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2014 The Blue Wild Expo - February 22-23, 2014 This is a world-class spearfishing, diving and water sports event with 1,000s of participants at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center.

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Old 02-13-2014, 01:48 PM   #1
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Mark Laboccetta @ Blue Wild

Mark Laboccetta will be doing a fun Workshop at the Expo -- everything you always wanted to know about Carbon Fiber fins!

His presentations are always very educational. He's got deep knowledge of research, development, and manufacturing methods due to his role with the companies that he represents -- all high quality Italian manufacturers.

I think most of you know him already, but here is his bio in case you don't:

Mark Laboccetta and his family business Technosport Inc. have distributed OMER and C4 products in the US. since 1997. Mark's been spearfishing since 1987 and was the first to introduce carbon fiber Freediving fins in the US market, camouflage open cell wetsuits, and carbon fiber spearguns by C4 and Omer. He has written articles for Hawaii Skin Diver, Spearfishing Magazine, International Freediving and Spearfishing, and PescaSub. He's set 11 IUSA world records and helps Omer Italy with development of products for the US market.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:59 PM   #2
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Re: Mark Laboccetta @ Blue Wild

I did not know he ever imported C4 carbon fiber spearguns.......
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:22 PM   #3
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Re: Mark Laboccetta @ Blue Wild

Great. Mark is a good speaker.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:14 PM   #4
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Re: Mark Laboccetta @ Blue Wild

Do the workshops require additional entry fee, or are they all included in the door price?
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:26 AM   #5
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Do the workshops require additional entry fee, or are they all included in the door price?
All workshops/presentations and the exhibit hall are included in the entry price of $20.

That also includes free entry to the Saturday night party at the Courtyard Marriott where we have music, door prizes, drinks (drinks are not free ).

Hope you can join us!
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:44 AM   #6
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I did not know he ever imported C4 carbon fiber spearguns.......
Yes, to clarify, our good friend Alessandro always has and continues to carry the C4 speargun line -- a very beautiful product!

I have to say, Italians make the sexiest designed products....cars, shoes, spearguns.
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Re: Mark Laboccetta @ Blue Wild

Sexy is the word....
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:25 PM   #8
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I believe OMER just sold the fins (C4). Haven't seen Mark in several years. It'll be good to see him again.

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I believe OMER just sold the fins (C4). Haven't seen Mark in several years. It'll be good to see him again.

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Yes Scott, they distribute the C4 fins, I distribute the C4 Spearguns
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:09 PM   #10
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Re: Mark Laboccetta @ Blue Wild

Sheri thanks for posting about my presentation in the DEMO room on Saturday! I look forward to seeing everyone. It seemed like yesterday (2009) you hosted the first Blue Wild!

So giving credit where credit is due and just to clarify Alessandro has always and only imported C4 guns from Italy. I brought in the fins since 2001 and Alessandro imports the guns.

My bio is misleading I agree: I've brought in carbon fiber fins, camouflage suits and carbon fiber guns from the two brands starting in '97 although only fins from C4. In 1997 I brought in the Mimetic Pro by Omer some of you may recall (a nylon two suit no open cell), a carbon Omer Excalibur in '99 and the C4 Falcon range in 2001. That's not that long ago but our sport is young here in America and things have changed quickly.

I look forward to sharing what I've learned about carbon fiber fins through the years with you all. Thanks for the opportunity Sheri!
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:14 AM   #11
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Scott! Look forward to seeing our old friend and ex. Omer sponsored athlete + 2001 National Champion. You need to come diving with us once at least up here before Pat sells the Indica! See you today.
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Looking forward to it!
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Re: Mark Laboccetta @ Blue Wild

Happened already
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:50 PM   #14
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Re: Mark Laboccetta @ Blue Wild

Actually, Mark is doing another workshop again (although different topic), so this kind of applies.

I will be posting an announcement soon, including details on some of the new stuff at the next Expo. Glad people are interested in hearing about the next one. We will not disappoint!
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I will be there again from Alabama,
Really enjoyed last year

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