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2018 The Blue Wild Expo - April 14-15, 2018 This is a world-class spearfishing, diving and water sports event with 1,000s of participants at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center.

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Old 02-26-2018, 04:13 PM   #1
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The Blue Wild 2018 -- April 14-15

The Blue Wild returns to the Broward County Convention Center on April 14-15, 2018. Spanning 65,000 square feet, the indoor event attracts upwards of 5,000 attendees and over 150 exhibitors specializing in freediving, scuba, spearfishing, lobstering, H&L fishing, paddle-boarding, adventure travel, and more. The event also features one of the most extensive marine art and underwater photography exhibits in the country.

Seminars and hands-on Workshops are scheduled throughout the weekend and open to anyone who wants to attend. Seminars include presentations by world-class freedivers, spearos, fishermen, photographers, videographers, and the US Coast Guard. Workshops topics include band-tying, how to make a flasher, how to cross to the Bahamas, knot tying, fish filleting, yoga for divers, and more. A new Lionfish Pavilion will have demos on filleting and preparation, along with lionfish ceviche sampling. The popular Kids Zone will offer free face painting, art classes, and crab races – something for the whole family. For marine art fans, we have one of the country’s most impressive collections -- from the world-renowned to the local scene with artists such as Carey Chen, Pascal Lecocq, Michelle Brener, and many more. This year, we are adding a more extensive fishing section which includes Shimano, Custom Rod & Reel, Connley Fishing, Florida Sport Fishing, and more.

Returning exhibitors include Austin’s, OMER, Mares, PADI, Headhunter, DiveR, Maverick, Chaos Fishing, Florida Freedivers, Dixie Divers, Wong Spearguns, and many more. The Expo is pleased to welcome several new exhibitors such as International Spearfishing Academy, SeaHunter Boats, Laser Tools Co, Reel Addictive Charters, Sporty Girl Apparel, and Scubotics. Adding to the excitement, the Expo also has state-of-the-art water toys, kayaks, and Contender Boats. Special thanks to our major sponsors: Flanigan's, Contender, PADI, Papa's Pilar, and Wong Spearguns.

The show is known for its high-energy crowds and fun vibe. Entry is $20 at the door and includes a free goodie bag (while supplies last) and free entry to the Saturday night After-Party at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Courtyard Marriott. For more information, visit www.TheBlueWild.com where you can check out video from last year.
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