Australian Spearfishing Team 2014 ‘Leaving for Peru’ Monday 20 October (L-R. David Birch, Bryson Sheehy, Gunther Pfrengle, Adam Smith)-Good luck boys

Oz Team
Team Australia has been chosen, and are preparing for a very exciting and challenging 29th CMAS World Spearfishing Championships in Peru. The competition is scheduled for 28th October through to 2nd November 2014.
The team consists of
Team divers - Gunther Pfrengle
Adam Smith
Bryson Sheehy
Team Manager - Dave Birch

All of the Team are experienced spearos coming together from Townsville in Nth . Queensland, the Gold Coast, to Sydney.
All divers have been chosen from competition results including the 2013 Aussie titles, and the annual Inter-Pacific Championships.
Both Gunther and Adam has represented Australia on numerous occasions in international events, and have the expertize and fitness to excel  at this level, and Bryson is an upcoming champion in Australian spearfishing events -placing 4th at his 1st National competition at Kangaroo Island last year.
We expect to do very well if conditions become more acceptable, and good viso prevails.
Team USA are already there, and encountering poor conditions, with visibility of 2-5 metres, and seas up to 3 metres high crashing in on the coast.
Team NZ have a couple of guys there already, and the rest arrive as we do on Monday.
Reports are coming in that the Russian Team and a few Greek Team members are getting some fishing also.

What is the climate like?
Lima's climate is in transition between mild and warm, despite being located in the tropics and in a desert. Although classified as subtropical, Lima's proximity to the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean leads to temperatures much cooler than those expected for a subtropical desert, and can be classified as a mild desert climate. It is neither cold nor very hot. Temperatures rarely fall below 12 °C (54 °F) or rise above 29 °C (84 °F) throughout the entire year. Two distinct seasons can be identified: summer, from December through April; and winter from June through October. May and November are generally transition months, with the warm-to-cool weather transition being more dramatic.

Relative humidity is always very high, particularly in the mornings. High humidity produces brief morning fog in the early summer and a usually persistent low cloud deck during the winter (generally developing in May and persisting all the way into late November or even early December). Predominant onshore flow makes the Lima area one of the cloudiest among the entire Peruvian coast. Lima has only 1284 hours of sunshine a year, 28.6 hours in July and 179.1 hours in January, exceptionally little for the latitude. Winter cloudiness prompts locals to seek for sunshine in Andean valleys located at elevations generally above 500 meters above sea level.  While relative humidity is high, rainfall is very low due to strong atmospheric stability. The severely low rainfall impacts on water supply in the city, which originates from wells and from rivers that flow from the Andes. Coastal districts receive only 1 to 3 cm (1.2 in). Summer rain is infrequent, and occurs in the form of isolated light and brief showers. These generally occur during afternoons and evenings when leftovers from Andean storms arrive from the east. The lack of heavy rainfall arises from high atmospheric stability caused, in turn, by the combination of cool waters from semi-permanent coastal upwelling and the presence of the cold Humboldt Current and warm air aloft associated with the South Pacific anticyclone.The Aussies will meet at Sydney Int'l Airport around 10.30am on Monday 20th October 2014, and fly out on Qantas international bound for Santiago, Chile. The Qantas flight has an expected duration of 12.5  hrs.

A 1.5 hr stopover in Chile will see us board a flight to Lima, Peru with a flight time of 4 hrs.
Although we leave Sydney at 1225hrs, we arrive in Lima, Peru  at 1555hrs the same Monday!

Follow this page for details of the trip, which are expected to be updated daily live from Peru, with plenty of photos.
A very special thanks to the cash sponsors of this expedition, for without their sponsorship, the trip would be a massive cost to team members. These sponsors include;
Australian Underwater Federation (A.U.F.)
Underwater Skindivers & Fishermans Association, (U.S.F.A.)
Seafresh Australia,
SpearAust; Adrian Wayne
Coffs Harbour Bluewater Freedivers Club
San Souci Dolphins Spearfishing Club;
St. George Underwater Club;
Any other clubs/organizations who wish to contribute are encouraged to contact Adrian Wayne ASAP.

Much planning and preparation has gone into the trip, and this includes the running of a raffle to raise funds through John Featherstones' publication 'Spearfishing Magazine'.
On his website, there is a link to buy tickets for a chance to win many fabulous prizes including a Spearfishing trip to Tonga valued at $2500!


Other prizes include;
Aimrite King Venom gun valued at $1395
A pair of Ray Powell  DiveR fins valued at $550
HOTELS.COM  voucher for 2 people for 2 nights at a 5 star hotel value $500
Jack Daniels Racing Team Jacket valued at $220
Two MANNYSUB roller gun muzzle kits, valued at $200 each
Rob Allen solid float valued at $140
Assorted Jack Daniels merchandise

Support the Aussie Team by clicking on the link below and buying a ticket or 10 please.

http://www.spearfishingdownunder.com.au/shop/competitions/154-2014-world-spearfishing-championships.html

Progressive draws for prizes will be carried out from 28th October and the final draw for 1st prize being drawn on Friday 7th November on the Teams return. Winners will be notified by email and phone.
NOTE: Team members and their families are not eligible for prizes.

Australia has always scored on the top 20% of results in World Championships, including the win of the late Ron Taylor winning the World Championships back in 1965 in Tahiti. This is your chance to be part of this history making trip......

 

Show your pride in this great country of ours,
in our champion spearfishers,
and the 1st Aussie Team to be invited to the World Championships in over 10 years.
Get behind the Aussie Team and help us bring home GOLD!