My name is Donell Watson (pictured right) and I am from Kailua Kona Hawaii. I started to spearfish competitively in 2017 with my boyfriend Calvin (pictured left). My passion for the ocean started at a young age fishing, spearfishing and surfing. I am beyond thrilled to be representing not only the USA but also my home state Hawaii in this world competition. I would like to thank Cal for helping me with everything spearfishing, my #1 supporters my Kids (Aidan and kortney) and a Huge Mahalo to my friends, family and local supporters back home.
USA Women’s Team #1
Anne Doherty and Brandi Easter
Rocky Mountain Catfish Cazadoras
Anne began spearfishing in Rhode Island in 1995, and she began competing nationally in 1998. Brandi and Anne competed on the Women’s team in the 2004 World Championships in Iquique, Chile. She has competed in international meets in Norway and Mexico, as well as all local meets. She worked and dove as crew on a sea urchin boat in California, where the sunsets are endless, the water is clear and the ocean is beautiful. Despite the lure of clear water, she loves the Rhode Island dirty water, and dives there every weekend seven months a year. You just never know when a monster striped bass might just pass by in front of you…such a thrill! The magic of the ocean draws many adventurous and lovely people to it.
Brandi will be traveling from Northern California to participate in the 2nd Freshwater World Spearfishing Championship. She has been spearfishing – dinner to competition – for over 20 years locally and abroad. She has participated in numerous Central California Council of Dive Club and local spearfishing tournaments, USA National competitions, a World Cup in Mexico, several ‘Diving for A Cause trips’ and along with Anne, was on the first Women’s Team USA in Iquique, Chile 2004. Throughout, she has strived to be positive role model for women in all aspects of the sport – sportsmanship, safety, advocacy, stewardship, appreciation, fun and more – and hopes to inspire more women to enjoy the adventures and wonderment that only freediving and spearfishing holds. She is honored to dive with Anne and represent the USA again.
Brandi and Anne are excited to finally be going to New Zealand, and are looking forward to meeting everyone, and having a blast! Good luck and safe diving!
Ryan Peterson has been spearfishing for 7 years. He currently holds two IUSA world records. He is the president of a spearfishing group called Fresh Water Fish Slayers in Utah. His group encourages safe, fun, and lawful diving and is open to anyone. He is competing with his dive partner and wife of 4 years Shelby Peterson. Together they won 2nd place as a mixed team in the 2017 Freshwater Nationals in Nebraska and won 1st place in the 2018 Freshwater Nationals in Utah. They also placed 3rd as a mixed team at thefirst World Freshwater Spearfishing Championship in Las Vegas, NV in 2017z. Ryan is passionate about spearfishing and is always ready to get in the water and slay some fish
Women’s spearfishing champion & world record holder
Shelby Peterson has been spearfishing for 5 years. She currently holds 3 IUSA women’s world records. She dives with Ryan Peterson her dive partner and husband of 4 years. Together they won 2nd place as a mixed team in the 2017 Freshwater Nationals in Nebraska and won 1st place in the 2018 Freshwater Nationals in Utah. They also placed 3rd as a mixed team at the first World Freshwater Spearfishing Championship in Las Vegas, NV in 2017. She individually won 1st place woman at both 2017 and 2018 National tournaments as well as taking 3rd place woman in the world’s tournament in Las Vegas, NV. She is so excited to be a participant in the 2019 Worlds tournament, and hopes to make a name for herself among woman divers.
“Matt Lum lives in Santa Barbara, California. He enjoys surfing, freediving, fly-fishing and eating pizza. Matt knows a lot of really, really good spearfishermen.”