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The Blue Wild event brings top scuba, freediving celebrities to South Florida

(DiverWire) Excitement is building for the The Blue Wild, the annual celebration of free diving, spearfishing and the aquatic lifestyle. The event, which is celebrating its fifth year in 2011, will be May 28 and 29 at the Broward County Convention Center.  The Expo will feature the top names in freediving, scuba diving, underwater videography and photography, spearfishing, marine artwork, and exhibitors from around the world!

Poster for Blue Wild“We chose Memorial Day weekend as we have so many exciting activities surrounding this year’s event,” said event producer Sheri Daye.  “A three day weekend lets out-of-towners enjoy an extra day on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, or guests may also want to participate in a Spearfishing Tournament that is being put on by a local club.”

The South Florida Freedivers “Art Pinder International Spearfishing Championship” will be held on Monday, May 30th. The tournament is open to all — freedivers and scuba divers, amateurs and professionals. Proceeds will go to the Blue Wild’s favorite charity – Twin Palms Center for the Disabled.

“We wanted to take advantage of having top spearos from around the world here for The Blue Wild and put on the baddest, funnest tournament of all time!” exclaimed the Club President, Santiago Alvarez.  “We’ve got a lot of fun planned around the weigh-in, including our picnic and social, perfect for the whole family.  We’ll finish off the weekend with a bang!”

This year’s Expo will have an international flavor as divers, speakers, and guests from around the world attend.  “Diving has no borders, as we all share that common bond with the ocean,” stated Daye, a champion spearfisher and free diver herself. “The Expo has been  successful because of the atmosphere — created by each and every diver at the event, sharing what we love to do.”

The Expo has the who’s who in diving attending and speaking at the event. Some of this year’s top speakers include:

Stan Waterman – Award-winning Cinematographer, Producer, Author
William Trubridge – Unassisted Freedive World Record Holder, Instructor
Manny Puig – Shark Wrangler, Swamp Explorer, Sculptor
Dr. Terry Maas – Spearfishing Champion, Videographer, Inventor
Martin Stepanek – Multiple World Record Holder, Freediving Instructor
Carey Chen – World Renowned Marine Artist, Conservationist

A drawing will be held each day offering the chance to win prizes worth hundreds of dollars.  Admission to this year’s Expo is $15. “We wanted to do something special for the 5th anniversary, get everyone in attendance, and thank everyone that has made us successful,” said Dave Earp, the Expo’s Floor Manager. “We never want to be the same old Expo, and this Expo will be the best yet!”

For information about the Expo, see www.thebluewild.com
For information about the Tournament, see www.southfloridafreedivers.com

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