Mike Van Haele
I’ve been diving 45 or so years.
My pride and joy 21 year old daughter Sara has just recently shown a
spark of interest in diving, maybe she will be my partner soon?
I am unbelievably lucky to have my mentor, Gary Maugh, as a partner in these
great spearfishing events (we are pretty lousy spear fishermen but a
great team). All through my diving career I have enjoyed these national
event, meeting all of my heroes and new personalities. Most of my
best friends have evolved through our great sport.
I hate mayonnaise.
Best of luck to all of the teams. I can’t wait to see everyone.
Gary started his diving career in 1971 and joined the Midwest Diving
Council in 1975. During his 41 years of diving he was MDC Freediving
Champion 10 times and holds 7 US of A catch records. He
was president of the MDC in 1981-82. In 1987 he was awarded the
International Underwater Spearfishing Athlete of the Year. This will
be his fifth US of A National Freediving competition Gary lives at
Stockton Lake in Missouri.
I was certified in 1969, joined the MDC in 1970, and have been competing ever since. I have represented the MDC in National events at Lake Navajo in Colorado, Lake Whitney and Possum Kingdom in Texas, Lake McConaughy in Nebraska, Table Rock Lake in Missouri, Beaver Lake and Greers Ferry Lake in Arkansas, Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma, Lake Oahe in South Dakota, Dauphin Island in Alabama, and the Florida Keys, and now in Lake Mead in Nevada. I have also enjoyed sport diving in Australia, Bahamas, Cancun, Cozumel, Fiji, Hawaii, and South Africa. I have been the tournament chairman for four different USoA National Championships, so I can appreciate the amount of time and effort that has gone into a tournament like this one. Looking forward to tipping back a few with many of the divers/friends that I have met at some of the tournaments. Ya’ll have fun, dive hard, and be safe!!
•2016 team national champion.
•Trained with PFI, FII, AIDA, and SSI training
•International Experience: South Africa, Mozambique,
Bali, Nusa Lembonan, Banda Sea,
Costa Rica, Peru, New Zealand , Baja – Cortez
and Pacific side
•USA Experience: Hawaiian Islands, Alaska,
California/Channel Islands, Louisiana/Gulf of
Mexico, Florida East and West Side, Florida keys
and Marquesas, Rhode Island, Lake Mead, Latham, Zanzibar.
•Represented the USA on the USA World
Spearfishing Team Peru 2014.
•Once parallel parked a train.
39 yrs old
2016 team national champion
8x national competitor
World team qualifier
4x pacific coast champion team
Cencal diver of the year
Current world record holder for
freshwater striped bass.
Calvin Lai and Hanalei Adric
Aloha competitors, friends, and family. I’m
happy to be here for another U.S. Spearfishing
Championships. It ’s always good to see old
friends and have a great time. Thanks for a
great team this year… world class partners
Bruce Ayau, Hanalei Adric, Calvin Lai Sr.
(AKA Pops), AND ME CALVIN JR. Win or lose
we will booze…
Thanks for my sponsors:
NA KOA KONA
BIO ASTIN KONA
KONA COAST SPEARFISHING OUTLET
Duke has spent most of his life in Colorado. Over the last seven years he has developed his skills in the cold mountain lakes of the Rockies, and in the waters beyond whenever the opportunity presents itself. While he loves competition he feels the best part of a tournament is the good friends you see again, and the new ones you make.
Ryan Myers grew up fishing and diving in Stuart, Florida. After studying Marine Biology at Florida Tech, he spent three months sailing through the Bahamas where he picked up his first IUSA World Record. Soon after, he travelled to Hawaii where he participated in his first National Spearfishing Championship and was exposed to advanced spearfishing techniques. Recently he competed in the CMAS World Spearfishing Championship where he speared and landed a grouper at 185 feet. He placed 12th out of 75 of the best divers from around the world. In addition to his five IUSA World Records, Ryan is an accomplished free diver, a US coast guard licensed captain, and a PADI free-dive instructor. Ryan’s specialities include deep hunting techniques and advanced primitive spearfishing. Ryan teaches both beginner and advanced skills in his expeditions around the world.
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 lake of the US and
at our Villa down in the Baja. 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 one of the best woman
divers in the World, and they are going to have some great fun.
Best fishes to all for a safe event
Anne grew up in Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Germany, in a family who valued independence, creativity and self direction. She was a 1980 Thomas J Watson Fellow, spending two years in Ecuador and Nepal, living with and studying the cultures of the high Andes and the Himalaya. She began spearfishing in Rhode Island in 1995, at the suggestion of her fishing partner, Phil Stevens. After shooting numerous Tautog, she shot her first striper, a 15lber, in 1996. She won her first Women’s National Championship in 1998, was fifth place (men’s division) in 2005. She competed on the Women’s team in the 2004 World Championships in Iquique Chile. She was the first female to win the IUSA (now USoA) ‘Athlete of the Year’ award in 2009, after she won her fourth women’s national title. She is the first female diver to win any of the North Atlantic Open meets, and was the 2013 North Atlantic Champion. She is a former world record holder for Women’s Striped Bass, and currently holds the women’s world record for Bluefish, speared off Pete Papathanasiou’s boat. She owes much of her competitive success to John Warnock, and sincere gratitude to her mentors and dive partners- Phil Stevens and Rene Rojas. She is looking forward to diving the World Freshwater Spearfishing Championships in Lake Mead this year with Savannah McGuire.
My name is Summer Shedd and I am from Miami Florida; growing up I spent a majority of my time in the Bahamas so spearfishing for my family has always been a way of life. In 2011 I won the women’s category and placed 4th overall in the Big Bang Open held in West Palm Beach Florida. However by 2013 I decided to step away from tournaments and focus on my blue water hunting, spearing abroad, and working with the organization Diving For A Cause. Reef hunting using primitive gear has always been my first love and one of my primary focuses when diving my home waters. In 2014 I landed the current women’s world record permit and cobia for the primitive gear category.
I am looking forward to competing in the USOA Fresh Water Nationals as my first tournament since my competitive hiatus and the new and exciting challenges fresh water hunting may present. The biggest goal of my spearfishing career is to present myself as a positive role model for all women involved in the sport and hopefully inspire more women to become involved. I would also like to thank Koah Spearguns and DiveR for their continued support in all of my spearfishing ventures.
was born into a diving family that loved to camp, dive, and take game.
Glen and I started in fresh water river competitions over 45 years ago and have been blessed with many great experiences at a national and world level.
I now enjoy giving back to the sport through the fresh water meets we hold in the mid west and all the new divers I get to have fun with, including my son and daughter.
Building a foundation for our sport to thrive for
years to come. One new diver, one fun mentoring
opportunity at a time. Join in, Fresh Water Rocks!
has been diving for 12 year and
has competed in 7 nationals.
He enjoys the FUN part of being in the water with friend and family.
Team McGuire wishes all competitors a fun safe
Share our sport and make friends for a life time
Aloha ! The sport of spearfishing has given me
some of my fondest memories. I’m looking forward
to a fabulous experience and to share my aloha
with everyone. I want to thank all the hands that
put this competition together. I dedicate this 2017 Worlds to my buddy and long time dive partner,
Tad Shimabukuro. He is facing the toughest
challenge of his life. I hope with lots of prayers
and proper treatment he can remain with us a
long time. Please dive safe and have a wonderful
.Imua, Mahalo, Bruce Ayau
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.
is a college student working
towards his degree
in fisheries and
aquatic sciences. He
has always been an
outdoors man with
hobbies ranging from trapping, and
falconry, to hunting with gun and bow.
Ryan discovered spearfishing in 2010
by making a make shift pole spear to
spear an invasive species that was
overpopulating a local Utah reservoir.
His love for the sport was immediate.
He is now the head of Fresh Water
Fish Slayers with members throughout
central Utah. He met his wife Shelby
in the end of 2013 and she also fell in
love with the sport. Ryan loves nothing
more than to get together with his
fellow spear-fisherman and go for a
is a fun loving
adventurous young lady. She
currently works for Marriott Hotels
as a front desk clerk. She is from
a small town in southern Utah but
now lives with her husband Ryan
in central Utah. Shortly after meeting
Ryan in 2014 he introduced
her to Spearfishing, and she fell
in love. She doesn’t have a lot of
dive time under her belt but she
is determined as a woman in the
sport to make her mark.
Aloha!! My name is Justin Lee and I’ll be partnered up with my good buddy Jandon Llego. Excited to see old faces and new ones in this first WFSC and just laugh with everyone. But stoked to be here and stoked to get to compete against some of the best in the world. Good luck everyone and dive safe. May you guys and girls shoot lots of fish but please stop at one less than Jandon and I…
Born 1 st Nov 1956.
Started competition diving at the age of 11yrs with Kingfishers Skindiving Club in
Australian Open Champion 3 times and Veteran Champion 5times.Pacific coast
Bluewater Champion, NSW State Champion
Inter Pacific Open Champion.
Represented Australia in world Titles in Gijon Spain, Inter Pacific Competition
5 times New Zealand, New Caledonia, Australia, Bluewater Comp Mexico.
Mechanical fitter by trade and commercial diver, Pearl diving in Broome, Trocus,
sea cucumber in Queensland, Abalone and sea urchin in NSW.
Blue water dive guide Coral Sea and throughout the south pacific.
Largest fish 281kg Pacific Bluefin Tuna speared of west coast of New Zealand.
Never speared in freshwater before and looking forward to the challenge.
Born 02/05/55 in Germany, immigrated to Australia in 1957 and settled in a small coastal town in the south of Sydney. He first started diving at the age of 9 and joined a spearfishing club in 1971. He has been a commercial abalone diver 35 years, he has been competing in spearfishing competition since 1973 and represented Australia no less than 18 times. He is looking forward to diving the Fresh Water competition.
Born in Austria and have been an Aussie since I was one year old. Started non-competitive spearfishing at 15 and introduced both my sons to the sport at a very young age. My youngest son and I started competition spearing 16 years ago and still enjoy the sport to this day. There is nothing I enjoy more than to spearfish with my youngest and to have my eldest at the helm of my boat taking good care of us. I have dived in freshwater but never speared in it – only line-fished for trout; as well as carp (also a very successful invasive species in Australia). I have competed in the NZ Nationals as a pair with my son achieving a good result considering the age of my son at that time and our limited experience in pairs based competitions. I have competed in approx. 10 Aussie Nationals with mixed results but mostly finished well in Veterans and Masters. I am looking forward to being able to spear pest species in freshwater, as our regulations do not allow this as yet.
is 49 years old, lives in Port Fairy Victoria Australia. He is an Professional Abalone Diver.
He has been spearfishing since the age of 14.
His Spearfishing accomplishments :
Victorian Open Champion 2003
Multiple Western District Open Champion
Eden 3 Way Veterans Champion. 2015 &2016
Eden 3 Way Open Pairs champion. 2016
is an 18 year old apprentice Plumber. He also lives in Port Fairy. He has been Spearfishing
since the age of 10.
His Spearfishing accomplishments:
Western District Junior Champion 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Western District Open Champion 2016
Australian Junior Champion 2014
Eden 3 Way Junior Champion 2016
Eden 3 Way Open Pairs Champion 2016
Is a Life long commercial
spearfisherman. Has been
the Florida State champion
more than anyone in Florida
history and is always a top
Scott has been diving for over 20 years. Born in New Zealand, he now lives in Missouri as a farmer and has lots of freshwater spearfishing experience. He has won numerous New Zealand competitions as well as being the World Freshwater Champion in Beaver Lake 2016.
Ian is a 6 times New Zealand spearfishing champion, has competed as part of the New Zealand spearfishing team a total of 16 times in numerous national and world tournaments. Ian has also been the manager of numerous national teams. This is his 3rd time competing in the Freshwater champs so has lots of freshwater spearing experience under his belt.
I’m jordy Wilson. I am 17 years old from New Zealand and have been free diving since the age of 8 years old and spearfishing since I was 12 years old. I have competed at two New Zealand spearfishing nationals and recently won the junior division at the 2017 champs. I am also a New Zealand representative competitive swimmer. My best fish to date is a 20lb snapper which is a very sought after fish in New Zealand
Started spearfishing after being unsuccessful at shore fishing. I was about 25 at the time. I slowly progressed to make the provincial team. Lived in Australia for 2 years and made the west Australian team.
Eventually came back to South Africa, and then after many years made the South African Team. Since then I have represented South Africa In Spain Chile Tahiti and Croatia. I have competed many times in Greece in the Champions league
I have speared in many countries around the world Including England Portugal Madagascar Zanzibar Kenya New Zealand Trinidad And Tobago and some more.
My passion is the sea. I have 2 sons who I am very proud of. They live with me and support me in my passion.
Guy Le Meme
My name is Guy Le Meme and I am 37 years old. I am a Wahoo Dive Club and Durban Underwater Club member. I am also a SAUFF member and the unions development officer. I began my Spearfishing journey in 2009 in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. My competitive career began the day I purchased my own boat in 2011. I currently own my own business in the financial services sector which has allowed my Spearfishing career to progress. I train everyday to improve my Spearfishing ability and general fitness. If I’m not diving due to South African weather conditions I am training in the gym or pool to maintain condition. I also follow an extremely strict diet which promotes my healthy lifestyle. My favorite reef fish to hunt is a Daga Salmon / Mulloway. I enjoy the general depth of 30m that you find these fish on the South African coastline. I also enjoy the sheer power the larger species have. My favorite pelagic fish is an amberjack which we find off the Kwazulu Natal South Coast off a reef called Protea Banks. The depth of this reef is between 26m and 38m and the larger amberjack fish are found during the months of March and April. I won my first competition in 2012 at the annual winter Game Fish competition at Cape Vidal on the Zululand Coast. In 2014 I became the Kwazulu Natal Spearfishing champion and was selected to represent a South African (Sauff) team to dive against an Australian National Team. In 2015 I also won the the Kwazulu Natal Spearfishermen title and was selected to dive the Champions League Competition in Limnos Greece with 5 fellow South Africans. The Spearfishing in Limnos (Mediterranean) was by far the most difficult and rewarding Spearfishing experience of my life. The fish in the Mediterranean Sea are extremely challenging to hunt and the Europeans are the best divers in the world which made the competition my most memorable experience.My most memorable fish was my recent 253 kgs Black Marlin off the Kwazulu Natal north coast. The current iusarecords world record is 211kgs which I unfortunately could not claim as I had to cut the fish to transport to a weighing scale big enough. After weighing all the parts separately the total weight came to 253kgs. I shot the Marlin with a 1.2m double band standard reel gun with no float. I fought the fish for 2 hours and it took 4 hours to tow it back to the launch site. The Black Marlin showed me what I have been looking for everytime I risk my life and spend time away from my amazing family. It made me realize why I dive.
My biggest 5 fish in order are:
253kgs Black Marlin
39kgs Daga Salmon (mulloway)
24kgs Black Mussel Cracker
Spearing my first fish at the age of seven and introduced to the sport by my older brother, I became an absolute spearfishing fanatic and always dreamt of representing my country. My goal is to dive as frequent as possible in various locations around the world. I also make an effort to capture my underwater world of spearfishing on film, enabling me to share my adventures with everyone…
I have taken part in 2 World Champions League Events in Greece and it was an amazing learning experience.
As current and former South African spearfishing champion, it is now an absolute honor to represent my country in this international event.
I am looking forward to meet new friends and learn from foreign divers and their hunting techniques.
Bonani M Cele
South African Team
In December 2011, I became passionate about spearfishing after attending a Beginner Spearfishing Course.
Since then I have represented the SAUFF (South African Under Water Fishing Federation) Team, at 2x National Spearfishing Championships.
From 2014 I have been a National Development coach who is involved in training young divers as well ascompleting my SASACC Coaches and Managers course in 2015.
When I dive I enjoy the challenge of spearing reef dwelling species in the ocean.
Rob Allen Dive Factory cc. is my day job, where I am the Factory Manager Architecture is my other passion, as well as maintaining a healthy mind and body.
Vegas will be my first of many new experiences as I have never travelled before and cannot wait to Represent my country and look forward to making new friends and exchanging experiences.
I started my spearfishing endeavors in South Africa some 14 years ago. Coming from a family of fishermen, my passion for spearfishing was a natural progression. I started my spearfishing career living in a coastal town on the South side of Kwa-Zulu Natal, which in my opinion offers some of the best and diverse spearfishing in the world. I have a love for being underwater and feel comforted by the quiet depths of the ocean. I have a preference for reef hunting where I can hunt on the bottom looking for challenging species to outwit. This is one of his reasons for moving toward competitive spearfishing – To test yourself, measure your progress and drive your own ability. I have put a lot of focus into competitive diving over the past couple of years and managed to rack up a few accomplishments including:
3rd place: 2015 South African National championships
3rd Place: 2016 South African National championships
Biggest fish award 2015 Kuwait spearfishing Challenge
1st place as provincial: 2016 South African National championships
1st place 2015 African Classic
1st place 2015 Kuwait spearfishing Challenge
His most memorable fish to date are:
114.7 Kg Bigeye tuna
116 Kg Yellowfin tuna
40 Kg Daga salmon
14 Kg Bohar snapper
16.5 Kg Dog snapper
Vaeamuni Kama or Vaea as he is known is a young and enthusiastic spearfisherman from the Kingdom Of Tonga. Aged 18, Vaea has been spearfishing since he was 12 years of age and has done the majority of his spearfishing in his home waters of the South Pacific.
He was taught the finer points of spearfishing from his close friend Ben Carlson. He is now on an extended trip to the USA to visit Ben and has been diving off Florida where he recently landed his heaviest fish to date, a 100 pound Amberjack.
Vaea works as a whale swim and spearfishing guide for Blue Water Explorer in the Kingdom of Tonga and enjoys underwater photography video. This will be Vaea first spearfishing competition and his first time ever diving in fresh water. Vaea has been sponsored by Blue Water Explorer to participate in this event and he is keen to do his best and experience competition diving for the first time and meet fellow competitors.
Took his first dive with a speargun when he was fourteen years old in the Kingdom of Tonga. He didn’t know that first shot would propel him into an adventurous career of spearfishing. In Tonga, he became a commercial freedive spearfisherman. That led him to start his own spearfishing charter business. After many great years with the business in Tonga, he decided to move to the United States. He sold his business to Rob Torelli and began exploring the waters off the coast of Florida where he now runs a commercial fishing business. He has a passion for deep-water spearfishing, and has won several spearfishing tournaments. He was one of the team leaders for the last DFAC trip to Panama – a yellowfin tuna spearing expedition. He is representing Tonga in the international competition.