Ryan Hunter-Reay is no stranger to speed: The 31-year-old IndyCar racer is the winningest American driver in the field, and the only person to claim victory in IndyCar, CART/Champ Car, American Le Mans, and the Grand-American sports car series. Though his day job involves piloting race cars on tracks everywhere from São Paulo to Sonoma, Hunter-Reay's not-so-secret passion takes him far from the tarmac and into some of the most stunning aquatic settings on earth.
"My most prized possession is my boat," he explained during a phone chat on the eve of a race in Fontana, California. How does his passion for water sports help fuel his imagination and help him recharge between races? We've got the answers in this gallery. Launch Gallery >>
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Hunter-Reay delights in the many ways to catch a fish, but spearfishing is among his favorites. "I find it incredibly challenging to get right," he explains. "A spear in water just doesn't fly like it would in air, and it's tough to catch a fish; you have to sneak up on them."
The deed is done with a high-quality Riffe speargun, but adding to the challenge is the fact that he hunts hogfish, grouper, and snapper deep below the surface – while holding his breath. The best spearfishing, he says, can be had in the Florida Keys.