Touted as the expo “where ocean lovers come together for free diving, scuba diving, spearfishing, lobstering, paddleboarding, surfing, marine art, underwater photography & video, beach apparel and accessories, boats, kayaks, water toys and more,” this 10 year running expo is something every waterman should attend.

Island Water Sports was able to sit down with The Blue Wild’s founder, Sheri Daye to hear about the motivation behind this event.

The Blue Wild

Why did you start The Blue Wild?

Ten years ago Sheri was challenged to come up with a way to raise funding for her brother’s school, Twin Palms Center for the Disabled. She always loved the ocean, got into spearfishing and then hosted a popular show on the Outdoor channel for years. So a gathering and expo for spearfishers seemed like the perfect way to do something she loved and to also help a cause that was close to her heart.

More about Sheri Daye

Shery Daye The Blue Wild Expo

The Blue Wild Expo Founder Sheri Daye

Outdoor Channel describes Sheri to a tee.

“Intelligent, beautiful, articulate and amazing in the water, Sheri Daye brings an element of class to Speargun Hunter. Well respected throughout the world of diving, Sheri’s spearfishing skills, knowledge of marine life and her fearless nature have already created a solid fan base.”

According to Outdoor channel, Sheri is a girl of many talents. She is a IBM corporate executive, former ballerina, spearfisher, freediver, and bluewater hunter.

“Sheri Daye holds numerous world records, including a 179 pound tuna. She has won major tournaments, including Spearboard Open (over 240 contestants) and the 2006 Nationals Freedive Spearfishing Tournament women’s title.”

Fun for a good cause

According to Sheri, the first year went so well that everyone asked her to host it again. Ten years later it has grown exponentially and now includes all facets of ocean-loving activities. This year the event will continue to help Twin Plams but will also give back to the Wounded Warriors Project and St Jude’s Hospital.

What are some of the highlights of The Blue Wild Expo?

Enjoy vendor booths, seminars, hands-on workshops and more

Join in on their incredible big-ticket raffles, sit in on amazing seminars, and join in on hands-on workshops that include yoga, paddleboard fishing, and even cooking lessons. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Bring them to the kids corner to enjoy face painting, rock painting, fish printing, and crab races. They even have a chance to win their own prizes. Marine Art is also high on Sheri’s list of highlights. Exhibiting artists include Carey Chen, Don Ray, Randall Scott and a slew of national and local talent. Enjoy booths from larger vendors like Yeti and Contender Boats and meet local and national marine innovators.

How to enjoy The Blue Wild Expo

PLACE: Broward County Convention Center, Ft Lauderdale, Florida
DATE: Saturday April 22– 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday April 23 — 11:00 am to 7:00 pmView the Schedule
ENTRY: $20/day, children 12 or under are free
Includes entry to Blue Wild After Party & goodie bag (while supplies last)
CONTACT: Sheri [email protected]


Beneficiaries of The Blue Wild Expo

About Twin Palms Center for the disabled:

Located in beautiful Boca Raton, Florida, our facility has undergone major renovations since our opening. Twin Palms is open year-round, five days a week, with the exception of observed holidays. Upon arrival, clients are free to socialize with one another, and utilize the various amenities our facility has to offer. Onsite activities include: arts and crafts, gardening, dancing, acting, computer work, video games, and much more. Clients can also look forward to field trips to the local parks, the zoo, bowling allies, museums, and swimming facilities, just to name a few.

About The Wounded Warrior Project:

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.

About St Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.