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03-31-2012, 11:21 PM
This thread is to say thank you to all of this years sponsors for their generosity and support of the 2012 TBSC Spearfishing Challenge! We hope you will join us in supporting these fine companies who give back to our sport!
The 2012 TBSC Spearfishing Challenge is a non-profit charity tournament and the success depends on all of you participating as well as our sponsors. This year our proceeds are donated to divers rights causes and local charities. This event is individual aggregate and largest fish by category. The beautiful trophies will be awarded for the top 5 aggregate scores, largest fish by category, top freediver, top female, and top junior, and top mixed pair!
The 2012 Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge is going to have another smoking prize table!! The TBSC remains one of the most fair and exciting tournaments for beginning and experienced shooters alike, as the random drawing prize format gives every competitor an equal chance at a first class prize table, regardless of placement. A random prize format puts the focus on camaraderie and fun! This is a huge reason our sponsors love us and come back year after year! :toast:
04-01-2012, 08:50 AM
First off - the great folks at Cochran Undersea Technology confirmed that they are sending one of their brand new 20-H dive computers. This is easily a $900 MSRP computer, and the best thing is it can easily add all kinds of Helium options to it at very low costs. Great prize from a great company. Thanks again for being one of the most reliable spearing sponsors for our sport!
04-01-2012, 08:58 AM
Popular local artist and gallery owner, Bill Woo, is once again partnering with TBSC by donating one of his original underwater artworks for the TBSC Raffle that benefits one of our ten charities - Dive Care "Military Wounded". Most of Bill's original pieces range from $1500 to $3,000. Bill has been a main supporter for previous Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenges and we are so glad to have him as part of our TBSC family.
04-01-2012, 09:03 AM
The great folks at JBL, who are also longtime supporters of the spearfishing community as well as the TBSC Tournament, are sending in one of their popular wetsuits for our prize table. It's a $350 suit and it will be hanging up for someone to win. Thanks again to JBL!
04-01-2012, 09:08 AM
Aquaman Pools has once again joined the Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge as a "Gold Level" sponsor. Not only is this a full commercial and residentual pool builder and repair company, but this company has supported spear tournaments for for the past four years. Thanks to Dave and his crew for their support!
04-02-2012, 08:34 AM
RealSea Marine Camo is a new Gold level sponsor for the tournament and Kim has been a faithful supporter of many organized events the past few years within the Florida spearfishing community. RealSea makes a great yamamoto wetsuit with kevlar pads and titanium alpha lining covered with jersey fabric for ease of putting on and removing. Best of all the camo pattern is unlike anything else out there in its similiarity to the surface in a bluewater environment. http://realseacamo.com/suits (http://realseacamo.com/suits.php)
04-02-2012, 08:42 AM
Spearing Magazine is a generous and longtime Gold level sponsor and a big supporter of the TBSC tournament since its inception. Their new owner has gone out of his way to continue that support and we really appreciate having someone on the media / publishing side who is always so ready to support our entire community and its events.
If you haven't registered for the first "rebirth" issue coming out this week you better get with it!
04-02-2012, 08:45 AM
MARES is once again a PLATINIUM level sponsor for the "Challenge". Thanks to Jeff Saenger and all the good folks at Mares USA and International for supporting our spearfishing community.
04-02-2012, 11:02 AM
Ken Jones is a huge supporter of all the Spearfishing tournaments and builder of the top rated Deathstick custom spearguns while also providing excellent customer service. Once again Ken is a "Platinum Sponsor" for the 2012 Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge. He is donating one of his grey and black camo guns for the Charity Raffle so be sure and buy tickets at the kick off party, captains meeting, or weigh-in for the tournament. Also, for the first time Ken will have a surprise on the prize table where a lucky shooter could win from the random drawing at the weigh in. We look forward to seeing everyone there and thanks again to Ken for his continued support! www.deathstickspearguns.com (http://www.deathstickspearguns.com/)
04-02-2012, 11:06 AM
Kyle Wybel with DiverCity is also a returning "Platinum Sponsor." He has been supporting all of the local spearfishing tournaments since day one of opening his shop. DiverCity Scuba is a NAUI Pro Gold Dive Center and a full service scuba shop. Offering beginning scuba lessons all the way up to professional certifications. Also offered are scuba equipment sales, scuba equipment service, airfills , Nitrox fills, Tri-Mix fills, scuba rental equipment, and hosted scuba diving trips. Kyle is also an avid Spearfisherman and has his team together to dominate this years TBSC. Thanks again to Kyle for his generous support!
04-02-2012, 01:34 PM
Mike Kendall with MGK Maine Detailing is a new Platinum Sponsor this year. For all your topside needs: washing, waxing, buffing, compounding, glass & gelcoat repair, and bottom painting. www.mgkmarineonline.vpweb.com (http://mgkmarineonline.vpweb.com/)
04-03-2012, 08:19 AM
A huge thank you to Gary Sanchez with Diamonds Direct for coming on as a Gold level sponsor! Gary has always been a big supporter of the spearfishing community and many of the local tournaments. Look for his fine jewelry on the prize table. www.diamondsdirect.us (http://www.diamondsdirect.us/)
04-03-2012, 08:23 AM
Bruce Waits and his crew of professionals at First Choice Home Inspection- (727) 544-9266, have once again stepped up as a Gold Sponsor and we want to thank them for supporting all the divers who shoot in this year's Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge. www.st-petersburg-home-inspector.com (http://www.st-petersburg-home-inspector.com/)
04-03-2012, 08:43 AM
Leon with Adventure Outfitters has stepped once again to be a Gold Level Sponsor for this years TBSC Challenge! He has generously donated an assortment of diving gear and gift certificates for this years prize table! Thanks Leon and crew - we appreciate your continued support!
Adventure Oufitters is an outdoor retailer specializing in Local & International Adventure Travel, Hiking, Mountaineering, SCUBA, and Freediving! You can learn more about the professional gear and instruction they provide, as well as the worldwide adventure trips they run by visiting them at www.adventuretampa.com
04-03-2012, 09:38 AM
General Propeller Company has stepped up as a Gold Sponsor again this year and we appreciate their continued support! General Propeller is located in Bradenton, FL and can handle any aspect of your propeller needs - new, reconditioned, damage repair, balancing, or pitch changes. www.gpcprop.com (http://www.gpcprop.com/)
04-03-2012, 03:27 PM
All the great folks at Atomic Aquatics are joining forces with the Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge to raise money for our local and national charities by being one of our Silver sponsors for this event. Thanks to Atomic and especially Chad Barbay for helping out this worthy event! www.atomicaquatics.com (http://www.atomicaquatics.com/)
04-03-2012, 03:30 PM
Ditmar Biller of AB Biller Spearfishing is sending TWO Biller spearguns for our Sponsor Prize Table. Once again Ditmar and his company has stepped up as a "Gold Level" Sponsor for this event. Thanks to all the employees at AB Biller for providing our prize table with such high quality spearfishing products. www.abbiller.com (http://www.abbiller.com/)
04-04-2012, 10:07 AM
We are excited to welcome Freediving Instructors and Consultants as a new sponsor this year. FIC's owner and FII certified instructor Robert Little has been very supportive of the TBSC this year and is offering some great gift certificates for the prize table!
Robert offers a highly regarded FII freediving course and he has put together a special course promotional exclusive for registered TBSC Challenge shooters for 2012. You can contact Robert for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
04-05-2012, 08:33 AM
Jeff Tobey and his Scuba staff at "Scuba West" are in again as a "Gold Sponsor". Jeff and his crew have supported spearfishing and diving events in the Tampa Bay area for many years and we appreciate thier community involvement. If your up by "Scuba West' make it a point to visit their dive shop or even do a dive in their own dive site "Hudson Grotto".
04-05-2012, 08:37 AM
The guys at Blue Water Sports in Tallahassee www.bluewatersports.net in addition to opening their doors as our North Florida satellite Captain Meeting location will also be contributing some nice prizes to our table as Silver Level Sponsors. Already two teams are signed up from their shop!
04-05-2012, 09:34 PM
We are excited that Jim's Dive Shop and Teresa Hattaway are returning as a Gold Sponsor this year. Long time supporters of divers in the spearfishing community, they have once again given their support for our event. Thanks Teresa!! www.jimsdiveshop.com
04-06-2012, 11:04 AM
Ocean Sports has joined the efforts of this years tournament as a "Silver" level sponsor. The spearfishing group out of Ocean Sports always has a handful of boats loaded with shooters entering this tournament as well. Thanks for your support!
04-06-2012, 11:13 AM
Ben Harris with Aventures Under the Sea has stepped up once again this year to be a Silver level sponsor! Thanks Ben!! You can learn more about the top of the line brands, service, and training they offer by visiting them at 4218 Henderson Blvd in south Tampa, or by visiting their web site at www.adventuresunderthesea.com (http://adventuresunderthesea.com/)
04-07-2012, 08:58 AM
Oceanic, a division of American Underwater Products, is sending prizes for the TBSC table representing the "Platinium" Sponsor level. Oceanic founder, Bob Hollis, started out spearfishing back in the day and now he if the founder of one of the largest Scuba Manufacturing companies in the world. Thanks to all the employees of Oceanic for their support. www.oceanicworldwide.com/us (http://www.oceanicworldwide.com/us/)
04-07-2012, 09:00 AM
Kevin & Cindy from Spearfishing Specialties dropped off a beautiful RX5 speargun with a Kill Package (a $600 value) for the prize table. Spearfishing Specialties are one of those great companies that ALWAYS support major spearfishing events and we are very pleased to have them once again working with TBSC for this event. Thanks again for their support in helping us raise thousands of dollars for our Ten charities and for helping to support divers in our community. www.oceanrhino.com (http://oceanrhino.com/)
04-07-2012, 09:24 AM
Thanks to Capt. Bill and Aquatic Obsessions for once again being a "Platinium" level sponsor for this years tournament. AO is a great full service dive shop that can take care of any need you may have....Sales and service of Top of the line brands, training from freediving to technical courses, and everything in between. Enough about can not be said about the amount time and suppport that Capt. Bill puts in year in and year out to make the TBSC club and it's annual Spearfishing Challenge Tournament a success!!
04-07-2012, 09:29 AM
Orca Spearguns, South Africa is a $300 level sponsor once again this year. Check out some cool new products at our new U.S.A. website at www.orcaspearguns.us Orca Products are available locally at Aquatic Obsessions!
04-07-2012, 09:31 AM
Lava Core the new themal protection apparel line is joining the Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge. These suits are all the rage. As warm as a 2mm wetsuit without added bouyancy and they are built to last. Lava Core is sending two full suits (one mens and one womens) for the prize table. Check out your local dealer and pick up one of these awesome suits. www.lavacoreinternational.com (http://www.lavacoreinternational.com/)
04-07-2012, 12:16 PM
Spetton USA is a returning sponsor and a very active supporter of the Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge and local spearfishing communities. They have some incredible new products coming out this year and we are excited to have them at the weigh-in again!
04-09-2012, 05:03 PM
Performance freediving is a returning Gold level sponsor and is generously contributing gift certificates to the prize table again. Kirk Krack and his team at Performance Freediving have trained six world record holders to over 20 freedive world records!
Here is a link to Performance Freediving's website and their schedule of classes now offered all over the state of Florida and the U.S. www.performancefreediving.com (http://www.performancefreediving.com/)
04-09-2012, 08:19 PM
Kirk Morrison & the great crew at J & R Bicycles, the BMX Superstore, in Largo are Gold Sponsors in their first time at our tournament this year. They are generously donating this SWEEEET 20" DK Siklon Bicycle, that will really make one of our Junior shooters very happy this Sunday. Each of the Junior Shooters will also find something else from J & R in their Shooter Bags. Check them out online at J&R Bicycles the BMX SuperStore. www.jrbicycles.com (https://www.jrbicycles.com/storefront/)
04-10-2012, 08:53 AM
We would like to welcome Depth Perception Dive Center, who is supporting our Tournament as a sponsor for the first time this year! They are a full service dive shop who just recently completed a move to a new location in Tampa.
They are now located 2008 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606. You can learn more about all the great products and services they offer by visiting them on the web at www.depthperception.com (/http://depthperception.com/)
04-11-2012, 09:32 AM
Terry from Jugit is donating a couple of his Jugit Markers for our prize table. The design on this product is excellent and we greatly appreciate the support! www.jugit.com (http://www.jugit.com/)
04-11-2012, 09:41 AM
Ray Odor has been giving the shaft to everyone in the spearfishing community for years and has generously donated to all of the tournaments. Once again this year he is donating a Pole Spear, shafts, and a few other accessories for the prize table. For the best prices on shafts and spearfishing related accessories you can visit him online at www.spearfishing.cc (http://www.spearfishing.cc/) Thanks again Ray for your support!
04-11-2012, 10:13 PM
The great folks at Zeagle are Sponsoring at the "Gold Level" . We want to thank all the employees at Zeagle and especially Dennis, Scott and, of course, Big Jim Wittstruck for ther support. Zeagle is donating a Zeagle Flathead Regulator (that's a reg worth over $500) for the prize table. www.zeagle.com (http://www.zeagle.com/)
04-11-2012, 10:15 PM
Joyce and Wayne and the rest of the crew at Narcosis Scuba of Tarpon Springs, have once again signed on to help out our tournament and all the charites this tournament supports by sponsoring at the "Gold Level". That means $600 worth of prizes and gift certificates from Narcosis Scuba. Don't forget that they aren't only just a great dive shop, but they run a great dive charter too! Call (727) 934-6474 for spearfishing and regular dive charters. www.narcosisscuba.com (http://www.narcosisscuba.com/)
04-11-2012, 10:18 PM
Kevin and the crew at Hammerhead Spearfishing sent prizes totaling just under $1,000, making Hammerhead Spearfishing a "Platinum Sponsor". Great reversible camo wetsuits, camo dive shorts, rash gaurds, and more will be on the prize table from Hammerhead. Check out the great gear at www.hammerheadspearguns.com (http://www.hammerheadspearguns.com/) or your local dive shop.
04-12-2012, 09:36 AM
A huge thanks to Brian Jones and Mike Hatcher with Hatch Customs for being a Platinum Sponsor again this year!! They have donated an assortment of SalviMar products that they distribute including, Gloves, Knives, Mask and Fins. Come to the weigh in on Sunday and check out some of these great products. I especially love the gloves, low volume mask and fins that they have introduced. Feel free to visit Aquatic Obsessions in St. Pete or DiverCity in Land O' Lakes or Adventure Outfitters in south Tampa to check out the Hatch guns and SalviMar products or visit them online at www.hatchcustoms.com (http://www.hatchcustoms.com/)
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04-12-2012, 10:49 AM
Captain TJ Shea has generously donated three $150 Gift Certificates. TJ always puts his crew on the fish and has countless testimonials from happy clients. The DiverCity crew is joining forces with TJ once again to dominate the TBSC. These free trip opportunities will go quick on the prize table so make sure you look out for them. You can learn more by checking them out online at www.fishanddivetampa.com (http://fishanddivetampa.com/)
04-12-2012, 10:53 AM
Pat Bennet with E~SeaRider Bean Bags has been a long time supporter of all the tournaments and is once again donating three of his Marine Bean Bags. Pat is also getting his crew together to dominate the TBSC once again this year. We greatly appreciate all of their help and support with this tournament! You can visit them online at www.marinebeanbags.com (http://www.marinebeanbags.com/) to view the full line of products they offer.
04-12-2012, 02:21 PM
Ed Roberts with DIVEBUDZ is another Platinum sponsor! Please check out his website at [url for a complete listing of all his services. Thanks again for all of your support with the TBSC!!! www.divebudz.com (http://www.divebudz.com/)
04-12-2012, 08:17 PM
Dano and his team at MAKO Spearguns & Spearfishing Gear are returning sponsors of the TBSC. MAKO has always been a proud supporter of the FRA, SFP and the Fisher House. Thank you MAKO for all of your help and support!!! www.makospearguns.com (http://www.makospearguns.com/)
04-12-2012, 08:18 PM
Steve "Nailman" with FSE is donating a few surprises to the table this year and is greatly appreciated. He is getting his crew together and ready to dominate this years TBSC. Thanks for the support!
04-12-2012, 08:19 PM
Jeff Christman with "Defender Dive gear" is donating four of his powerheads. Thanks for your support!
04-18-2012, 10:51 AM
Thank you also to Fisherman's Ideal Supply house in Tampa for the fishbag, Reel Diversion Charters out of New Pass/Sarasota for taking out one of our East Coast teams last minute for free (and putting us on glass no less!), Killshot Metal Art, and last but not least thanks to Tony for providing a forum for the spearfishing community to share events, information and news relevant to Florida and US divers. We saw many happy faces leaving the prize table thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and community supporters.
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