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Old 05-04-2013, 10:59 PM   #1
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50th annual "Southern Open" FL State Championships

I wanted to announce that registration is now open for the 50th annual "Southern Open" FL State Championships for UW Photography, Video & Spearfishing as well as a new State Lionfish Derby. Event is sponsored by the clubs of the FSDA. You may register for your preferred event or pre-register by June 7 for all four events for $75!

The State Video championship will be held via upload to Youtube. The UW Photo and Video Contests will start at noon on May 10th and end on the June 7th cut-off. See rules attached. Awards and Trophy ceremony is held June 16th.

The FL State Spearfishing Championship and State Lionfish Derby is held June 14-16th. We have changed the rules, adding a new pelagic category and State Pelagic Champion trophy, added several more common East coast and Keys fish to even out Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish and Sheepshead categories for inshore vs. offshore, scuba or. freedive and coastal differences.

I am also pleased to announce a partnership with Alex Fogg from the University of Southern Miss Coastal Science department on our State Lionfish Derby. The derby will offer $1,000 in cash prizes to top three lionfish shooters and largest lionfish.

We will have satellite meetings TBA around the state Friday night on June 14th (contact me for closest meeting or if you are interested in helping for your area).

Shoot anywhere in Florida dawn to dusk Saturday June 15th.

Weigh-in and Awards will be held June 16th at Sunset Grill at Little Harbor (Ruskin, FL). This is a new central location off I-75 halfway between Tampa and Sarasota. Weigh-in line opens at 11am and closes at NOON.

Little Harbor resort has some nice rooms under $100 for out of town competitors with pool, tennis courts, private beach, 3 marinas, waterfront restaurant, two bars, tiki bar and meeting facilities. Awards and prizes will be held in the AIR CONDITIONED grand ballroom. see for directions and reservations.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of FSDA hosting Florida's State Championships. We will be honoring several living legends from our sport's past during the awards ceremony. We also have a very special guest speaker, Ted Harty, captain of the 2012 US Freediving Team and a US record holder, of Immersion Freediving, who will be sharing some wonderful insight on the up and coming sport of freediving and the future of our sport.

Attached are rules and registration for this event. You may also register at Please feel free to PM me or contact me with any questions 317-412-262.

Bill Van Deman
FSDA President
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