It was a leap I was going to have to make. Ten feet to the opaque water below. From there, depths unknown. A 30-minute hike had brought us to a desolate cove that had served as a fishing port some 200 years ago.
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The ocean pressed upon the ancient stone wall below my flippered feet. Soft rubber-sealed snugly around my face. One last deep embrace of the readily available oxygen and the warmth of the sun’s glow. Leap. Plunge. Arrive in a new world, surrounded on all sides by new life experience.
The objective for the day was to spear as many fish as possible for a dinner party I’d be hosting in southern Baja, Mexico a few hours later. While this wasn’t my first time finning in the ocean, it was my first time with a spear in hand, with the clear intent of securing my and my friends’ dinner.
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Diving deeper with each attempt, the twin-lens frame of the Cressi Nano Mask allowed my eyes to view a new fluid world, swirling, serene, serendipitous. The learning curve to spear fishing is steep, but made easier by the perfect clarity and minimal bulk of this mask. I could see each target’s movement in such a way that I could almost pick out where they were about to be. A shot and a miss, another, but getting closer with each attempt.
An adrenaline surge coursed through my veins as the tip of my spear found a fish. Success. Minutes later, another. The start of what would become a new obsession of mine. With a satchel filled with our next meal, we exited the water. An unbridled feeling of success washed over me as I began the half-hour trek back to the car.
Later that evening, I came together with friends over a meal that was equal parts delicious fresh fish and exciting story, providing satiation for hunger and adventure alike. It was an unforgettable experience provided by a Cressi mask that can be bought on Amazon for under $100, and a willingness to step off of the ledge of comfort and into a place unknown.
Dinner at my place next week. You bring the beers, Cressi and I will bring the fish.
(All photos courtesy of Alex Doseff)
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