1996 – John Ernst (California)

John Ernst, from California, is the first and only American to win World Spearfishing Championship individual twice, both 2nd places in 1971 & 1983. He also holds 3 Worlds 2nd place team Championships in 1971, 1975, & 1983, and 2 Worlds 3rd place team Championships in 1963 & 1965. John won the Athlete of the Year Award twice, in 1963 and 1996. John Ernst won 14 US National Championship individuals, more than 3 times his closest competitors. He won 20 National 1st Team Championships. John’s reign started in 1964 and ended in 1996.

Representing the spearfishing community in the Rocky Mountain Region since 2008