Howler Dispatch: Ambassador Ryan McInnis
Posted on May 31, 2013
It's been a hot minute since I've checked in with the Howler Nation, I'm not a slacker it's just taken me a while to catch my breath! The past few months have been radical and exhausting evenly, like riding a wooden roller coaster way too many times and stumbling away with a rattled grin. Mostly my travels involve underwater camera work for different television shows, ironically it's usually either natural history content or spearfishing… conserve versus consume. I believe in both and practice each responsibly as I spend weeks at a time in far off places filming fish and marine mammals (including humans) doing what comes natural. This year I danced with Spinner Dolphins and Pilot Whales in Hawaii, hunted Yellowfin Tuna off mainland Mexico, collected 10" Abalone in Mendocino, camped with Coyotes in Baja, befriended Harbor Seals in the Channel Islands, chased Red Deer in Portugal and shot a massive Ulua in Kona. I know, it's a tough job but it has to be done and I'm just the lucky sucker that stumbled into it!
I've found through insight and injury that breath hold diving is the best way to perform the tasks that pay my bills. I train professionally as a freediver and am now also an instructor. The classes I teach are geared for the everyman (and woman) to experience the underwater world in a safe and satisfying way. On many of my adventures, I build extra time into my trip to teach a certification class for my hosts that make my job possible. It's a rewarding way for me to give a back some of the joy that I take home with me. The best part is the surprise on peoples faces when I prove to them that holding their breath underwater is something that the human body is already programmed to do, it's in our DNA, and that I'm handing over the keys to unlock this evolutionary adaptation known as the Mammalian Dive Reflex (just Google it). By combining my love for the ocean, passion for filmmaking, teaching abilities and primal instinct to hunt for dinner, I stay pretty busy with this cool niche I've carved for myself. But no matter where I go or what I'm doing, I'm always rocking my Howler gear! The Loggerhead longsleeve on those chilly mornings, my buff that keeps the sun at bay, the Aransas button down at the dinners in town or my Bruja's in the surf… I'm comfortable and casual in any environment because of the fine line of products that is the Howler Bros brand.
*For more information about Ryan's global exploits and his curriculum of breath hold training please visit www.InSeaWorldwide.com