2015 Speakers / Authors / Workshop Leaders

Rob Torelli
Australian Champ/Guide, Videographer
Robert is the current Australian Spearfishing Champion (9 time winner). Rob has been guiding spearfishing, diving, and filming expeditions for the past 20 years throughout Australia and South Pacific. He owns a charter spearfishing and whale swim operation in the Kingdom of Tonga -- an island chain nestled in the middle of the South Pacific which is the most reliable location in the world to swim with Humpback whales. It boasts warm, crystal clear waters, and year round diving. www.marineboyproductions.com.au . Tonga also offers "world class" spearfishing. www.spearfishingtonga.com Rob also works as an abalone diver and underwater videographer with a special passion for whales and dolphins, along with sharks. He has supplied the BBC, Animal Planet, and Nat Geo with stock footage taken while free diving, and he co-produced Nat Geo's documentary "Shark Quest".


Stan Waterman
Award Winning Cinematographer/Producer
Stan is a five-time Emmy-winning cinematographer. He learned scuba early-on, operated a dive charter in the Bahamas, and filmed a year-long trip with his family in Tahiti as shown on TV by Nat Geo. He was the producer of Blue Water, White Deathand many award-winning documentaries. He is the author of Sea Salt and currently leads charters and lectures around the world.

Martin Stepanek
Multiple World Record Holder, Instructor
Martin is a freediving pioneer having gone to depths never before – over 400 feet on a single breath of air. He is one of the top freedivers/trainers in the world claiming over 13 World Records. Martin’s passion, dedication, and background in human physiology has pushed his F.I.I. curricula to the forefront of freediving education. A native of Czech Republic, Martin resides in Fort Lauderdale.


Manny Puig
Shark Wrangler, Swamp Explorer, Sculptor
Manny continues to educate and entertain audiences. His approach is primitive - no cages, tanks, or armor protecting him from encounters with some of the most feared predators in the world. Manny interacts with sharks, faces down black bears, and dives in the swamp with the American alligator.

Diane Randolph

Diane is an avid scuba diver and award winning underwater videographer with 20 years of experience. She started out shooting video with a Sony High 8 Handy cam video camera and a lighting system that her father hand made for her in the early 1990's and has had a passion for telling stories as seen through her lens ever since. Living in South Florida she enjoys diving in her own back yard location "The Blue Heron Bridge" and traveling into the Caribbean and the Pacific to explore and study the marine life behavior and culture that those destinations offer. She has had the wonderful honor of working with Stan Waterman on several projects and having her videos selected for the high honor of showing at the San Diego Film Festival in 2013. She recently has won 1st and 2nd places in the Beneath the Sea film festival competition.


Dr. Daryl Wong

Dr. Daryl Wong is a dentist from Hawaii and is one of the premier builders of custom-made spearguns used around the world. He is also an accomplished spearo and world record holder, constantly experimenting with different designs and techniques. He enjoys reef and bluewater hunting and loves traveling to meet new friends or hosting them in his own back yard. He is known for his generosity, often sponsoring women and juniors, and for his kind spirit of aloha.

Michael Barnette

An accomplished diver, author, and photographer, Michael has been researching shipwrecks for almost 25 years, resulting in the identification of more than 40 -- including the steamers Peconic and Munisla. In 1996, he founded the Association of Underwater Explorers (http://uwex.us), a coalition of divers dedicated to the research, exploration, documentation, and preservation of submerged cultural resources. He has dived on numerous historic shipwrecks, including the ironclad U.S.S. Monitor, the liner Andrea Doria, and the H.M.H.S. Britannic, sister ship of the fabled R.M.S. Titanic. Michael is a member of the Explorers Club and has published three books on Florida shipwreck and maritime history, the most recent being the definitive Encyclopedia of Florida Shipwrecks, Volume I: Atlantic Coast. Michael works as a marine biologist for NOAA


Kirk Krack & Mandy-Rae

Krack is a world-renowned coach, mentor, and teacher of freediving Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, also an instructor, is a highlytrained athlete, achieving many world records. TheirPerformance Freediving classes have helped many divers explore their potential and reach their limits in a safe and controlled environment.

Sheri Daye

Sheri is a Freedive Spearfishing National Champ, multiple world record holder, and host of "Speargun Hunter" on Outdoor Channel. She is producing/hosting this Expo and wishes to thank all the speakers, exhibitors, and volunteers. She hopes you enjoy the big party -- thrown especially for ocean lovers!


Dan MacMahon

Dan MacMahon is one of the most respected spearfishermen in the state of Florida, due to his skill and character. He has won major tournaments multiple times and has speared the state’s largest Warsaw grouper at 403 pounds and the state's largest black grouper at 134 pounds. He is Spearfishing Magazine’s 2006 Spearo of the Year. He is an accomplished freediver, scuba diver, and technical diver, sometimes going to depths exceeding 400 feet. His passion for spearing comes through in his story-telling and he continues to be a role model and a guiding influence on many other spearos.

Ted Harty

Ted started freediving professionally in 2009 when he became an instructor for Performance Freediving International (PFI). In 2010 he founded Immersion Freediving where he teaches PFI classes year round in Fort Lauderdale. Ted has won multiple freediving competitions, is a US Freediving national record holder, was selected to be the captain of the 2012 USA Freediving team, and his deepest freedive is 279 ft. Ted is a PFI Instructor Trainer as well as an Advanced Freediving instructor.


Mark Laboccetta

Mark Laboccetta and his family business Technosport Inc. have distributed Omer and C4 products in the US since 1997. Mark's been spearfishing since 1987 and was the first to intoduce carbon fiber Freediving fins in the US market, camouflage open cell wetsuits, and carbon fiber spearguns by C4 and Omer. He has written articles for Hawaii Skin Diver, Spearfishing Magazine, International Freediving and Spearfishing, and PescaSub. He's set 11 IUSA world records and helps Omer Italy with developement of products for the US market.

LTJG Leslie Brown

LTJG Brown is a MH-65C Dolphin Helicopter Pilot at USCG Air Station Miami. She has performed water rescues, medevacs, and law enforcement interdictions throughout South Florida and the Bahamas. Hailing from CO she has been flying for ten years, beginning with single engine Cessna's. She also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Aviation Technology and Management from Metropolitan State College of Denver and enjoys diving and water sports.


Robert Croft

Researcher, Navy Instructor, and in 1967 the first person to freedive beyond 200 feet (the first and only American to break world records in the early days of the sport). Bob was a submariner in the US Navy and worked in submarine bailout training. He pioneered the technique "packing" now used by modern freedivers. The first record on blood shifting in humans was discovered while studying Bob during his dives. He continued to serve as a Navy diver for many more years and is now an ambassador for the sport.

Ray Marquez

"Trigger Ray" is a veteran diver of the oil rigs in the Gulf but now living in Ft. Lauderdale. Ray is a certified advanced freediver, spearfisherman, expert lobster hunter and passionate kayak diver. He will show how to properly set up, launch, and return with all your gear. He is also President of Pompano Piranhas Swim Team, a USA Swimming Club Team that nurtures all swimmer from 5-18 years old. To be a good Free/Scuba Diver, Ray believes you need to be a good swimmer also. For more information on the Piranhas go to


AMT2 David Hetticher

David is a USCG MH-65C Helicopter Flight Mechanic. He is a Los Angeles local and has been stationed in Astoria Oregon, Los Angeles Califrnia, and currently in Miami Florida. He has responded to numerous distress calls ranging from overdue vessels, open water rescues, to critically injured divers requiring transfer to the hyperbaric chamber. He enjoys museums and spending quality time with his family. You might recognize him from his appearance on CSI Miami.

Elisa Buller

Elisa has been living and working on the water in various capacities, including as a scuba instructor and boat captain. A newly certified FII freediving instructor, Elisa has always loved being on and under the water. She has been teaching yoga in Fort Lauderdale for 4 years, and naturally when the SUP yoga craze started, Elisa was one of the first instructors in the area. She sees SUP yoga as a fun way to practice outside, get fresh air, have fun with friends, and get a great workout!


Forrest Simon-Darias

Forrest is a freedive safety advocate, SPRINGfest creator, and horseman by trade. Forrest is a purist and lifelong user of the Hawaiian sling. Through his course, Forrest is on a personal crusade to empower the spearing world with the knowledge and remarkable capabilities of the sling. Forrest will be presenting "The Art of Slinging" -- a workshop on primitive slinging in the Caribbean/South Florida, including a tribute to those who pioneered its existence.

Jim Mathie

Jim, also known as "Chiefy", is a retired Division Chief with Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue. He is an avid diver and underwater hunter for more than 30 years. He authored Catching the Bug, The Comprehensive Guide to Catching the Florida Spiny Lobster and more recently Catching the Spear-it! The ABC’s of Spearfishing. Chiefy has been written about in the Sun-Sentinel newspaper and featuredon the Paul and Young Ron Morning Radio Show. He will be sharing how to Find, Catch and Eat Florida lobster.