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2010 The Blue Wild Expo - June 5-6, 2010 This is a world-class spearfishing event with over 1,000 participants at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center.

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Old 03-06-2010, 03:10 PM   #16
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Re: Announcing "The Blue Wild" -- Expo 2010!!!

You know I'll be there. To anyone on the fence, you will not regret it! The amount of gear, and amazing presentations, masses of cool people, and just good times and fish stories is awesome. Plus its all for charity!

edit... just read above and I basically echoed Dan's post, but he said it a lot better. so I shoulda just said:

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Old 03-16-2010, 12:58 PM   #17
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I really wish I could be there. I'd honestly rather go to this than DEMA any day. Unfortunately, same weekend as the Hell Diver's rodeo in Louisiana and I can't miss that!
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Old 03-16-2010, 06:59 PM   #18
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Re: Announcing "The Blue Wild" -- Expo 2010!!!

Last year show was the first one that I attended. It was an awsome experience. I thought I was in heaven. Can't think of a reason not to be there. Sheri did an amazing job and not a sour face in the entire place. Tons of fish stories, great people, and tons of great gear raffled out. My 14 year old son walked away from the raffles with not one, but two Riffe spearguns fully rigged with spooled reels.

Thanks again Sheri for giving us the oppurtunity to enjoy such an awsome event.

See yall there!
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:46 PM   #19
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Its official, I will be speaking, primarily about Dive Flag Awareness. Looking forward to seeing everyone!!
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:03 PM   #20
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My 14 year old son walked away from the raffles with not one, but two Riffe spearguns fully rigged with spooled reels.
So that was your son? I wanted to kill the little bugger.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:33 PM   #21
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Yeah man, it was crazy dude. He has gotten alot of use out of the 100x euro. It had more kills on it last year than any of our other guns combined..LOL
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:04 PM   #22
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Can't wait to attend this year. Last year was so much fun and very informative. Happy to help in any way I can Sheri.
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:45 PM   #23
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Ballenita, glad you and your son can make it again. I like to see your smiling faces. John, thanks for offering to help. I really appreciate it.

I just got great news! The Coast Guard agreed to be a part of our event, and they are going to do a live Search and Rescue demonstration in the ocean during our Friday night Kickoff Party (which is on the sundeck of the Marriott overlooking Ft. Lauderdale Beach), so we'll be able to see it all! They will have a Rescue Swimmer dropping out of a helicopter, etc. How cool is that?!? The party is going to be action-packed with live music, raffle, tiki bar, and Kirk Krack/PFI Instructors will also be doing free blackout-rescue instruction in the pool. There'll be a lot of celebrity speakers there, and it'll just be an all-around fun time. It's from 6 to 10 pm.

By the way, a Rescue Swimmer will also give one of the presentations on the weekend, to tell rescue stories, and also, to tell divers how they can enable an easier Search and Rescue. They said that we are the hardest of all objects to find in the ocean.

Woo hoo! Thank you, United States Coast Guard!!!
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:41 PM   #24
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wow Sheri that is tremendous, I am really excited for that..I mean, I was already really excited, but now, even more so

Bill, we were all jealous of Ballentina's boy
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That sounds great Sheri. Cant wait for the show!!
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:07 AM   #26
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Re: Announcing "The Blue Wild" -- Expo 2010!!!

Sheri

I have been in the coast Guard Aux as a volunter for almost 15 years,
that search and rescue presentation is soooo cool.

Most people dont realice the awesome job the Coast Guard does.



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Ballenita, glad you and your son can make it again. I like to see your smiling faces. John, thanks for offering to help. I really appreciate it.

I just got great news! The Coast Guard agreed to be a part of our event, and they are going to do a live Search and Rescue demonstration in the ocean during our Friday night Kickoff Party (which is on the sundeck of the Marriott overlooking Ft. Lauderdale Beach), so we'll be able to see it all! They will have a Rescue Swimmer dropping out of a helicopter, etc. How cool is that?!? The party is going to be action-packed with live music, raffle, tiki bar, and Kirk Krack/PFI Instructors will also be doing free blackout-rescue instruction in the pool. There'll be a lot of celebrity speakers there, and it'll just be an all-around fun time. It's from 6 to 10 pm.

By the way, a Rescue Swimmer will also give one of the presentations on the weekend, to tell rescue stories, and also, to tell divers how they can enable an easier Search and Rescue. They said that we are the hardest of all objects to find in the ocean.

Woo hoo! Thank you, United States Coast Guard!!!
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:26 AM   #27
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Roberto, one of the top Cuban freedivers in Florida that I interviewed for a magazine article told me that he escaped to Florida in an inner tube with dive fins, kicking his way over. What he did not know is that Hurricane Andrew was on the way, because they didn't get weather reports in Cuba.

Anyway, he was more than half way when the hurricane approached, and calm seas turned rough very quickly. He figured his life was over and was saying his final prayers when, ironically, a Russian sub spotted him and told the US Coast Guard. The Coast Guard came out to rescue him in the middle of a hurricane! He says he respects the US Coast Guard like no other and owes them his life. If you hear him tell the story, it makes you cry.

Hooray for US Coast Guard!!!
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:19 PM   #28
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There's a good reason why I look up to you Sheri and this is one of the many. Count me in.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:38 PM   #29
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Glad you're coming, Rinaldo. But THIS is who you should be looking up to, listen to this.

I am so excited, because everything seems to be falling into place for the Expo. We are getting a "USCG Rescue Swimmer" to lead a session on Rescues at Sea. There are the elite of the Coast Guard. There are only about 300 of them across the country. Not many get picked for it, and then there's an attrition rate of between 55 and 80% when they get training.

Anyway, we will hear exciting rescue stories, advice so we don't need to be rescued, what we should do to enable a rescue if we get in that situation, etc. Should be a good one!
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:56 PM   #30
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Re: Announcing "The Blue Wild" -- Expo 2010!!!

Sheri, the USCG will be awesome!

Looking forward to your presentation too Rob!

And all the new areas like the film festival with Stan Waterman & Rob Torelli, Dr. Castro, Manny & more for the shark gig, presentations by boating experts, deep scuba, commercial deep diving, wreck specialists... way cool!

And lots of the previous speakers are back, like Kirk and Mandy, Dan MacMahon, Art Pinder, Del Wren, Pipin Ferreras and Daryl Wong of course, and many more!

I'll see you there!

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