I just wanted to say that this years St. Pete Open was another successful tournament. There is no doubt that the "World Spearfishing Championships" is the biggest show in spearfishing. As a past SPUC President, I know how hard and draining running this big event can be on a body and soul.
Howie Scarboro did a fantastic job!!! He worked on this for almost his whole year as President and he never faultered. When he needed help he asked most of his friends and most came through. Dean Palmer and all his behind the scene work on the website and the printing was critical to the tournament's success. The weigh in guys, the Smurfs, Rich T. Paul K., Frank, Sasha and the rest made the weigh-in fun. They had it running as smooth as any tournament I've ever seen. Denny O'hern's MC work and always there to help attitude was a big asset to the tournament. There are way too many more of Howies fellow SPUC brothers to thank for stepping up when asked, but I know Howie will always be grateful for those who put forth to help a brother out!
Lastly, the wives, girl friends and daughters of the many SPUC members were the glue that put it all together. Their organization and energy always amazes me. These handful of women sell shirts, register participants, work the weigh-in, clean up, take photos, make up the slide show (until 5am) and still manage to take care of their men and thier children during the three day event. Thanks ladies!
If you missed this year's tournament, we hope to see you next year for the greatest spearfishing show on earth!