where are you now?

Hi guys 😊 I am in Ireland at the moment – kind of what I would call a workation.

How is it there? Is it related to surfing?

Ireland is absolutely stunning. Beautiful landscape, world class waves and nice people. The only downer can be the weather. It’s not really summery around here.

I’ve been surf teaching in Rossnowlagh, a beach in the north west, during July and August. That’s my first job. And my second job is a remote job for a snowboard online shop. Been splitting my time between both jobs, so it’s been a busy summer 😉

Is there a surfschool in Rossnowlagh?

Yeah I think there are three Surfschools actually. But I work for the oldest one – it’s called FinMcCools. My boss is from an old irish surfing family. His uncle is kind of a old irish surfing veteran. He started surfing in front of his house when he was young and still surfs even though he is half deaf and can’t really see well haha. He’s 75 and an absolute legend

hahaha Legend!

He also does some amazing surf art.

How big is the scene there approx?

There is a core group of surfers up in bundoran where I live during the summer. You always see the same faces and I’d say that Ireland is home to some of the most underrated surfers in Europe. The most humble guys are ripping the most.


You have a Master degree in Tourism and also knowledge in Marketing. Being also a great snowboarder, for the online snowboard shop had to be perfect to meet you!

How does it to work remotely?

Oh, I think it was a lucky shot for both of us. I kind of got into the idea of remote working end of last year after I came back home from travelling. I am not really an office kind of person and I need my freedom to work up to my potential. I actually started working at a ski resort in austria on the bar last winter and wasn’t really happy there. So one night I just randomly applied to a Facebook Add and two days later I had the job offer. So I quit my job (my boss at that time wasn’t happy about it of course because high season was just around the corner), went back to germany, and put all my energy into my new job. Being able to work remotely definitely opened my eyes and showed me what kind of work suits me the best. I’d say it is the perfect balance between freelancing and working in a team. It’s amazing!

Yess, agree! 🙂

So do you come from Germany?

Yes – I am born and raised in the south of germany, close to munich. My parents took me skiing and hiking since I was really young so I guess that’s where my love for the outdoors comes from.

And how did you start surfing?

I was pretty obsessed with snowboarding when I was around 16. So at that time I kind of talked a group of friends into doing something active with me during our summer holiday. We went to france together for a week to a surf camp. My coach was australian and he told me that I have to keep up the surfing because he saw that it came natural to me. So I listened to him and kept surfing ever since. Everyone else quit haha

hahaha yeah!

Since then you have been traveling a lot with your surfboard. Where have you been?

Yeah I kind of started traveling outside of Europe when I was at Uni. We had to do an internship and a semester abroad so I decided to learn spanish. I did my internship in Chile and my semester abroad in Barcelona. After that I went to Easter Island and to Costa Rica for a few months.

Oh great! How it was in Easter Island?

Easter Island is a crazy place. No one would actually stay there for longer than a week but my ex boyfriend was living there at that time so we were working a bit over there and surfing a lot. The waves are actually really good and there are not a lot of people surfing. But it is not really known as a surfing destination. Everyone just knows it for the big stone heads.

You have also been traveling in Europe right? How is it about staying in spots and so. In Spain, some spots, the police won’t let you sleep. How is your experience? Do have any tips?

I have a van at the moment where I can go for a little weekend getaways. I know that #vanlife is the dream for a lot of people but I actually prefer to stay at one place for a while and really get to know the people and the place. That means most of the time I just got a room in a shared house where I have a bed and where I can cook and shower. When I was working in Portugal I was also talking a lot to the locals about this topic and they are really unhappy with the situation of the camper vans there. People leave their trash and don’t clean up after themselves and the people who have to live there are stuck with the chaos. So in all honesty, I am not a big fan of that lifestyle. Of course there are people who know how to behave but at the end of the day it is not great for local tourism. I’d rather support the area where I live and build my life around theirs’

True, I’m still wondering why people are so unrespectful with the enviroment and the local people….

Could you tell me your top three spots?

Surfspots in Europe?

into surf or snowboard related worldwide

hard one haha


1 Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Just because it’s just easy life over there. You have a beautiful beach and you can find everything you need within walking distance. 

2 Innsbruck, Austria. That is where I spent 5 of the best years of my life studying and snowboarding whenever I had the time. I could take the bus from in front of my house and be on the slopes in 15 minutes. It is hands down one of the best places ever! 

3 Bundoran, Ireland. Like I already mentioned I really fell in love with Ireland. Bundoran is Ireland’s Surfing Mecca and I have a hand full of work class point breaks right in front of my house. It still challenges me every day but that’s what I love about this place.

Good mix!

Ok, Lina it was a pleasure to have a talk with you. Would you like to say anything? Future plans? Any advice? or Promote something? And where people can find you 🙂

My pleasure.

If I have any advice: Follow your dreams. If you don’t feel like working 9 to 5 in an office don’t do it. I am so happy with my decision and I am more certain than ever that this is the way I want to live my life – free and happy. Big shoutout to for making my dreams come true and for being the best employer I could wish for. Also much love for the best coworkers in the world. Whoever is interested in what we are doing or looking for a remote job in the snowboard industry, this is where you find all the info about the crew:

Hopefully see some of you soon on the slopes or in the line up 🙃🤙


Wish you all the best 🤙

Tips from a Professional Snowboard Instructor

an interview to Ettore Stramignoni

@gabrielefacciotti on IG

Hi Ettore! Your instagram username does explain pretty well your lifestyle: Boards and travel. How are you?

Yes, that’s why I decided to use that username! I am well, recovering from an ACL injury 😉

Outch! How much will you need to recovery?

Well the doctors told me it will take about 6-8 months to be back 100%, starting from the surgery date

That’s a long time! Where are you right now? traveling? At home?

Yes it’s super long. I think it’s the first time in my life I cannot do any kind of sport for such a long time. I just got back home from a couple of weeks traveling around Slovenia and Croatia with my Van 🙂

Oh nice! Tell us a little bit where do you come from and how long are you over a board?

Yeah sure! So I come from Italy, Torino: that’s very close to the mountains so it’s always been easy for me to ski or snowboard. I reckon the first time on a board was when I was 13 or 14 yo. I was in a friend’s garage and he let me try his skateboard. It was just super fun. Then it was just a matter of time before I started skateboarding everyday, windsurfing, snowboarding and wakeboarding. Snowboard and wakeboard are my main focus and my job right now!

What kind of certifications are necessary to teach?

To teach snowboard, especially in Italy, is not really easy. Here we don’t have levels, but you can just get the full certification of Maestro that equals APSI level 4. It’s a 2 years long course that needs a very good riding level to get through the exams.

Ok, right. And with this is possible to teach in other countries? What is your experience traveling?  Any advice for newbies?

Yes sure, most of the countries around the world will accept the italian certification. They will just ask to speak english and to have some certificated teaching experience. Last summer I spent 5 months in Australia and I have been working there as a snowboard instructor at Perisher resort. That’s been one of the best experiences of my life. I would definetly recommend to train a lot and always remember that the board sports are based on one simple goal: having as much fun as possible 😉


That’s what I like to teach in my lessons hahahaha.

I think that is one of the key things that makes beginners get involved. When you see your coach having fun! Are you more into Freestyle, Freeride, Alpine? Which type of groups do you normally teach? Kindergarten, Children, Adults, Adaptive, Beginners, Advanced, Private lessons, Group lessons?

Sure, that’s it! I am definitely more into freestyle, I love jumping and spinning. I have been teaching any kind of level but I would say I prefer teaching to adults than kids. That’s probably because of my degree: I like being pretty technical in my lessons. But TBH I love teaching in general. I don’t mind spending all day teaching to beginners. It’s always fantastic to see them improving with the right tips 🙂

How is a normal day working as a snowboard instructor?

Well, it is not normal! 😆


I will take Oz as an example: you wake up at 6.30-7 AM in order to go training in the Half Pipe from 8.30 to 9.

At 9.00 get ready for the meeting at the group lessons. Then you spend 6-7 hrs teaching with 30 mins lunch break.

Then training in the terrain park until the closing time.Then go for a beer with the other instructors, dinner and….party or sleeping 😎. In Italy it’s a bit more relaxed but in the end it’s pretty much the same story

Are there good parties on the snow instructors scene 😅?

Definetly yes! In Oz there where good parties. In Italy we have CRAZY parties. Wendesday is the party day 😉

Jesus! Ah, of course. Weekends are more busy right?

Yes, that’s it. So better get a good rest and be ready for the “carpet times” 🙂

and Netflix I guess 🙂 

Wich advice would you give to others that want to work in Australia?

Well, to work in Oz you need to have at least 3 seasons of experience. That’s the mandatory point. Then, do it if you really love teaching and you are ready to work really hard for 3-4 months in pretty freezing conditions. It can be the best or the worst time of your life. Depends on how much you love teaching and snowboarding. For me it was really fantastic 😉

Do you travel with your snowboard gear? How it is to travel by plane with it? Any advice?

Yes, last year I went to Perisher with 2 boards, 2 binding and 1 pair of boots. The sport stuff was included in the flight ticket so it was not a problem at all. I had a big snowboard bag with wheels with everything inside it. It’s not a problem! Better have your own stuff than renting or buying something that you would not like IMO 😉. After Oz I went for 1 month to Bali so I didn’t want to have all of the snowboard stuff with me: I shipped a 25Kg bag back to Europe for 200$ 😉

Credit @cebeeyewear

Great! Wakeboarding in Bali??

I have been wakeboarding a bit but most of all Bali is the Surf Island. And the parties and fun and an exploring Island hahahah

hahahahaha. And a bit of rest I guess! 

To do some great wakeboarding there’s the Thai Wake Park in Bangkokj, just 4 hrs flight from Bali 😉

@gabrielefacciotti on IG

Ok, we have come to the end of the interview. Before would you like to say anything? Which are your future plans? Any advice? Promote something?

Great it was a pleasure! Well I hope I can recover soon and get back teaching asap. This summer I would also teach wakebord at the Turin Wake Park. I would like to say thank you to my sponsors Custommade Snowboards and Cebé Eyewear. They keep supporting me even if right now I am not very productive 😉. To everyone else: keep riding and don’t forget to have as much fun as possible!