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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-01-2008, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Spey-O-Rama 2008 More pictures

This and the following posts will have a bunch of pictures of the event.

Be sure and see the picture of the hula-dancing casters!

Somehow I missed the ambience of the event—the crowds for the finals, the vendors, the general busy yet very fun atmosphere, etc. But at least I caught the awards!

If you haven't attended, if you can and the event continues in the future, you should make plans for 2009. Since the pictures don't adequately describe the event, I'll reiterate what others such as Kristin Torda have said already: The spey community is so friendly and fun, and the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club puts on a top-notch event!

Thanks again to the GGACC for putting on a great and very fun event. Thanks this year especially to Donna O'Sullivan, who was in charge of preparations. But I know many people were involved--Nelson, Kazu, John and John, Bob, Frank, and many others who should also be commended.

For those whose names I've failed to include here, please forgive me; I have trouble with names except for those with whom I have the most contact.

Thanks also to the vendors for adding so much to the event, plus the other sponsors who contributed food etc.

Thanks to all the attendees, and casters, especially those who travel far to attend—your presence is what makes the event so fun. SOR's international flavor is a great blessing.

Thanks to Whitney Gould for practicing with us, and Brian Styskal for joining us and teaching, at home and at SOR.

Special thanks to Kerry Burkheimer and Steve Godshall with Gary Anderson, who provided rods for my kids to use at the event. And finally, a thanks to Al Buhr who again was very generous with his time to fit in with the limited practice time we had prior to SOR. It is the support of all of you, and the warmth of the spey community in general, who keep Roman and Olga involved in this sport.

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The trophies:


Some general pictures












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This is indicative of how friendly this event is. Here are the 5 female competitors, from California, Oregon, Washington, and Japan, sitting together at the edge of the casting pond, enjoying the event and sharing practice time.


The Female Competitors


Whitney and Olga demonstrating their form, to the great amusement of the others?








(Olga gets 2 pictures since she's my daughter, and there were more to choose from)




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My son, Roman



The finalists!
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The Luau dancers












The dancing casters! More were welcome, but this group was willing...
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for the great photos Bill! Looks like a great event and some nice weather to boot. I'm glad I got the chance to see Roman & Olga during one of their final tune up sessions a couple weeks ago...great job!
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The award winners!
Womens' winner Takako Inouye with her fellow casters from Japan. A happy/proud and fun group, to be sure...




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The Top 3 ladies
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The Top 3 men


The Top Japanese caster, Shinobu Inouye
(I hope I got that name right?)
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Thanks, Cphatts. It was nice running into you, too. We are going to try and keep practicing there occasionally, and maybe get in the river, too. Hope to run into you there again, or I'll see you at the Sandy?
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Great Photos, Bill. Thanks for sharing. Next year I am going!
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Nice!

Great pictures! I hope to make it down there next year! This year I'll be going to the Sandy again though... can't wait!
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