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Old 05-09-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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1st. Annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting Open

The 1st. Annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting Open will be held at Samara Beach/ Nicoya, on 19-23 January, 2009.

As organizer, I have been doing my best in order to offer to the participants the best competing conditions:

- January is the dry season, so that the sea is very calm, weather sunny and hot/ blue water guaranteed.
- The fishing zone (about 100 x 30 miles! ) is located in one of the best fishing area in the Central America Pacific Coast and January is the very high season for great pelagics.
- We will use sportfishing boats ( no panga! ) guided by well experienced Cpt. who know the place like the back of their hands.
- Lodging is located on the beach at hundred feet of the dock/ weigh-in station and in the best Samara resort.
- The prizes should be equal to the Open level…

By visiting the CR BWH Open 2009 website, you would get the whole INFO : prizes, rules, transportation, lodging, registering…

http://www.subaquavideo.com/costarica.html

This first individual tournament is limited to 20 divers + 2 guest divers and should gather spearos from the Blue Planet : U.S.A., South Africa, Australia…
At last two TOP blue water hunters will do us the honor of coming as Guest Divers and of taking part to the Open :
Sheri Daye Roberto Reyes

The open is also a social meeting : so we’ll try to live « Pura Vida » and the diver’s families/ friends are very welcome.
A pretty stimulating challenge ahead!
Clear water and dive safe!

Philippe Virgili

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Old 05-11-2008, 12:45 PM   #2
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Re: 1st. Annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting Open

I just down loaded the info and it will be sent to you soon......
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:03 PM   #3
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Re: 1st. Annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting Open

I hear about tons of these tournaments being invitational not that i think i could afford a trip like this but how do you get invited to these? is it a who you know thing?
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:53 PM   #4
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Re: 1st. Annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting Open

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get invited to these
By keeping in touch with me and by registering, if you are interested.

The CR BWH Open is not a sports club's members meeting! But a BW tournament widely opened to all motivated spearos...
Some eperienced colleagues/ friends contacted before I make this public, are now "in" and their feedback is enthusiastic enough to keep on working on this challenge.
Thank,s for your pertinent remarks and welcome aboard!
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Old 05-15-2008, 04:40 PM   #5
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Re: 1st. Annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting Open

Ryan I would be interested in that.
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:03 AM   #6
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COOL i just wish i had enough money to go more places
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:15 AM   #7
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:23 AM   #8
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Re: 1st. Annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting Open

It often needs to travel to far countries to diversify a blue water hunting practice... and it's not that easy for young spearos.

As organizer i plan to offer for the 2nd CR BWHO, held in Dec 2009 or Jan 2010, a burse to a young spearo.

Nominees should be 16- 22 year old.
The spearfishing back ground illustrated with pics and/ or video is the main record to apply.
The burse consist in a free registering to the 2nd Open (about $2000 U.S.) and a $500 US. cash as a help for the flight.
Spearboard forum seems to me to be the right international place to gather nominees.
I'll ask to the Sheri and Roberto, if they would be interested in taking part to the comittee.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:37 PM   #9
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Re: 1st. Annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting Open

Just so y'all know...Team IF&SN/Pelaj from the recently blown-out Cape Town Tuna event are "in" for Costa Rica. Hope to see a few more of the guys who were in the Cape at this event too...
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Old 05-25-2008, 09:30 AM   #10
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Re: 1st. Annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting Open

Here the OPEN RULES:

1st annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting
Open 2009 Rules.

1- Date & Duration of open:

The Open will be held over 5 days from Monday 19th to Friday 23th of January, 2009.
Ther will be a divers / captain’s meeting for all participants on Sunday 18th at 6 pm.

2- Diving rules/ Equipment:

General diving rules refer to :

http://www.freedive.net/ibsrc/

http://www.iusarecords.com/rules.htm

Specific Open rules :
Chum/ burley can be used by the divers.
Flasher are permitted.
Powerheads are forbidden.
An individual fishing licence is mandatory. The licence will be provided by the organizer.

3- Locality/ Transportation:

The fishing area will cover the offshore waters from Nosara to Cabo Blanco ( Nicoya Province ) . The offshore boundary is about 40 miles off the coast.
The boats will be leaving Samara Beach no sooner than 7:30am every morning and will be back at 3:30pm.
A lottery will be held to allocate each diver team to a boat on a daily basis.
All the participants must report back to the weigh in station at Samara Beach by 4:30pm.

4- Specie list/ Scoring systems:

The open will solely aim at pelagic fish generally found in the « blue water » and at less than 70 feet depth.

Eligible fish will be :

-Dolphinfish ( Dorado )/ Coryphena hippurus.

-Wahoo ( Guaho )/ Achantocybium solanderi.

-Sailfish ( Pez vela )/ Istiophorus platyperus.

-Black marlin ( Marlin negro )/ Makaira indica.

-Blue marlin ( Marlin azul )/ Makaira nigricans.

-White marlin ( Marlin blanco )/ Tetrapterus albidus.

-Stripped marlin ( Marlin rayado )/ Tetrapturus audax.

-Yellowfin tuna ( Atun aleta amarillo )/ Thunnus albacores.

-Bigeye tuna ( Atun oro grande )/ Thunnus obesus.

-Skipjack tuna ( Barrilette )/ Katsuwonus pelamis.

-Siera mackerel ( Cero )/ Scomberomus sierra.

-Spanish mackerel ( Sierra espanol )/ Scomberomus maculatus.

Fish taken during the Open become the property of the captains. On the last day fish may be used by the participants to dispose of as they wish ( take the fish for home freezing ).
All Scoring is on an individual basis.
Competitors are not to shoot more than 6 fish per day and more than 1 billfish per Open.
A maximum of 7 fish per competitor is allowed to be recorded over the duration of the Open and a maximum of 2 fish per species.
No upgrading : once a participant has recorded 2 fish of a species, he cannot record a fish of that species.
All eligible fish must be weighet and mesured each day at the certified scales wich will be at the headquarters.
Divers who do not make weigh in time at 4:30 pm. that particular day will no count for that particular day nor the following day.
Each fish count 1 point per pound.
There is not any min/ max weight or length.
Scores will be tabulated at hte rate of 1 point per pound ( lbs ), or percentage of, to hte closest .01lb.
In the event of a tied place, the participant with the largest fish recorded breaks the tied place.

The organizer ask for all participants understanding and cooperation by promoting a correct and conservative attitude.

5- Liability:

All participants must be insured by a recognized Insurance Policy for death and injury due to the obvious hazards involved in the sport of freediving and spearfishing.
The organizer recommend DAN insurance :

http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/index.asp

The participant will exempt and relieve the Open organizer Philippe Virgili, spearfishingmotion.com, the sponsors, the assistants, the charter boat services and crew, agents or representatives from liability for personal injury, property damage or wrongful death caused by negligence or for ny other reason.
By signing the application and the liability waiver, the participant will confirm that they have read and understoodthe rules of the Open and will asume the risk of personal injury, property damage or wronful death upon themselves.

6- Prizes:

First place : $3,000 U.S. ( A trophy is dedicated to the annual Open champion ).
Second place : $1,500 U.S.
Third Place : $500 U.S.
Greatest fish : $500 U.S.
Freediving/ spearfishing equipment will be distributed to the other competitors by sponsors.

An award banquet will be held for all participants, boat captains and officials at the headquarter on the night of the 23th of January, 2009 ( dress is informal ).

7-Open 2009 video:

A video will be edited by the organizer and one copy given to each participant. The video will be protected by copyright and only copies used for family/ private purposes of the participant are authorized. Any collective usage, reproduction and/or distribution conducted without prior authorization from the organizer is prohibited.

8- Registration:

Total cost is $1,950 U.S. per participant.
The cost includes:

-5 days sportfishing boat rental ( 8 hours per day )
- Welcome reception and divers/ captains meeting.
-6 nights full board : lodging is located very close to the beach / dock/ headquarter. Each diver is provided with an air-conditioned double occupancy bedroom/ bathroom in an hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch on the boat and dinner at a restaurant.
-One T-shirt, cap, edited video of the Open.
-Award banquet.
-Prizes…

All applicants must submit:
-an application form.
-a liability disclaimer.


Prior to being accepted for participation to the Open.
This can be download from the website and filled out.
The application/ liability disclaimer must be received from applicant prior to November1st 2008.
Once accepted (confirmation will be sent by mail ), the applicant has to send a $950 U.S. check or money order to
Virgili cp. Inc :
Virgili cp. Inc
102 Av des Ormes
Edmundston N.B.
E3V 4J9 Canada

The balance of $1,000 U.S. must be received prior to the1st November, 2008.

8- Cancellation Policy:

In the event of the entire cancellation of the Open by the organizer, all fees received for entries will be refund to the applicants.
Cancellations must be done by applicants by mail.

Cancellation fees:

After the 1st November, 2008: No refund. All fees are non refundable, not negotiable and not transferable.
Prior to the 1st November 2008 : 80% refundable.

9-Protests:

Protests may be registered by any contestant, official or event organizer.
Protests must be registered in writting to the event organization within 2 hours of the end of each day’s fishing. It must be dated and carry the name and signature of the person protesting.
A jury will be composed of one of the 2 guest divers, 2 participants, the event organizer, one captain. Any contestant who is the subject of protest or presents protest must be excluded from the jury in that case.
In the case of exceptional circumstances for wich no provision has been made in the Rules, the jury may, on protest from the participant concerned, use it’s discretion to lift a disqualification and impose a different penalty.


10-Confidentiality:

With a view to better protecting personal data the Open 2009, organizer informs you of the practices used on the site for handling data which is gathered and processed.
We use information regarding participants, exclusively to communicate with them regarding registering and to respond to their request for support or information.
The organizer do not use, nor share any private identifiable participant information which is provided on-line.
The organizer will not, without your authorization, sell or lease any information which is provided on line and personally identifiable regarding yourself or your firm, to any third party.
With a view to maximizing the protection of information, the Open 2009 website uses reliable technology in the field of security in order to prevent such data from being used in a wrongful manner or from being modified by unauthorized third parties.

11-Information:

For any further questions regarding the 1st Costa Rica Blue water Hunting rules, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
info@spearfishingmotion.com
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:04 PM   #11
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Re: 1st. Annual Costa Rica Blue Water Hunting Open

I'm very pleased to inform you that Tommy Botha, the legendary spearo from South Africa, will take part to the Open as a third guest diver...
About two third of the 20 divers are "in" and you are very welcome.
Best regards, Philippe Virgili

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I'm very pleased to inform you that Tommy Botha, the legendary spearo from South Africa, will take part to the Open as a third guest diver...
About two third of the 20 divers are "in" and you are very welcome.
Best regards, Philippe Virgili

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Sounds great Philippe! Good news about Tommy, Sheri and Roberto!
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:07 AM   #13
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Good news about Tommy, Sheri and Roberto!
and... Daryl Wong who will do a top team with Sheri!!
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:26 AM   #14
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bump...watch for new sponsor info!
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:20 AM   #15
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I understand that the organisers of the Cape Town Yellowfin Tuna Blue Water Open have offered a reciprocal prize to the winner of this Costa Rica comp - the winner of Costa Rica gains free entry to the Cape Town event, and vice versa.

Rabitech are also keen to join the sponsors list...so if you are not there you'll miss out!
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