Every year (three so far) the South Florida Freediving club organizes the Jack Kearns Classic spearfishing competition. This December I went out with friends Manuel Menendez, Manny Chica, and Eddie Aixala armed with a Nikonos and video camera. Conditions were beyond horrible and visibility was minimal, making taking pictures or video impossible. But the bad weather did not stop Manny and Manuel from taking first and second prize in the men's gun division individual and team. I spent most of the time on the boat giving directions to the captain (Eddie) as he was having difficulties dealing with the currents, waves, and vegan sandwiches (all an inside joke, he did fine). We all did have our wet-suits on to deal with the cold and rain. While the weather was not cooperating, having good company and laughs made up for it.
The same week of the competition, Manuel was featured in the Miami Herald on a story about lobstering - read here (not sure why he did not take the team ;) ). We go out often to catch stones crabs and lobster while in season - undisclosed location. Catching and eating your own food just makes it always taste so much better.