It was a hobby that got out of hand

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That’s how founder Kim Johns (aka Captain Kujo) describes the genesis of his company, UnderSea Industrial Apparel (USIA).

It all started back in the eighties, when Captain Kujo was but a young, adventurous soul looking for ways to feed his inner adrenaline monster. A small dive shop owner, his passions included scuba diving, hunting, fishing, boating, and more. It was all a part of a lifestyle that personified the phrase, “Work hard and play harder.”

It was live fast and die hard as the thrill seeking began hitting new peaks when Captain Kujo began to notice a frustrating trend: his equipment just didn’t hold up to his demanding way of life. Dry suits were leaking and falling apart, tote bags were inadequate and flimsy—everything was getting soaked. There had to be a better way. Never one to back down from a challenge, Kujo decided to take it upon himself to make better, more durable gear.

That’s when USIA was born.

It was a perfect scenario: he could test his own suits in real world situations, exposing them to the harsh, cold waters of the Northern Pacific Ocean. Then he could bring the results back to the factory to design and implement improvements and new innovations. To keep warm in the frigid sea, Kujo developed a whole line of thermal undergarments to wear inside his suits. And to solve the problem of all of his essential gear getting soaked all the time, he made a series of waterproof bags, many of which can be submerged to over 100 feet.

Cult Status

Recently, Kujo has taken his incredibly durable products to the consumer market with USIA Waders, which are gaining cult status as some of the best waders a sportsman can buy. Over the years of this constant real world quality control, Captain Kujo has developed USIA into an industry leader. The USIA headquarters and manufacturing facility are located in a state-of-the-art compound in Oregon. The facility includes administrative offices, shipping, production area, testing and quality assurance department, research and development department and training compound.

Field Testing

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USIA dry suits and thermal wear protective undergarments are the result of extensive design

and development. Captain Kujo and the USIA dive team have conducted hundreds of dives in every kind of environment and under extreme conditions. Almost every branch of the U.S. Military have purchased USIA dry suits, and most of these groups have re-ordered our products due to the in

tegrity of the dry suit systems and the durability of the suit and undergarment. The Military Defense Division of USIA is a leading innovator of surface and diving dry suits, waterproof weapons bags, waterproof backpack, and thermal protection undergarments. USIA’s customers include the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Department of Homeland Security. USIA holds a GSA contract and also sells to numerous foreign agencies.

USIA is a proud equipment supplier to Public Safety Dive teams and Swift Water Rescue teams from around the world. These agencies also protect their life support equipment by utilizing USIA’s vast line of waterproof bags. USIA is also one of the fastest growing manufacturers of Tactical gun bags, slings, and vests for dozens of SWAT teams in North America.

These days, Captain Kujo is still an avid fisherman, still dives (holding a PADI Master Dive Instructor Certificate) and is a US Department of Interior Motorboat Operator Instructor plus a US Coast Guard licensed inland master/operator of uninspected watercraft for over 20 yrs. with more than 1000 documentable hours in the North Pacific and over 100 Columbia Bar crossings. For Captain Kujo, truly, USIA is not just equipment, it’s a lifestyle.

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Know your chukker from your taco

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 Know your chukker from your taco.

Interested in Polo? Here are our top ten need to know’s about Argentinas most popular sport.

1. Taco: The taco pole is always in the right hand. Even left-handed players must comply with this rule. The block size (50 to 54 inches, about 1.30 m) is often proportional to the size of the horse.

2. Ball: The ball is white in wood or plastic and must weigh between 120 and 130 grams. Its diameter is from 76 to 89 mm.

3. Petisero: The person that takes care of the horses, the partner in everyday life, his trainer, and even his coach.

4. Tail: The tail of a horse polo is twisted, bent and tied, which prevents the hairs do not cling to the blocks of competitors.

5. Thirdman: The “third man” is the sole arbiter as to not be on horseback. Therefore, it is out of bounds.

6. Court: A polo field is 270 meters long and 145 meters. It is the largest sports stadium that can hold about five football fields.

7. Chukker: The Chukker is a period of a game (7 minutes). A game of polo has a minimum of four and a maximum of eight chukkers.

8. Players: A polo team consists of four players: number one is the attacker, the attacking midfielder number 2, number 3 and number 4 pivot defender or back.

9. Golden goal: When in some games, the two teams are tied, one additional chukker is played. The first team that scores a goal, wins and the game is over.

10. “Li-nea!” you often hear cries, this is the basic rule of polo. When a player hits the ball, the imaginary line that was created between him and the ball is yours. There is a formal prohibition (foul) for the opponent to cut the line. The corridor created by the line between the two players is impenetrable.

7 Exciting Reasons To Visit Argentina

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There’s just something about Argentina. Some say it’s the beautiful people, some claim it’s their powerful and artistic historical background; while others simply blame the staple Dulce de Leche. Argentina is a unique, fun, and incredibly diverse country that will make anyone want to become a permanent resident after visiting.

1. It’s (Relatively) Cheap: Most people choose Argentina as a relaxing destination because the cost of lodging is considerably lower than other South American countries. The peso, (the local currency), is very kind on tourists’ pockets. The conversion rate is definitely on your side!

2. The Culture Is Rich: Messi’s homeland is full of cities where European-styled architectural sites cohabit with modern buildings. Each province has its own distinct musical style. Tango is only one of many traditional dances you can learn to blend in and have fun!

3.The people: Asides from their mad skills on the soccer field, Argentines are also known for being passionate, friendly, and open-minded. International musicians record their live concerts in Argentina because their crowds are very animated and exciting.

4. The Food: Argentine dishes are mostly natural and home-made. An Argentine table will always be loud, happy, and full of people and food. The traditional “Asado” is a slow-cooked barbecue with the best quality meat. There’s a reason why they’re internationally known!

5. Weather: Argentina’s diverse weather is perfect for the pickiest of tourists. The North is a great option to relax during the summer. The far south of the county, also known as “Patagonia” is a great area to visit during the winter. You can practice snowboarding in the resorts of El Calafate, or watch the natural paradise that is the Perito Moreno Glacier.

6: The Natural Beauty: You’ll find majestic sceneries all over the country. From the Cerro de los siete colores in Jujuy, the Iguazu Falls in Misiones, to the Glaciers in Patagonia, Argentina is exquisite, and offers many different climates within the same country.

7. Paperwork: Argentina’s migration policies are not particularly strict and most European travelers, including those from the UK, can enter the country and stay for up to 90 days without a visa. US travelers don’t need a visa either, but they must pay a “reciprocity fee” of USD 160 online that will be valid for 10 years. Citizens of China and most Asian countries do need a visa that must be requested in advance to the Argentine consulate in their country. It’s possible to request the form online and pay around USD 100 fee in advance. All that’s required for a tourist visa is a valid passport, a picture, a round trip ticket and proof that you can pay for your stay.

What Argentina Doves Taught Me About Wingshooting

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Although it might be a bit backward to make your first dove hunting trip a high-volume shoot in Argentina, there’s no question that this trial-by-fire provided me with a wealth of experience that might have otherwise taken years to acquire.

Here’s a few lessons I learned that could save you some shells this season.

 

Adjust Your Lead Until They Drop

Although I’d never hunted doves before, I was aware of how difficult these speedy little birds can be to hit. For years I’d read about how hunters might expend 3-5 shotshells for each dove bagged, and this stuck with me.

With my first several (and then some) shots, I was actually leading them too much. This is unusual, as most misses are generally behind the bird. At first, I believed that I too was shooting behind, so I increased my leads. Obviously this didn’t help.

When the other shooter in my blind started to connect with regularity, I had to see what he was doing. I crouched down behind him and stared over his shoulder and down his shotgun barrel as he shot. To my amazement, he was giving the birds only about 18-24 inches of lead.

Each shot will be different depending upon flight angle, speed, and range, but the lesson is to not keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. These birds may not need as much lead as you think, so if lengthening your lead isn’t working, try shortening it. If you’re still missing, ask a friend who’s doing better to try to quantify the necessary lead, or request to look over their shoulder as they shoot a passing bird.

 

Don’t Forget to Follow Through

The follow through, or lack thereof, is another factor that causes a lot of misses. If you stop your swing as soon as you slap the trigger, perhaps to take aim at a second bird, you’ll greatly shorten the lead and usually miss.

It’s imperative to continue a nice smooth swing, at the same speed as the bird, until after the bird has either crumpled or continued on. If you fold it cleanly, there will often be time for a shot at another bird.

Although there are different shooting techniques that can be used for doves, the most popular is the sustained lead. This simply involves establishing and then maintaining what you think is the proper lead, pulling the trigger, and then following-through by maintaining the lead after the shot.

 

Pick a Bird, Any Bird

As tempting as it can be, especially in a situation where a large flock of birds is in range, shooting at the flock as a whole will invariably just result in misses. No matter how many birds are above, there’s still a lot more empty air up there than feathers. Instead, pick out a single bird as your target. Doing so will result in far more accidental doubles than flock shooting.

 

Select Your Shots

When there are few birds around, you may have to take all shots as they come, including the most difficult ones, or ones that are giving you trouble. Whether it’s a high crosser, a low head-on, or something in between, we all have our weaknesses, and they can vary by the day.

When there are lots of birds in the area, however, you may have the luxury of choosing just those tough shots, in order to finally get the hang of them. But if they continue to frustrate you, don’t dwell on these misses, and instead focus on the shots that you’re more comfortable with. After all, birds in the hand are the goal, and you can work on your shooting at the skeet range.

My mixed-bag wing shooting trip was arranged by the Outdoor Vibe. To call it extraordinary would be an understatement. If you’re an avid wingshooter, you owe it to yourself to sample what Argentina has to offer.