6 May 2013
HUNTING AND FREEDIVING
something that we dont all aspire to, but what remarkable freediving skills
some people display in persuit of large gamefish. The author clearly has
these skills and passes them on to the reader in a professional manner.
The tking of large fish is just one part of the skill - freediving is passive
and yet a testing skill of ability, courage and natural fascination - no
cumbersome equipment, just you and the sea. The text on sharks, and several
species of bluewater game fish, is excellent. Chapters include , Physiology
and the bluewatyer hunter, equipment, survival in the bluewater environment
(excellent), and bluewater photogrpahy. Maas also has an extensive chapter,
Ethics, conservation and public relations, where he does not attempt to
justify his sport, but recognises that it is has its detractors, and makes
sensible comment - ‘to balance the philosophy of individuals'. A very well
produced book, and a must for all freedivers. Hardcover, 214 pages, colour,
and mono photographs (many of exceptionl quality), appendicies, glossary,
index.An excellent companion book to his earlier book Freedive.
no longer available from us. May still be in print.
- A Complete Guide to Breath-hold Diving.
Terry Maas and David Sipperly.
Freediving takes many forms,
from individual activity such as simple marine observation through to hunting
bluewater gamefish, to group activity and sports such as underwwater hockey
(octopush). It was the way we as a society started our internment with
the oceans, before cumbersome equipment burdened us with weight and a lighter
bank balance, but allowed us to stay down deeper and longer. Freediving
may be a naturl ay to enjoy the seas, but the skills required are not second-nature,
as we are entering into an alien environment. This excellent book covers
the history of freediving, physiology, equipment (including the tools of
the sport), photograpphy, underwater hockey, depth diving and diving for
food. Hardcover, dustjcaket, 152 pages, colour and mono photographs, glossary,
of the early classics of freediving and spearfishing, first published in
1954 as Chasses aux Fauves de la Mer. I'm not too happy about the
searing of Manta Ray, but I suppose in those early days, everything large
was fair game. Times have changed, and that is why this is an exceptional
historic document. Well worth reading.
dustjacket, 170 pages, mono prints.
Now well out of print, but we occasionally have a copy in stock.
range about $45, with computer generated cover.
Translated by Denis Long.
First published 1953 as Dix Metres Sous La Mer. English edition published
April 1954 by Souvenir Press Ltd, London. Hardcover, dust jacket, 180 pages,
mono plates. In three parts, covers 'Discovery of a New World'; Hunting
the Fish, and The Oceans Yields its Secrets. I'm not too pleased with some
of the images - how could anyone spear a dolphin for God's sake. They may
be pioneering a new 'sport' that 'has captured the imagination', with 'thrills
of stalking prey', but surely there must have been some understanding of
the value of marine life half a century ago. Dr Henri Chenevee - shame
on you. And since when has the Moray been 'a serpent, a dangerous unmanigable
animal', and the octopus 'a hideous thing'. Thank God we have moved on
from those days, but there is no doubt that these early divers were pioneers
with courage, and perhaps set the stage for a greater understanding in
the one second-hand copy available. Good condition, with dust jacket, slightly
scuffed on edges and a couple of small poorly repaired tears. $32.00
Seas takes us to the far corners of the heart and mind as well as the ocean's
realm. The scale is grand, the adventure high. Eyles writes about a wilderness
- the wilderness within each of yes. " Oh yessss. Now this is real armchair
no copies available in stock. May still be in print.
FOR SKIN AND SCUBA DIVERS.
equipment, technique, maximizing your freedivingabilities, spearfishing
in retrospective, spearfishing competitions, and the future. An importantbook
for those who enjoy freediving and spearfishing.
156 pages, mono photographs and drawings.
this neat mystical journey, Carlos returns to the once bountiful Sea of
Cortez he explored as a free diver over thirty years ago. Finding it lacking,
he continues on to a distant archipelago, one runoured to hold great fish
and sharks by the thousands, soraing manta rays, and breaching whales.
Here on the oceans's edge he takes the reader on breath-hold dives into
an extremely dangerous yet magical realm".
352 pages, central mono plates.
||THE DIVE - A STORY OF
LOVE AND OBESSION
This is a true story of
extreme freediving, the ultimate breath-hold diving to see who can go down
further - and further. It is a specialist activity requiring great stamina,
intense training, utmost courage and perhaps few brains, but it is another
human challange that the sea has presented to us. What makes this book
so emotional is that it concerns itself with lost love, the tragedy of
losing a devoted mate during an activity that both enjoyed and saw as a
challenge. Francisco ‘Pipin' Ferreras fell in love with Audrey Mestre,
and she with him, in 1996. Their devotion to each other was matched
by their devotioin to the sport of freediving, and Audrey broke the world
women's record of 115 metres. On 12 October 2002 tragedy struck, as perhaps
it would inevitably do, and Audrey was lost in anothger world record attempt.
"Pipin, haunted by qiestions, reeling from the loss of his soul mate, could
no longer find solace in th sea that had always ben his true home". Audrey
was gone. A moving, fascinating story - of love and obsession. Softcover,
274 pages, mono and colour prints. $24.00
JOY OF SNORKELLING.
basic well-illustrated guide for someone entering the underwater world
for the first time. Limited stock. Softcover, 112 pages. some colour.
LAST OF THE BLUE WATER HUNTERS.
the beginnings in Hawaii, to the Sea of Cortez. A good read - indeed, a
extraordinaryt account tells the story of a handful of men who made their
way into the last wilderness to stalk and hunt the powerful game fish that
inhabit deep waters'. But in becoming the best, the author developed a
sixth-sense connection to stalking these majestic animals and he is content
to let them live. Softcover, 212 pages, mono prints..
FISHING IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAN.
excellent book on the subject, probably the first on Australian spearfishing
since the late seventies. Very well produced, with plenty of mono and colour
photographs over eight chapters covering equipment and techniqueslocations,
important edible species, and a sensible chapter on spearfishing competitions,
rules, and the future of the activity - sorry, but I can’t call it sport.
Very nicely produced book, with good clear graphics and maps.
mono and colour, 208 pages.
we have no more stock. May still be in print. Try Sportdiving magazine.
published in France in 1948, the English edition of this spearfishing classic
came out in 1953. It is a great read, even for someone who does not spear
fish, as it is an historical document of the development of free diving
in the Mediterranean. Hardcover, dustjacket166 pages, mono prints.
well out of print of course. We occasionally have copies, usually with
a computer generated dust jacket. Price range - around $40.00