Hanli Prinsloo: As Close to a Real Life Mermaid as You'll Get
We first ran into Hanli Prinsloo when she joined the Naish Stand Up Paddle team back in February.
With such an interesting biography, we had to get to know a little more about her. Hanli is the 8-time South African Free Dive Champion and, being that Hanli can hold her breath in excess of five minutes, she is sought out by watermen around the world to teach them at her school in South Africa I am Water.
First off, you’re an accomplished free diver? What exactly is free diving and how did you start?
Free diving is the sport of diving as deep, as far or as long as possible on one single breath of air. I started freediving over 12 years ago in Sweden of all places, where I was studying at the time. I met a very good Swedish freediver who introduced me to the sport. I wasn't hard to convince though, as I have been a competitive swimmer and water lover my whole life.
What is it about the water & the waterman (that’s ladies too!) lifestyle that draws you in, on, under, and around it?
Firstly, I love the ocean: everything about it. The flat days, the crashing storms, the peeling waves, the reefs, kelp forests, sandy bottoms, cold grey or crystal blue. I couldn't live without surfing and freediving.
They are my tickets to the ocean, this greatest love. I do think that surfing and freediving really are lifestyle sports. From the way I eat, to the way I think, to how I use my body, health is more than performance or not being sick. The first thing that affects our lifestyle is our thoughts. I have been on quite a journey working with my way of seeing myself as a waterman.Continued on the next page