When I was young my dad used to take us to Molokai for the summer, we were barely 5 years old and we already knew that our favorite thing to do was spearfishing. Every morning my brothers and I would anxiously await my dad and grandpa to say let’s go!” When we jumped in the water there were fish and lobster everywhere. We managed to fill our T-bars with all sorts of species and couldn’t wait to see our grandma smile, as we gave her all her favorites Kumu Moana Kali and Papio. She would steam it ,fry it ,or bake it ,and it was always on our lunch or dinner table. We really did live off the ocean during those days. Today I am still diving and loving the ocean. To give fresh fish to my family and friends on a regular basis makes me feel terrific. Whether it’s surfing, Outrigger paddling or spearfishing I will always have that connection and love for the ocean. Good luck to all the participants in this year’s worlds in Arkansas I look forward to more relationships and awesome times with terrific friends. Aloha!
Hanalei Adric, I was born and raised in Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA. I started spearfishing at age 7 and traded fish for sandwiches at the local drive-in. As a kid, I peddled fish around the community for extra money; spearfishing kept me out of trouble and taught me to value hard work. At 13 years old, I began spearfishing competitively in local tournaments as a member of the North Shore Spearfishers. In 1993, I competed in my first national event at Kings Beach, Newport, Rhode Island. 2013 Freshwater Nationals, 2nd Place Individual, Lake Meade, NV 2013 USOA National Champion, 1st Place Individual Newport, RI 2014 USOA, 2nd Place Individual, 1st Team, Kona, HI 2015 Freshwater Nationals, 1st Place Individual, 1st Place Team, Keyhole Reservoir, WY 2018 Freshwater Nationals, 4th Place Individual, Lake Powell, AZ 2019 Freshwater Nationals, 4th Place Individual, Lake Meade, NV I want to wish all the competitors good luck and dive safe. Thank you to all the organizers and sponsors for this years World Competition. Mahalo Nui Loa!
Bob was also born into a diving family and became one of the top divers ever in Ca. He has won at a national level in salt water and freshwater and went to Chile for the USA in the CMAS world event. Mike and Bob love to hunt and scout together, and look forward to making lots of new friends at this WFSC. We also look forward to winning the masters and drinking for free on Mike Van Haele come Banquet night 🙂
Mike was born into a diving family along the California coast. He started diving competitions early and fell in love with the water, fish, sea life and the environment. After many years of competing, he now finds that his passion has changed to giving others the opportunity to experience the same thrill. It is his pleasure to still be diving well and to be able to join so many top divers from around the world in this event. As a tradition, Mike Van Haele will be buying all the top teams drinks all night long at the Banquet, Thanks Mike
Mike Van Haele
This is my 50th year of diving and I love it as much now as I did then! Come see me at the banquet and I’ll have Mike McGuire buy you a beer! Always enjoy seeing my diving friend!!!
This is my 38th year of diving and I love it as much now as I did then! Come see me at the banquet and I’ll have Mike McGuire buy you a beer! Always enjoy seeing my diving friend!!!
Started diving in 1987 and was immediately adopted by the club Spear-fishermen. The first thing they did was take away my new scuba gear and give gear from the fifties and a spear gun. Since that day I have been involved either as a member or Officer in the following clubs, the Kansas City Frogman Club, The Midwest Diving Council and The Underwater Society of America. Throughout the years I have competed and won several awards for those organizations, local and National, with the help and
support of some great friends and teammates. Some of the events I enjoyed and still enjoy are Skin and Scuba Spearfishing, Scuba Skills, Underwater Photography and Underwater Hockey. Can’t wait to see everyone at the lake and hear some great stories.
My name is Bob Benson. I’m 66 years old and will be competing in the Master’s Division at this year’s World Championships. I’ve been diving since 1978 and an active part of the Midwest Diving Council since 1988. I’ve participated in multiple spearfishing competitions during that time including several Nationals, many local events as well as the first World Freshwater Championships at Lake Mead. I’m looking forward to seeing all of those competitors who were at that event. It should be a great tournament. Good luck to everyone. Let’s all be safe and have fun.
Calvin Lai is a local, Island-born Hawaiian. Spearfishing since the age of 7, he has over 30 years of experience on the ocean—many of which include prestigious awards and recognitions. These include but are not limited to: 2-time United States Freshwater National Spearfishing Champion, former world record holder for the Pacific Blue Marlin, and numerous state records. Calvin has appeared on numerous local TV shows for spearfishing and just recently finished with an upcoming Travel Channel episode. As a young child, Calvin was introduced to the art and love of spearfishing by his grandfather, Ceasar Rubio. Grandfather Rubio taught Calvin that knowledge of, respect, and love for the ocean and its environment are irreplaceable gifts that must be held in the highest regard.Spearfishing is an art valued throughout the entire Lai family. Due to this, you’ll often find his father, Calvin Lai, Sr., a seasoned 40-year captain, accompanying Calvin on his water journeys. If you are fortunate enough, you may even get to meet next generation Eli Lai Junior, as he is also very experienced and occasionally joins in on the fun as well. When not fishing or spending time with his family, Calvin Lai works as a full-time firefighter in Kona, Hawaii.
Hi I’m Elijah Lai from Kona Hawaii I am originally from Oahu and I just moved to Kona about 8 months ago for my senior year.
Spear fishing is a tradition in our family that has been passed down from generation to generation.
The first spear fishermen in our family was my great grampa Rubio.
Back in his days they would make there own spearguns and still shoot 100+ uluas.
Grampa Rubio was the man who taught my dad how to dive.
From a young age he would take my dad out with a stick as a stringer and follow my dad around while he shot fish and before you knew it my dad was an expert.
When I was about 6 years old my dad made me my own Hawaiian sling to shoot manini in the shallow waters.
I used a Hawaiian sling till I was about 13 and when I went to a gun.
It made a big difference, it was like the fish didn’t even have a chance.
From the very moment I step foot in the water I fell in love with the sport of spear fishing and I plan to spearfish till the day I die and to pass on the legacy of the sport to my kids in the future.
A Honoka’a boy that loves the water and spreading the Aloha
One Hammah Honoka’a Boy in the water and on the land! Nothing is safe!!
Spencer Vivian got into spearfishing thanks to Mike McGuire in May of 2017. Since then he has had the pleasure of competing nationally and internationally in freshwater tournaments. He looks forward to meeting new people and exploring new places as he pursues competitive spearfishing.
Kelston McGuire was born and raised in Colorado. He has grown up spearfishing his whole life and loves connecting with nature and wildlife through diving. He has been diving almost since birth with his father, Mike McGuire, who shares his passion for the water. Kelston has had the privilege of diving in many local, national, and international events. The most notable being his participation on the 2018 CMAS World Team at Sagres, Portugal. He has also recently come back from serving a two-year service mission for his church and competed in the 2021 Freshwater Nationals where he took 1st place shooting 147 fish.
I have been diving all my life starting in Hawaii where I grew up. I currently hold the Hawaii State record for Big Eye Tuna. Now I live in Las Vegas where I dive The Colorado River and Lake Mead with my buddies at 9th Island Spearfishing.
All my life I have been into watersports. I have lived in Southern California and Hawaii but now live in Las Vegas where I dive The Colorado River and Lake Mead with my buddies at 9th Island Spearfishing. I started competing in spearfishing tournaments about 4 years ago. This will be my first Worlds tournament and I’m extremely stoked about it! #WhiteOrca
Savanah is growing up with a diving family. She started swimming competitively at age 6 and has been diving and surfing for the last 5 years. She spearfishes in the Midwest lakes of the US and at our Villa down in the Baja. also dives for large red Abalone in Northern California.
She has competed in regional events taking large carp and small mouth bass. She has the Northern Pike World Record for women taken in Colorado at 16.6 pounds. She is stoked to be diving with all these great women and plans to have some great fun. Best fishes to all for a safe event. SM
Brandi has been diving for a number of years, and has been on three USA World Teams, Chile, New Zealand and now Arkansas! She and Anne are looking forward to taking out all the fish in Beaver Lake!
Anne has been on the same three USA World Teams with Brandi; together they are a well oiled machine. Bringin’ it to Beaver Lake!
Ryan discovered freshwater Spearfishing back in highschool and it became a passion of his. He has been competing since 2014 and is excited to get to compete in his third fresh water world competition. Ryan is diving with his wife and dive partner of 6 years.
Shelby was introduced to freshwater Spearfishing by her now husband Ryan. She fell in love with the sport and loves being able to compete with her husband. She hopes to continue to make her mark as a woman diver.
My name is Maya Western, I am 19 years old. I have been diving for the past 4 years. I have competed in the last three Freshwater Nationals, and I am competing in the 2021 Nationals this coming weekend. Over the years I have really developed a love for spearfishing. In September 2020 I shot the new world record Tiger Muskie. I have been blessed to have my dad and best friend teach me how to spearfish. I am excited to be diving with him in the 2021 Freshwater Worlds.
While I have been spearfishing off and on for over 20 years, I have really grown to love the sport as a freediver during more recent years. I love heading down on our yearly spearfishing trip to Mexico with family and friends. I have also ventured out to many new freshwater lakes over the past years for spearfishing, which has been inspired by RMSA tournaments. I have participated in several Top Dawg tournaments, several local freshwater tournaments and three US National Freshwater tournaments. I live in St. George, UT with my adventurous wife Megan and our four kids, Maya, Ian, Jocelynn and Jake. I will be diving with my daughter Maya as a team in the US Freshwater National 2021 and then in Freshwater Worlds 2021. I am looking forward to a great year of diving with family and friends!
Having a chance to go to worlds is a big honor. Scuba diving was the first hobby, soon it led to an interest in freediving. I met Mike McGuire in 2015 during an advanced SCUBA course. Since then he’s gave my husband Austin and I plenty of great opportunities and resources to really dive deep, pun tinted. Soon we started attending tournaments regularly and taking plenty of trips just to spearfish. I’ve only been freediving competitively for about 5 years and have learned a lot. I’m excited to learn more from, and compete with experienced divers during my first world tournament.
I have been diving competitively for about 5 years now. I have had many opportunities to meet and compete with the spearfishing communities best and brightest. My love for the water pushed me to become a scuba instructor and i get to spend even more time in the water thanks to spearfishing and I have found a new passion that will stick with me forever.
Born and raised on the Big island of Hawaii. United States Army Veteran, Farmer, Youth Advocate and a friend.
Grew up on the famous Kaneohe Bay fishing and diving. Worked as a dive charter guide and a commercial diver. Full time farmer and fitness fanatic. Enjoys anything outdoors and adventurous.
Cuba / USVI
I have been FreeDive spearfishing since the age of 6, competitive spear fishing since 2003 and represented the United States in 2012 World spearfishing competition in Vigo Spain.
World Championship 1992 USA Team member in Porto Cristo Spain and 1995 Isla Margarita Venezuela, best placed American diver in both tournaments. I have participated in 4 Panamerican spearfishing championships as team captain in Miami fl. It will be a privilege and honor to compete with all of you in Arkansas 2021. I’m honored to represent Mares Spearfishing equipment.
Robert John Koss 28, Mangilao Guam @buddayy
- Onedrop spearfishing team
- PADI certified Freediver
- – Competitive and sustenance spearfisher for over 10 years
- – Sponsored athlete at Alchemy Spearfishing, Greece & Evolve Diving, Kona Hawaii
Feb. 2016 Umatac, Guam Heritage Competition 1st place largest fish
Feb. 2017 Umatac, Guam Heritage Competition 1st place largest fish
May 2017 Rota, CNMI spearfishing Derby 1st place largest fish
Aug. 2017 MUFF challenge, Guam 1st Place open category
Feb. 2018 Umatac, Guam Heritage Competition 3rd Place
June 2018 Blue water world cup, Baja Mexico 3rd Place worlds individual, 1st place
July 2019 Blue water world cup, Baja Mexico 19th place individual lol we all have our
Michael Orr, Ph.D., YM offshore
Onedrop spearfishing team member
Sponsor: Sens07 dive team
Feb. 2018 Umatac, Guam Heritage Competition 1st place open
Feb. 2019 Umatac, Guam Heritage Competition 1st place open, 1st place largest fish
Aug. 2019 Marianas Underwater Fishing Federation challenge, Guam 1st Place largest fish category
April 2020 OneDrop Feed Marianas Charity spearfishing challenge, 1st place open, largest fish
Love the water, love to travel, love to meet other spearos, love to eat fish, and love to shoot fish. I am from the beautiful island of Guam. This is my 3rd Freshwaters World Championship that I have been to. I am excited to try fishing a new spot with my team from Guam, and I look forward to meeting all the other teams and learning, adapting, and adjusting to a new environment. Good luck to all the other teams, we look forward to meeting you all. Be safe!
Hafa Adai, my name is Chase Weir I’m 26 and i’ve been spearfishing fishing for about 8 years. I am a dive boat captain on Guam and spend most of my time out on the water. Whether its fishing or driving, I find myself on the water 5-7 days a week. I own my own underwater production company “Liquid Soul Industries” which allows me to travel throughout the pacific shooting commercials and taking photos. Fishing has always been a passion for me and I have a great time diving with my partner Monique and her brother Todd and close friend Myles. I am very excited to participate in my 1st freshwater tournament.
I have lived on Guam 60 plus years. Spearfished on Guam and throughout Micronesia for 50 plus years. The fish in my photos look small because I am chunky but still cute. Big fish are also too easy to hit.
Hafa adai! My name is Carmela and I’m from the island of Guam! I grew up in a family of fishermen! I’ve been spearfishing for a few years now, and this will be my second freshwater competition. Me and my partner in crime placed third in the Mixed Division in the 2019 Lake Taupo Fresh Water Competition and we can’t wait to get back!
I was born in Mexico City, but raised in the Philippines. My father was an avid diver and shared his love for the ocean with my sister and I. I was a member of the Philippine National Swim Team for close to a decade and competed division 1 at UNLV for four years. Like my sister, I started free diving in my early 20s, and have found a renewed love for the water. I am currently a nurse in Los Angeles and spend most of my free time close to the ocean.
I was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines, where most of my weekends were spent by the ocean. I was a member of the Philippine National Swim Team for about a decade and wrapped up my swim career at UNLV as a mid-distance swimmer. I started freediving a decade ago, slowly graduated to collecting lobster, scallop, etc, and most recently moved on to spearfishing. Water is where I am truly happiest, and I feel lucky to be able to compete in a new sport.
Zimbabwe / South Africa
I grew up spearfishing the lakes of Zimbabwe, Africa. I’ve been spearfishing for about 20 years, 6 of which I have dived competitively. I’ve since competed in 1 World Tournament and multiple National Tournaments. Spearfishing gives me an insight into a different world. I love the freedom I have underwater, the ability to challenge myself, and the chance to compete with people from around the world. Spearfishing provides a sustainable yet exciting way to put fresh fish on the table. It’s more than my passion, it’s my addiction. Good luck to all those competing.
I grew up in Durban, South Africa, where the Indian ocean was his back yard. I spent my youth surfing, diving, and sailing and after school I moved to the states. I got into freshwater spearfishing competition in 2015 and really has a passion for the sport.