Kurt grew up on the shores of Galveston, Texas. In spending so much time at the beach he developed a deep appreciation for the ocean and fishing. He brought this fondness for the sea with him when he moved to Hawai'i for graduate school in 2003. Once in Hawai'i, it wasn't long before he learned that the best way to catch fish in clear, tropical water is SPEARFISHING.
Within a short time Kurt has become one of Hawai'i's most respected divers. He is known to be fond of deep water---countless deepwater snappers and grouper have fallen victim to his spear. This propensity for deep water, together with his competitive drive, lured him into the realm of competitive freediving. In order to train for this he makes frequent trips to the Big Island, where the dive conditions are consistently favorable and the drop-off closer to shore. In the Kona area of the Big Island resides a small but dedicated crew of freedivers, who own most of the current American records for freediving. By training with this crew, Kurt hopes to soon bring additional American freediving records to Hawai'i. His current deepest dive is 192ft, while his longest static breath-hold is 7:11.
Kurt is perhaps gathering the most attention, however, for his underwater photography. Many of his images have graced the pages of Hawaii Skin Diver magazine, and his prints will soon be on display in Honolulu-area galleries. His work is conducted entirely on breath-hold while freediving. While this style of photography presents challenges, it offers advantages, too. Freediving photographers have a very different eye from scuba-equipped photographers, and few photographers occupy this niche. This lends Kurt's work the quality of being unique within the underwater category, which is oversaturated with macro photos and images tainted by scuba bubbles. He strives to capture images that are striking to the diver and non-diver alike, as well as images that appeal to spearfishermen. His website can be found at http://www.freedivephoto.com.
Kurt chooses OMER for outfitting himself in all of his underwater endeavors because of its focus on quality, aesthetics, and innovation. All of these traits are demonstrated in Kurt's favorite gun from the OMER line, the Cayman HF2. OMER's full assemblage of mimetically-patterned wetsuits and gear, and the outstanding Rekord III carbon fins, are also among his favorites. Not only are these products unparalleled in quality, but also highly photogenic underwater, as demonstrated in Kurt's photos. Kurt is grateful to represent the brand that he has respected most since his initiation into the world of spearfishing.
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