This weekend was filled with vendors, seminars, workshops and exhibits at the 11th annual Ocean Adventure Expo called The Blue Wild. Held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, this event did not disappoint anyone who attended. There were over 150 vendors displaying marine art, photography, dive equipment, spearguns and even boats. New this year was an entire section devoted to and showcasing fishing.
Founder and world class spearfishing record holder Sheri Daye has organized this annual event to bring together divers and ocean lovers from around the globe. Sheri is also the host of the Outdoor Channel TV show Speargun Hunter and is a member of the South Florida Spearfishing Club spearfishing.org.
The SFSC membership helps as volunteers with this event, so it brings the dive community together. The raffle at the end of each day is a fundraiser for multiple non-profit groups. This event always has a very personal feel as it’s seen as the premier dive event attended by underwater enthusiasts around the world.
For me, it an opportunity to sell my two books Catching the Bug-2nd Edition and Catching the Spear-it. Most of the area’s premier dive shops and charters are in attendance, so it’s a great way for the “locals” to connect. It’s inevitable for me to meet old and make new friends interested in underwater hunting.
Mark your calendar for next years Blue Wild Ocean Adventure on April 13-14, 2019. You won’t be disappointed!