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March 28, 2017

The Pan-American Spearfishing Championship took place in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, a small oil town way down south where the penguins live. This year, Team USA consisted of Kevin Sakuda, Ryan Moore, and myself. Cameron Kirkconnell served as captain and Joe Fernandez as Delegate. Planning for this one was tough as it seemed like Kevin and I had just gotten back from the World Championships in Greece. Also, none of us were excited for the expected conditions. My competitions always start with a phone call to Warren Bird, the big cheese over at Hecs Aquatic. I needed a seven millimeter (mm) suit for the 55 degree water. I had only once before donned a five mm in New Zealand and immediately took it off in favor of being cold. I thought adjusting to the seven mm was going to be my biggest challenge but I was wrong. ​

Leaving from Kona it took me multiple days and countless flights to make it to the southern tip of the world. After leaving the airport, I was immediately bombarded by the...

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