February / March 2000
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I went through a dark five-year period, he explains, God slapped me in the face for a reason. He opened my eyes. The burnout made me stronger, strong enough to realize that the person I had become wasnt me. So I started writing then. I returned to the things that made sense. I came back to meamplified.
Swearing never to wear a tie again, Yazbeck abandoned the corporate lifestyle, lost weight, quit smoking, and even became a personal fitness trainer for others. With his last pennies, he bought diving equipment and received professional diving training.
Fishing for Dangerthe Free Diving Way
As Yazbeck progressed as a diver, he sought better equipment, specially a wetsuit that provided warmth and comfort while being thin enough to retain the feel of being one with the water. He finally discovered the 3mm-thick Picasso wetsuit. It was a revelation. He repeatedly tried but was unable to reach the Picasso dealer in the US.
After a year of trying Picasso products, Yazbeck contacted the Picasso company owner, Alessandro Picasso, and met him in Spain. Picasso liked Yazbeck, was impressed by his diving and spear fishing ability, and gave him exclusive agency for Picasso products in the US and Middle East. Yazbeck today is also a designer for Picasso. He designs spear fishing gear and equipment with specifications for particular fish and marine habitats (www.picassoamerica.com) But to understand spear fishing the Yazbeck way, (Click here to continue)