NICOLAS, SUBEA SUPPLY MANAGER

Nicolas is the supply manager for the Subea brand.He is keen on spearfishing and free diving. Learn more about him...

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I've been working at Decathlon since 2006. I've been spearfishing for more than 20 years, I'm more involved in freediving and spearfishing even though I really enjoy scuba diving. What's more, I'm also a member of a freediving club. Today, I have my Open Water DIVER certification, and I'll take the Advanced course this year. I would like to go on and obtain all of the specialised PADI certifications.

Nicolas, Subea supply manager

WHAT DO YOU DO AT SUBEA?

I joined Subea in January 2015 as head of supply for spearfishing and diving. My job is to support projects run by the product manager, product engineers and designers in terms of validating product design, but I am really more involved in the costing and control part. The idea is to support a project from the original idea right up to making it available in stores. The best stock in the right place, working alongside the project, to get the most relevant offer at the best price.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT SPEARFISHING AND FREEDIVING?

What I particularly like is the feeling you get in these 2 sports. We use just the bare minimum of equipment, allowing us to blend in even more in an element which is not our own, unlike diving. It's therefore not the same thing and we look at the flora and fauna in a different way because we stay under water for less time. There's also a certain self-transcendence that you really find in spearfishing and freediving.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL MEMORY OF AN UNDERWATER EXPERIENCE?

When I was younger, one January, I was with my grandfather off the coast of La Ciotat. We took a boat out to spearfish. The weather wasn't good, very windy, a nasty swell, the water was very cold and fish were scarce... I felt under a stone for a place to hang on so that I could blend in. And there, out of nowhere, I saw a huge sea bass. I didn't have a good speargun, but the adrenaline took hold because I didn't want to hurt it and lose it stupidly if it had to struggle. I waited until it began to veer in front of me to pull the trigger. The shot couldn't have been better, right behind the eye, the fish died instantly. I will always remember that feeling. I had just caught my first big fish...

Nicolas, Subea supply manager