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July 10, 2018

This years Nationals were held in Clearwater Florida and hosted by the Florida Skin Divers Association. It was relatively close to home with familiar fish and conditions. The National Championship moves around the country each year on a 4 - 5 year regional rotation depending on which clubs are willing to put in the massive effort to host them. It was last hosted by FSDA back in 2015, where I competed and finished 5th individual.  I was both excited and nervous to be back in “home” waters again. This year, I was diving with my girlfriend, Sam Mase, as my partner in the mixed division. The 2018 event presented some new challenges and some very welcome advantages.

I was coming fresh off a very unexpected first place win in 2017 in Northern California. Something about winning once makes anything less than a first place finish just another loss. I had a lot of pressure on me this year. Not really from sponsors, family, or friends but really only put there from myself. Even though it was held...

March 22, 2018

This year I am once again honored to represent the United States in the highest level that one can take our sport: The World Championship. Twenty-five of the best teams in the world gather every two years to compete. The 2018 World’s will be held in September in Sagres, Portugal. The team will comprise of Justin Lee, Paul Young, and myself as divers. Kelston McGuire as alternate and Cameron Kirkconnell and Joe Fernandez as co-captains. This article will seek to shed a bit of light on how we as individuals and as a country qualify to compete. And also on the scouting process and competition itself. 

Each country’s first step is to select four of its most deserving athletes to compete in either the Pan-Americans, Euro Africans, or sometimes Inter-Pacific championships. Depending on the countries region. These events are qualifiers for countries to earn a spot at the world championship. The way each country selects their team varies. Some, like Spain, have a large team...

March 19, 2018

We arrived in Taveuni after an uneventful and surprisingly comfortable 24 hour ferry ride. The seas were calm, the A/C was cold and we slept through the night mostly alone in first class. 

We had no idea where to go. We saw two other guys with backpacks and asked them where they were headed. They said there was a hostel towards the north end of the island called Maravou. We decided that would be a good place to start so we shared a cab and were off. We arrived at another beautiful hostel with friendly staff and a pool. We booked two beds and were shocked to find A/C and Wi-Fi in our room. This is a first for us since leaving New Zealand. We pretty much spent the whole day in bed watching movies, drinking Kava and soaking up the A/C. 

We bumped into a few friends from The Beachouse and shared some beers and stories. We had no real idea of how to get to our island village so we just started asking around. Turns out the bartender at the hostel was a cousin of the man we hoped would take us...

February 5, 2018

Early last year, Warren Bird from Hecs Aquatic rang up me and Justin Lee to see if we would be interested in another competition. He mentioned a film project and New Zealand Nationals. All we heard was summertime in New Zealand and we were in. We had zero details aside from dates. He said he would organize everything. All we had to do was show up. 

Fast forward a few months and I’m in Portugal scouting for next years World Champs and I bump into team NZ. No surprise there we had the same idea of scouting at the same time of year as the Worlds. We sit down to dinner and Nationals come up. They ask if I’m ready to swim. I’m confused. Warren has already lined up two boats for us why am I swimming? They say it’s a swim comp like the Interpacific Championships. I reply with, “that can’t be right because I would never agree to a swim competition I don’t swim well”. I’ve never done Interpacs because I’m more of a boat-drop-me-off-over-there, then I’ll spend 5 minutes breathing up, then do a 40...

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