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Encounters: Celebrate, American-Style
REEF's lionfish derbies target the invasive species, where divers compete for prizes while helping to control the population.
Anyone who’s ever gotten his hands on a diver propulsion vehicle has felt the rush of that extra kick of speed thrusting him through the water.
“You see guys who’ve been diving 40 years come out of the water screaming like schoolgirls,” says Joe Weatherby, co-founder of the Wreck Racing League. “For cruising around at a blistering 3 to 4 miles per hour, you can’t believe how much fun it is.”
The league organizes the annual Weeki Wachee Warrior Challenge at the Florida springhead to honor wounded veterans. The event is staged in Weeki Wachee’s famed mermaid arena, so spectators can watch the underwater action (and hear it too — an underwater announcer calls the action, play by play). Bring your own scooter and you’ll be entered into a competitive category based on the power of your machine to race around the circular “track.” Plan to settle in for a weekend of topside fun too, with live music and parties rounding things out.
When to Go Sept. 20 to 22, at Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida (wreckracingleague.com).
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