"My parents started taking me offshore when I was around 7 or 8, and they would spearfish while I watched," the Baton Rouge native says. "Once I turned 10 or 11, I started snorkeling above them, watching them hunt, and every now and then I'd shoot small fish on the surface. When I turned 12, they let me dive with them, breathing through their octopus, sharing air. That introduced me to a whole new world. Being under the water experiencing the thrill of spearfishing with my mom and dad started a fire inside me that burns like crazy."