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USOA 2006 Freedive Spearfishing National Championships This tournament will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on July 19, 2006

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Old 07-09-2006, 11:04 AM   #31
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Re: Seminar and Expo 2006

Cool article Dave!

RZ - Here's the Blue Wild Seminar exhibitor list... looks like quite a few scuba related companies, organizations, charters and stores.

AB Biller –www.abbiller.com

Bill Howell Ford - www.howellford.com

Armor Products –www.armorbags.com

Artwork Table from various artists

Austin’s Diving Center - www.austinsdiving.com

Caribe USA –www.caribeusa.com

Charles Hartz – www.georgehartz.com

DAN - Divers Alert Network - www.diversalertnetwork.org

Divers Direct –www.diversdirect.com

DVD Table - www.openwaterimages.com

Florida Freedivers - www.flfreedivers.com

Freedive For Life - www.freediveforlife.com

FWC – Florida Wildlife Commission www.myfwc.com

Hammerhead Muzzles - hammerheadmuzzles.com

Hawaii Skin Diver - www.hawaiiskindiver.net

Headhunter Spearfishing Co. - www.headhunterspearfishing.com

Island Magic Enterprises –www.island-magic.com

King Sailfish Mounts – www.kingsailfish.com

Ocean Safari - www.oceansafari.com

Out of Focus Productions –www.oceansinaction.com

Pelagic Gear – www.pelagicgear.com

Performance Freediving - www.performancefreediving.com

Riffe International, Inc. - www.speargun.com

Tito Spearguns –titotigershark@hotmail.com

Scubasworld - www.scubasworld.com

Spearboard - www.spearboard.com

Spearfishing Charters - www.spearfishingcharters.com

Spearfishing Magazine - www.spearfishingmagazine.com, www.spearboard.com

Spetton USA - www.spetton-usa.com

Technosport, Inc./Omer - www.omerdiving.com

Ultimate Predator Productions –www.ultimatepredatorproductions.com

Wong Spearguns - www.wongspearguns.com

Zeagle - www.zeagle.com
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Old 07-09-2006, 11:18 PM   #32
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Re: Seminar and Expo 2006

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From what I've seen, I would say that about 80% of Daryl's presentation will apply equally to scuba divers and freedivers. Same thing goes for Dr. Neal Pollock of DAN. Same thing goes for Manny Puig, as he will be speaking about how to handle sharks....no reason that subject would not pertain to scuba divers as well. Even Kirk's presentation should appeal to scuba divers, as I've met more and more who are interested in freediving. Art Pinder would be interesting to anyone, even if they are not divers.

Most vendors sell to both scuba divers and freedivers. I think there are more things in common between the two groups than there are differences. Bottom line, I don't see anyone walking out of the seminar thinking...."Well, that whole thing applied to freedivers only and had nothing to do with scuba".
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Old 07-09-2006, 11:27 PM   #33
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Things just keep getting more and more exciting. Costa Del Mar just asked me if they can donate some sunglasses. Carey Chen, the famous fish artist, just informed me that he will be attending the seminar. He donated two lithographs, and they are stunning.

I just got Daryl's gun....here's a picture that tells it all. I would have a hard time using this gun....looks like it should be hung on a wall. Michael Braun, another talented artist, painted these fish on the stock, and then Daryl put the remaining coats of finish over it.
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Old 07-10-2006, 01:21 PM   #34
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Don't know how I missed this with my incessent lurking.....but I just signed up. I need to be at my Boca office anyway.....at least now I do.

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Old 07-10-2006, 03:42 PM   #35
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Man, that wong gun is beautiful. I can't wait for the seminar!!

Thanks for putting this all together.
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Old 07-11-2006, 10:48 AM   #36
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sounds like it will be an awesome event with a good turnout of members, i have already signed up also.
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Old 07-20-2006, 10:31 PM   #37
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Now.....let us forced absents know how the event was
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Old 07-21-2006, 12:13 AM   #38
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For a report on the seminar and expo, see my recent post in the California forum.
It was Freakin' GREAT!!!!
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Old 07-21-2006, 02:58 PM   #39
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I know this is kind of a long shot, but can anyone help me identify someone that was at the Seminar? He was pretty tall, lean build, blondish curly hair. He was wearing a light, powder-blue long-sleeve thin jacket (I think it said CALIFORNIA on the back). He kept asking about the Art Pinder handmade sling, and I'd like to get one to him.

I don't think he was here for Nationals, because I already asked some CA guys, and he wasn't on any of their teams. In fact, he might not even be from California at all.

I would really, really appreciate it if anyone could tell me who he is. Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2006, 03:49 PM   #40
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Re: Seminar and Expo 2006

Great event Sheri! (Sorry, I didn't see him.)

More on the Blue Wild event here http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=32147

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Sheri, I think he was someone's son..at least he was sitting with an older gentleman....and didn't he win a prize during the raffle? Sorry, that's all I can remember.
By the way, outstanding job on your efforts. Anyone who missed this really did miss a great event.
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Old 07-21-2006, 04:37 PM   #42
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Gary,

I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for joining us!

Thanks for trying to help identify this guy. I'm really hoping to find him. He wanted that Art Pinder sling so bad, and I really, really want to get one to him. I could tell how bad he wanted it, and Art would like to make one special for him.
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After seeing all the pics and reading about how excellent this event was I totally regret not having participated. Ill be sure to catch it next time. From what I have read you did an excellent job Sheri so you should be very proud for all you hard work.

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Old 07-22-2006, 07:42 AM   #44
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Ronald,

Yeah...you should have joined us! Just curious, where did you see pictures? I just posted some, but I now realize they are on a California thread. Look here if you want to see more. http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=32128

I knew it would be kind of hard for some people to join us on a Thursday, but we still got a good showing. We filled the room with 250 people, and the prize list was over $15K.

I've gotten four people who have volunteered to help me next year (makes my sister VERY happy), and I've gotten sponsors who say they'd step it up even more. I even have the nearby hotel offering to be a sponsor. I guess I might have to do it all over again! So you might get another chance, and I'll do it on a Saturday, and you'll have no excuse!
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Old 07-24-2006, 10:34 AM   #45
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More photos from the Blue Wild Seminar & Expo.

Sheri introduces the first speaker, Daryl Wong.

A nice crowd, with Sheri's sister Diana & friend Bonnie Rowe in the foreground. (These two girls worked really hard to make the Blue Wild such a success!)
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