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Old 02-06-2007, 03:15 AM   #1
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2008 CMAS World Freedive Spearfishing Championships

World Spearfishing Championships

C.M.A.S. (Confederation Mondiale des Activities Subaquatiques) sponsors a World Spearfishing Championship every two years and usually limits participation to the top 20 of its member countries. CMAS is a worldwide organization for underwater sports and currently and has approximately 35 countries as members. Each World Spearfishing Championship is typically held at a different dive location around the World. In 2004, when I was a scout on the U.S. team, it was held in Iquique, Chile. In September 2006, it was the 25th CMAS World Spearfishing Championship and it was held in Sines, Portugal.

What happens at a World Spearfishing Championship?

The Worlds are a 2-day championship where divers shoot fish for about 7 hours per day. Each day, the diving is done at a different location. Typically, 20-25 teams qualify to compete at the World Championships. And because too many teams want to participate at the Worlds, sometimes there are regional qualifiers for the World Championships per Continent. In 2006, the U.S. team dove in Peru to qualify for the Portugal Worlds via the Americas qualifier. The World Championships are boat-based meets and each team is allowed to have three divers hunting. The Championships are run somewhat like a mini-Olympics where there are opening ceremonies and a big closing banquet. It is not uncommon for thousands of people to attend the opening ceremony where each team has there own national uniform. Imagine, thousands of people applauding for spearfishermen? What a concept. At the opening event there is a parade of Nations where each country carries their nations’ flag.

What does it take to do well?

These Championships are not about just having great freediving talent as all the divers have a high degree of talent. It is about preparation and having enough resources (time and money). The top teams in these Championships will spend months training at the site, finding fishy locations (scouting) and understanding everything about the tournament area. Let’s say, the Italian team, always one of the top teams brings 10 divers to the World site and spends 60 days diving there in preparation. That’s 600 full diver days in the water. You can have all the 100 foot freedive capable divers you want, but without scouting time to hunt miles and miles of coastline, you will not break the top 5 teams. America has never hosted a Worlds, but our top divers have won individual honors (Terry Lentz) and finished 2nd a couple of times (John Ernst). In my personal opinion, our U.S divers can hang with the very best. Our biggest challenges are the time and money aspect. We seem to "work" more than the rest of the World!

How you can get involved with the U.S World team?

There are many ways. You could qualify for one of the top spots on the men's or women's team by participating in U.S. National Championships. You could also come to the Worlds as a "scout" for the team. That’s the way I attended in 2004 in Chile. It’s a great way to help the team and prepare yourself for future Worlds. A scout typically spends 2-3 weeks prior to the Worlds and dives everyday with the team finding fishy locations. Then on tournament day you support a specific U.S. team member helping them with gear and advice.

Would you like to represent the United States at the 2008 World Championships?

Well, then you must come and dive this years U.S. National Spearfishing Championships in Fort Bragg, California on August 9th.

In future additions to this thread I would like to share details on the 2004 and 2006 Worlds and explain how the U.S. team is now working toward the next Worlds in 2008 which is at Santa Margarita Island, Venezuela. We will need a lot of help to do well in the clear warm waters of Venezuela, so I will be talking to all of the SBers who have dove there or want to be scouts for the team. And for those of you who can not be with us in Venezuela but want to support us, we will have World T-shirts for sale later this year. But even before the 2008 Worlds, the U.S. team must dive the Americas Qualifier at Higuerote, Venezuela from roughly October 5-9, 2007 as CMAS is limiting the Worlds to the top roughly 20 countries. So this means, that after this years U.S. Spearfishing Nationals are over, there will be less than 2 months before the U.S. men's team must try to qualify for Worlds. We are going to be busy!

Here is a few photos of the 2004 U.S. World team from Iquique, Chile. The U.S. team placed 7th out of 22 strong teams competing. All three U.S. divers (Dennis Haussler, Bob Humphrey and Mike McGuire ) placed in the top 30 competitors! We scored better than every English speaking country and every team in the Americas except Chile, the hosting country which was quite a feat for us and we all had the time of our lives. I will also show a picture the three top divers of the 2004 Worlds led by Stefano Ballani of Italy.
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Old 03-09-2007, 07:46 PM   #2
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:54 AM   #3
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Which kind of guns did you used on that particular championship?
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Old 03-21-2007, 08:22 AM   #4
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Re: CMAS World Freedive Spearfishing Championships

Dave-
In the past there have been t-shirts made up and sold, with the profits going to help the team in their efforts...Is anyone planning on doing this? I'd be willing to offer all the graphics work for free if someone can handle the arrangements for the screen printing. I'm sure the shirts would do quite well on SB. Just a thought, I'd love to help out any way I can.

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Old 06-06-2007, 10:20 PM   #5
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Re: CMAS World Freedive Spearfishing Championships

Is US team the oldest?
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:12 PM   #6
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Damn brought some guys out of retirement for this tourny
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:41 PM   #7
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Re: CMAS World Freedive Spearfishing Championships

Sorry I have not written to this thread in a while.

To answer Marco's question, in 2004, the Americans finished an amazing 7th place in the team standing and all three divers in the top 30 individuals using mainly short guns to hole hunt. The second day of the competition vis was about 3-4 feet and the American team of old guys kicked butt with their strong low vis hole hunting skills.

To answer Matt's question, we will be preparing a special U.S. World Spearfishing team shirt to help raise funds for the team. I will post them to the board as soon as they are ready!

To answer Stringer bell, the American teams average age that was once in the 20's now ranges from the mid 30's to upper 40's. The 2007 team that finished an amazing 7th place overall have an average age of near 50 years old. These divers did better than any U.S. team in about 20 years, so age is not a limitation if you have the right trainiing and desire. The U.S. has great disadvantage in World competition as the top teams regularly scout 1-3 months for this event while the U.S. team scouts for maybe 18-20 days. We do not have the financial resources to scout more. If the Worlds where held in the U.S., we would beat all the other World teams. If we had the time to scout 2 months for World Championships, our U.S. teams would almost always be in the top five teams.

And to answer Rbautista's question, we didn't pull anyone out of retirement for the U.S. world team. The reality is that the best tournament divers in the U.S. are mainly 35-55 year olds. Dennis Haussler, who won this years Nationals is a 50 year old dynamo who can beat anyone younger or older than him. My team, that won the 2005 U.S. Spearfishing Nationals averaged a ripe 55 years old! Age means nothing in tournament diving. Skill, preparation and desire are paramount.

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Old 08-21-2007, 09:01 PM   #8
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Hi Dave.

I would like to know when it will take place, next year?
I am thinking about coming as a member of Japan Team.
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:00 AM   #9
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Re: CMAS World Freedive Spearfishing Championships

Dave,

In fact the three times world Champion Pedro Carbonell (Spain) already went to Venezuela two times these year.
Scouting is very important but too expensive and time consuming.

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Old 02-23-2008, 10:25 PM   #10
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Is there going to be a womens comp at the worlds?
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:16 AM   #11
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Re: CMAS World Freedive Spearfishing Championships

This years Spearfishing Worlds will be held October 23-26th at Isla Margarita in Venezuela.

There will be a women's invitational tournament sponsored by Venezuela. This will be the third time on a row that there has been a women's invitational. So far, CMAS has not given full endorsement to a women's championships.
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Official Web Site of the XXVI Spearfishing World Championship CMAS
October 20th to 26th 2008. Margarita Island, Venezuela


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Old 10-25-2008, 03:33 PM   #13
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Hi divers,

CMAS Worlds 1st day of competition was yesterday. Out of 21 teams the USA men's team finished 7th. Harolf Dean was high place American at 10th place. Mike Hickey finished 24th. Day 2 is today. The Spanish team has a huge lead and finished 1,2,and 3rd the first day. I will report the results soon.


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Individual Classificación Competidor País Puntos Porcentaje
1 Kerejeta Joseba ESP 30.010 100,00%
2 Mullor Juan Fuentes ESP 29.230 97,40%
3 Carbonell Pedro ESP 25.525 85,05%
4 Sideris Loannis GRE 22.085 73,59%
5 Ramacciotti Maurizio ITA 19.645 65,46%
6 Buratovic Antonio CRO 18.840 62,78%
7 Gospic Daniel CRO 18.085 60,26%
8 Benoist David FRA 17.450 58,15%
9 Alex Ortega VEN 16.980 56,58%
10 Harold USA 16.225 54,07%
11 Rejes VEN 16.110 53,68%
12 Zephirin Tarahu TAH 13.445 44,80%
13 Jody Lot POR 11.435 38,10%
14 Ossandon Soto Miguel Angel CHI 11.000 36,65%
15 Paulo Longo BRA 10.185 33,94%
16 Contreras Bosquez Franco CHI 9.675 32,24%
17 Marinov Dario CRO 9.560 31,86%
18 Bellani Stefano ITA 9.050 30,16%
19 De Silvestri Bruno ITA 7.420 24,73%
20 Paul Rosso AUS 7.025 23,41%
21 Wastavino Rodriguez Jorge CHI 6.990 23,29%
22 Tiou Fouc Franck TAH 6.385 21,28%
23 Tsiou Fouc TAH 6.385 21,28%
24 Hiki USA 6.170 20,56%
25 Antonio Silva POR 5.925 19,74%
26 Fedash Roman UKR 5.385 17,94%
27 Lagutin Andrii UKR 4.445 14,81%
28 Thoni Fernando BRA 3.325 11,08%
29 Kevin Day GBR 3.300 11,00%
30 keith eayrs GBR 3.200 10,66%
31 Gyula Plagany RSA 3.065 10,21%
32 Paul Cristy AUS 3.025 10,08%
33 Dominguez POR 3.005 10,01%
34 Fung Carlos PER 2.220 7,40%
35 Milanes Nicolas COL 2.070 6,90%
36 Lossy Loic FRA 2.035 6,78%
NC Espinoza Mario PER 0 0,00%
NC Ortega VEN 0 0,00%
NC Kozlenko Sergiei UKR 0 0,00%
NC Konya Selim TUR 0 0,00%
NC Alan Fraser RSA 0 0,00%
NC Surgakora Olga RUS 0 0,00%
NC Kochetrov Alexander RUS 0 0,00%
NC Marquez Danniel PER 0 0,00%
NC Andrews Keane NZL 0 0,00%
NC Delgado Herbert COL 0 0,00%
NC Kuznestov Mikhail RUS 0 0,00%
NC Ochoa Pereira Jorge Esteban COL 0 0,00%
NC Fitzmaurice Shane NZL 0 0,00%
NC Drapo Jucaton FIN 0 0,00%
NC Lebone FIN 0 0,00%
NC Pearce David GBR 0 0,00%
NC Kambanis Nichols GRE 0 0,00%
NC Peristeris GRE 0 0,00%
NC Herbert Peter NZL 0 0,00%
NC Longo Paulo BRA 0 0,00%
NC Gencer Hakan TUR -1.000 -3,33%
NC Miguel Gionovar USA -1.330 -4,43%
NC Latho Perti FIN -1.330 -4,43%
NC Demircioglu Volkan TUR -1.330 -4,43%
NC Bonci David FRA -2.660 -8,86%
NC Drew Feney AUS -3.325 -11,08%
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Por Paises Puesto País Coeficiente
1 España 282,46
2 Croacia 154,9
3 Italia 120,34
4 Venezuela 110,26
5 Chile 92,19
6 Grecia 73,59
7 USA 70,19
8 Portogallo 67,86
9 Tahiti 66,08
10 Francia 56,06
11 Brasil 45,02
12 Ukraina 32,76
13 Australia 22,41
14 Gran Bretaña 21,66
15 Sudafrica 10,21
16 Perù 7,4
17 Colombia 6,9
18 Nueva Zelanda 0
19 Rusia 0
20 Filandia -4,43
21 Turquia -4,43






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Harolf Dean was high place American at 10th place.
Is he the guy who was disqualified from the SBO for cheating?
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Is he the guy who was disqualified from the SBO for cheating?

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