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In Memoriam: Industry Mourns Body Glove Co-Founder Bob Meistrell

Bob Meistrell, the co-founder of wet suit manufacturer Body Glove, died on June 16, 2013. He was 84. Meistrell died of a heart attack while aboard his boat, the Disappearance, which was traveling back from Catalina Island as part of the Rock 2 Rock paddleboard competition.  In the 1950s Meistrell and his identical twin, Bill, who died in 2006 at the age of 77, developed a wet suit with the insulating material used in the back of refrigerators. The streamlined suit fit like a glove […]

Stakeholder Input Requested for New Abalone Regulations

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), formerly known as the California Department of Fish and Game, is seeking stakeholder input regarding regulation options to reduce the take of abalone in 2014.  A key goal of abalone management is to provide for a productive and sustainable fishery. CDFW conducts annual field surveys to assess abalone population status and track changes in density (the number of abalone per given area) at established survey sites. Results from recent surveys have shown downward trends in abalone numbers, […]

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Shipwreck Identified At California Channel Islands

Seventy years after it was scuttled off Los Angeles, government archaeologists have found the wrecked remains of a rare Pacific Coast schooner that was used in the lumber trade in the early 1900s. The Billings, a five-masted schooner built in 1903 by Halls Bros. of Port Blakeley, Washington, hauled lumber from the Northwest to Hawaii, Mexico, South America, Australia and Southern California. After decades servicing the lumber trade it was converted into a sportfishing barge. In 1941, the owner decided to scuttle the aging vessel […]

SCUBA Show 2013 Seeks Film Festival Submissions

Assemble your best underwater video film footage now for the SCUBA Show 2013 underwater film festival. The 26th annual SCUBA Show is the largest dive expo of its type in the U.S., and this year it takes place the weekend of June 8-9 at the Long Beach Convention Center. One of the most popular portions of the annual Southern California SCUBA Show has been the unique continuous film festival. Films will be projected digitally in HD on a massive screen and viewed by thousands of […]

SCUBA Show 2012 is Requesting Film Festival Submissions

Assemble your best underwater video film footage now for the SCUBA Show 2012 underwater film festival. The 25th annual SCUBA Show is the largest dive expo of its type in the U.S., and this year it takes place the weekend of May 5-6 at the Long Beach Convention Center. One of the most popular portions of the annual Southern California SCUBA Show has been the unique continuous film festival. Films will be projected digitally in HD on a massive screen and viewed by thousands of […]

Underwater World Shoot-Out — August 1-8, 2011

The six-day World Shoot-Out will take place on August 1-8, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world, including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more. During the week the whole underwater world will be performing as one huge festival, hosting professional and amateur photographers competing with each other for some cash and very worthy prizes. Participants can take part in the competition by diving in their familiar or favorite destination during the days of the shoot-out. Competition registration deadline is […]

NorCal Underwater Hunters Big Ab Competition — August 20

This special event will begin at Ocean Cove, Sonoma County on the California’s North Coast. It is open to free-divers only and current California Department of Fishing Game laws apply. Entry fees are $30 if preregistered and $40 day of event. To receive a free shirt you must preregister. The preregistration will end on July 20. After that you will have to purchase your shirt at the event. All divers are required to fill out and turn in a waiver form and show current California […]

Monterey Shootout Underwater Photo and Video Competition — September 9-11

The 2011 Monterey Shootout underwater photo and video competition will be held September 9-11, 2011. Formerly known as the Northern California Underwater Beach and Boat Dive Competition, the 2011 Monterey Shootout has expanded to include a film festival, multiple educational seminars, and much more. In this unique, three-day event, underwater photographers and videographers of all experience levels are invited to compete for over $20,000 in prizes, including premium gear and trips to exotic destinations. Entry fee is $70 before July 25th and $85 thereafter. For […]

SoCal Shootout Photo/Video Contest — September 16-18

Bluewater Photo is hosting the 1st annual SoCal Shootout in September. Divers can shoot photos or videos anytime, anywhere in Southern California on September 16-18. There are 9 different categories for compact, DSLR and video shooters and $7,500 worth of prizes including liveaboard trips, resort trips, strobes, lights and more. Highlights include a weeklong stay at the Marco Vincent dive resort in the Philippines and a week on a Hans Christian Andersen liveaboard. Entries will be accepted online from south of Point Conception to the […]

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