Thursday, June 13, 2024

USA Women’s Spearfishing Team Starts Crowdfunding Campaign to Pay For Trip To 2023 World Championships


The USA Women’s Spearfishing Team have begun a crowdfunding campaign to compete in the 2023 CMAS World Spearfishing Championships.

The championship will take place September 7-10, 2023 in Laredo, Spain. In the inaugural Women’s World Spearfishing Championships held in Portugal in 2018, the USA Women’s Team were Champions. At the second event held in Italy in 2021, the team took 2nd Place.

International spearfishing competitions are extremely costly and time-consuming. Divers spend up to a month in a foreign country preparing for the competition and expenses add up quickly. Currently, the team’s most significant limitation is its budget. While other countries’ teams have financial support from their governments, US divers must pay their own expenses, so help from the spearfishing community is essential.

The team is comprised of:

* Julie Higgs (2-time individual USA National Champion & 7-time IUSA World Record holder)
* Nicole Burko (2nd Place Women’s Team 2021 Worlds & 2-time IUSA World Record holder)
* Rosibel Molina (2018 Women’s Team World Champion, USA National Individual Champion, & 6-time Cuban National freedive Champion)
* Raina Pasatiempo (new, up-and-coming spearfishing prodigy from Hawaii who is the first native-born Hawaiian ever on the Team).

Scott Turgeon (former USA Men’s Team World competitor & USA Men’s Individual & Team National Champion) is Team Captain and is organizing the crowdfunding campaign.

Contributions (tax-deductible in the USA) can be made on the team’s gofundme page here.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.