As As surfers, we attempt to spend a majority of our free time in the water, preferably above the water. However this doesn't always happen, especially in big waves. So in order to stay alive, we must train and learn to adapt. This includes things like breath holding, and the of course the best people to ask are free divers. So it is no coincidence, especially here on the North Shore, that the best big wave surfers are also great freedivers. Some of the North Shore's finest surfers are gathering to train with Freediving Instructors International's world-class Instructor Trainer Mark Lozanoto to increase their confidence in the water.
Every surfer can easily recall at least one moment in their life when the power of Mother Nature's ultimate force pushed them to their limits. Big Wave Champion Garrett McNamara, and North Shore poster-boy, pro-surfer Jamie O'Brien, have already benefitted from FII's expert training.
During this course, some common misconceptions about breath holding will be dispelled and participants will explore the true urge to breathe. FII Instructor Trainer Mark Lozano will show students how they can retrain the urge to breathe, allowing their bodies to work with them in times of need. They will also learn key safety protocols such as how to respond to black-out victims and otherbreathold related incidents.
This course will prove invaluable to all those looking to push their limits and build their confidence in the water. The class was held on the North Shore from the 15th to the 17th of January. For more info or to sign up for the next class click here
Recently 60 Minutes also took notice and documented some of the world's most extreme free divers. Surfer or no surfer, these guys are badass...check em out.......