JULIAN CRUZ In the 35 years that Julian has been spearfishing, some of his fondest memories go back to when he first started diving in Cuba. Beaches like “Patricio Lumumba” and “La Concha” in the early years. When he became a commercial spearo he covered the whole west of La Habana, from Cojimar to Bacunayagua. For Julian, love for the water runs in the family. His father would always take him on fishing trips and his mom (Who at the time worked for the Resource Database for Cuban Fishery Research) would take her son on most of her Research Trips. Julian has participated in 11 National Championships and made the Top 10 best US spearos in 2008.
Home Town: West Palm Beach, FL
Diving For(Years): Been diving for 35 years, since he was 10.
Passions: Spearshing and spending time with his son, who is a living replica of his father.
Occupation: Professional Spearfisher
Favorite Locations: The Keys, West Palm Beach, Miami , pretty much all of Florida.
Favorite Fish & Personal Best: Black Grouper (72lbs), Cubera Snapper (74lbs)(WR)
A message for all the rookie spearos out there: "Always dive safe. One person’s life is more important than a fish”.
TONY MIRANDA In the 45 years Tony has been spearfishing, very little has kept him out of the water. Not a charging bull shark. Not the Cuban government. Not a giant amorous sea turtle. An errant boat propeller that nearly sliced his foot off side-lined him for a while, but a year later he was back in the water, hunting. Tony has made the US Spearfishing Team twice in his career, competing in the World Championship in ’92 Mallorca & ’95 Venezuela. He achieved the highest individual score in the US Team in both World Championships.
“Im sure I’ll be able to spearfish for 20 more years, easy” says Miranda, 60
Home Town: Miami, FL
Diving For(Years): Been spearfishing for 45 years, since he was 15.
Passions: Family always comes 1st then Spearfishing. He is also an accomplished triathlonist.
Occupation: Fishing Lobster when in season. When off-season, he spearfishes for a living.
Favorite Locations: Belize, Bahamas, Miami and the North of Spain.
Favorite Fish & Personal Best: Black Grouper (60lbs), Cubera Snapper (45lbs), Mackerel (14lbs)(WR), Triggerfish (16lbs)(WR).
A message for all the rookie spearos out there: “Safety first. Always dive with a buddy, discipline is key and remember to have fun”.
ALEX BRISTOL has loved the sea since he was a kid. Now at 35 years of age, you’ll find him underwater at least once a week. His father is the one who took young Alex fishing back in Puerto Rico and forever planted the seed of spearfishing in his son. Alex achieved 3rd place in the US Spearfishing Nationals in Hawaii (2004), and has participated in 6 different US National Championships.
Home Town: Davie, FL
Diving For(Years): Been fishing for 30 years, since he was 5.
Passions: Spearfishing, Car Racing, Flying and The Family.
Occupation: Runs an Airline in Puerto Rico.
Favorite Locations: The Keys, Puerto Rico and Miami.
Favorite Fish & Personal Best: Kingfish (50lbs), Cubera (35lbs), Cobia (48lbs), and Amberjack (70lbs).
A message for all the rookie spearos out there: “In this sport it takes time to reach your goals, so practice, have patience and have fun”