Robert Torelli is an Australian based spear fisherman who has been involved in the sport from an early age. He commenced his spear fishing as an eight year old and soon became involved in competition spear fishing. At 17 years of age he won the Australian Junior Spear fishing Championship and went on to win the open event the following year. Since then, Robert has won a record 7 Australian Open Spear fishing Championships and has represented his country in numerous international destinations including Peru, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and New Caledonia.
Robert has now retired from serious competition diving to spend more time exploring the ocean and pursuing his interests in blue water hunting and underwater photography. Robert’s interest in free-diving and underwater hunting took a change in the early 1990’s when he pursued his interest in underwater video. Rob felt he could help promote the sport by showcasing the sport to the wider community. Over the past fifteen years or so Roberts work has been showcased on many international networks including the BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet and numerous others. Recently, he has been filming in 3D for the Imax screens with various segments captured whilst free-diving on whales.
Robert has produced seven productions on spear fishing to date, his most famous being the one's from his trips to the Coral Sea. The Coral Sea is famous for its tropical warm waters and of coarse the large amount of pelagic's that frequent these areas making it a paradise for those avid trophy hunters. One of the prized targeted species being the very suit after Dogtooth Tuna, Rob has seen 2 consecutive world records of this specie being taken on their 2004 and 2005 BWHI guided adventures.
Robert established the blue water spear fishing video production and travel company in 1994, (Blue Water Hunting International Pty Ltd), www.bwhi.com.au and this company caters for international spear fisherman wanting a guided spear fishing adventure to the world’s best destinations. These include the Coral Sea, New Zealand, Western Australia and numerous other destinations around the South Pacific region. Many of these trips are on private vessels and his clients have landed numerous World and National Records over the years including records for Dog Tooth Tuna, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Big Eye Tuna, Albacore Tuna, etc.
Robert also works as an abalone diver when not running charters or underwater filming. When out the water Robert is editor and co founder of “International Freediving and Spearfishing News” a quarterly publication based in Australia. Now in its 17th year of print this well respected publication is distributed in over 75 countries across the globe. Robert is also a committee member of the International Blue Water Records Spearfishing Committee.
His favorite places to dive include the Coral Sea, Western Australia and the remote part of New Zealand’s rugged north coast. Robert enjoys hunting select reef species but is at home in the blue water environment and holds IUSA World Records for several blue water species including Big Eye Tuna and Southern Blue Fin Tuna.
Here is Rob with 2 of his IUSA World Spearfishing Records: (left) Southern Blue Fin Tuna; (right) Big Eye Tuna which is featured in the film One Fish.