Freediving Bliss in the Atlantic Ocean
It was a wild week, meeting after meeting, one demand of me after the next, new creative awareness ideas taking shape, others needing more money than there is, running late for some deadlines, squeezing in an interview with Juliet Eilperin from Washington Post for a book she is writing about sharks, and to top it all an on camera interview with the famous Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes, also about sharks. Had Michael Gavshon, the producer of the insert, not told me they would be giving me a hard time during the interview I would have been way more relaxed and would have felt less that I had screwed it up.
I’m at home, swimming free…But who cares about all of that now? Here beneath the surface of the water all the tension of the week is washed away. I’m momentarily lost in the kelp jungles of the Cape with Geoff Spiby, one of South Africa’s well known underwater photographers, and an old connection who I have not see for some time. Geoff and Lynn, his wife, are at their holiday home at Smitswinkel Bay for the long weekend and celebrating their ownership of this piece of paradise for the last 25 years, a place stuck in the pleasant time warp of no cars, cell phone connection or electricity. I am privileged to share it with them and what better way than to go freediving on such a perfect day. Geoff shares my camera and I know he will take some great pix as always.
Geoff dives down in the gully scattered with bolders, our entry point. I’m underweighted with my new 7mm wetsuit sponsored by Reef, but I’m warm and stay in for over 90 minutes. Oh, what peace and bliss to have the salt on my lips, even the gallons of Atlantic Ocean I accidentally gulp down when re-surfacing, exhausted from struggling to get down and stay down – I’m filled and fulfilled by the Ocean! It revives me and the frustrations and anxieties of the past week all dissolve, replaced by renewed energy to carry on the fight for our beautiful Oceans. I must do this more often, I find my way back home here… (Check out more pix in Behind the Scenes and Underwater, South Africa.)