2000 – Dennis Haussler (California)

Born and raised in Redwood City CA, introduced to the ocean at an early age. Trips on grandads salmon boat, tide pools, fishing, hunting, I was an outdoors kid.
My aunt introduced me to diving at age 11 while on her club dive to Monterey. I still remember Putting on someones wetsuit top and my blue jeans, and floating around in the beach wash, mesmerized at the movement and patterns I was experiencing.
I got certified a couple of years later, and spent a decade diving with tank for fun, fish and game, and freediving for abalone on the CA coast.
After spearing fish on tank in my mid 20’s, I was introduced to freediving and competition. My first tournament I got my ass handed to me, to be expected, but decided if these guys could do it, I could.
Competition accomplishments below:
US mens national champion
Represented USA in worlds 2004 Chile, 6 place team finish, top diver on US team.
PCC champion 1999 and ???
IBSRC world cup international champion 1999 and 2000
Created and ran the World Cup Bluewater Invitational for 6 yrs
Currently Director of spearing for USOA
Father to Stella and Willem, who own my heart.
Love to hunt ducks!!!

SpearBlog: Dennis Haussler

Representing the spearfishing community in the Rocky Mountain Region since 2008