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Surfer Ian Walsh Interview On Learning To Hold His Breath For 3 Minutes


I’m on my way to the gym it’s about three minutes from my doorstep, which is pretty convenient and this is where I spend a lot of my time before winter starts just you know getting ready for all the swells that are about to come and every time I’m home I just try to catch up on a little bit of working out. I like to be a pretty versatile surfer. I feel like all the training I do really reflects every different aspect of surfing so for contests and smaller wave stuff I’m filming where I’d be like loose and have quick reflexes and all the timings really on point and then for like pipeline or bigger waves that I’m filming or doing contests in you know you want that power and agility and endurance like a little bit of cardio like keep you know you’re constantly moving and hunting down waves. Here we go Ian Walsh on a huge pipe barrel, comes out back side, look at this, Ian Walsh back door. And then for gigantic waves, a lot of it is like expanding my lungs, and learning how to hold my breath and a lot of just like power training.My trainer here on Maui is Isaac Turrell and I’ve been working with him for the last two years or so. With a lot of athletes what I find is especially like Ian is, they’re not pros for no reason, they’re awesome at what they do. I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in my overall strength and endurance and how long I’ll last through the winter. (sigh) I’m tired. You know you did, you did enough when your legs are wobbly coming down the stairs getting out of the gym. Then the free diving training I do has been with Kirk Krack and he’s pretty much changed my whole life. I’m the president and founder of Performance and Free Diving basically specializing in uh free diving education, training athletes and the regular public to hold their breath, dive deep, stay down long, go far. I’ve grown up only being able to hold my breath for forty seconds.He didn’t think he had even a thirty to forty second breath hold. And I couldn’t dive more than twenty feet down in the water and after one day of training with him he’s able to get me up to three minutes and thirty seconds in the water and dive down to about one hundred feet. Ian’s making some pretty amazing progress he’s probably quadrupled his breath hold time. And after a week or two with the guy I could do like four minutes and forty seconds and dive to one hundred twenty feet and stay down there for a couple minutes so he’s definitely taught me how to like control my lungs, control the feelings you get if you are gonna black out and basically know a lot more about my body in really bad situations under water. The depth dives we’re doing we’re trying to get down to like one hundred feet or so and spend some time at the bottom is always like so eerie when you take that first big breath and head into the water you can’t even see the bottom when you start, then as you start going it’s slowly starts to come into focus so the work in the pool with the air tanks and being thrown all around and when your time to come up and you’re cutting the guy off and your kind of swimming and they pull you down it’s basically like simulating what it would be like in a wave like in a white wash, when you have that air tank shooting in your face it’s like opening your eyelids up and like shooting water everywhere it’s hard to like hold your breath and you’ve got bubbles flyin all around your face and the guy down there throwing you around has to kind of simulate like disorientation and like confusion where you are and the feeling like you, you think you’re at your last bit of breath and you’re, as much as your body can handle and you start swimming up and they rip you back down for a few more seconds and you really learn that in worst case scenario you actually have a little bit of a reserve tank of oxygen.Welcome to the Ian Walsh Experience. .


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