Most people around the world know Kimi Werner as “the woman who rode the back of a Great White Shark.” To be fair, Kimi Werner is most certainly that. When a camera captures video footage of you calmly approaching a twelve-ish foot Great White and snagging a ride on its dorsal fin, that tends to command attention. Upon meeting Kimi, however, I quickly discovered that she’s not the attention-seeking type. Her feats are. She is not.
Born and raised in Maui, Werner quit spearfishing not long after winning the U.S. National Spearfishing Championship, because it just didn’t feel right. Another kill just felt like another point. Something needed to change. She quit competitive spearfishing altogether and refocused her efforts into free diving and enjoying the ocean in a more holistic sense. She immersed herself in the world of free diving, and even began to develop her culinary skills, something her spearfishing background suited quite well.
“The minute I was able to go out into the ocean and come home with dinner, the satisfaction it added to my life was amazing, and the appreciation I had for the meals I cooked, and shared, and ate went beyond anything else,” says Werner. “The more disconnected we get to the source of our food, the more disconnected we get from the true being of who we are.”