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I love breath-hold work so much, because, on any given day, you can get yourself to a breaking point and deal with that discomfort. Multiple times a day within a few minutes.
When borrowing concepts from freediving, it’s really based on a controlled environment, having time to breath up, getting as calm as possible, spending that time dropping your heart rate. Whereas surfing larger waves is pretty much all the worst things you could do for an efficient breath-hold. Your heart rate is maxed out. You’ve done a lot of cardio, because you were just paddling or swimming or kicking. Tons of adrenaline in your system. So it’s taking some of these concepts from freediving and applying them to a big surf situation.