Top Ten Finalist – Juanma Lopez

Today marks the sixth announcement of Blue Season Bali’s top ten finalists into The Best Dive Job in the World 2012 scuba diving internship competition. We are really getting close to the top ten now…..keep up the hard work!

Today’s announcement confirms Juanma Lopez as a finalist in this year’s competition. You can show Juanma your support by clicking here and leaving a comment on his entry. Congratulations, Juanma, for making it into the Top Ten of The Best Dive Job in the World 2012. You have done a great job and we wish you the best of success as the competition moves toward its inevitable close.

Like many of you, we had a quick email interview with Juanma:


What is the most amazing experience of your life?
It started when I boarded the plane for my 8 day all round trip to South Australia. With one final destination in mind, Neptune Islands.
After travelling half the world, 5 flights, 6 airports, 48 hours later, I finally got on the boat that would take me to meet her.

The boat had no sooner anchored when along came the hottest babe I’d ever set my eyes on…
She glided along, strong, powerful, full of confidence.
I couldn’t wait for a close-up encounter, to look into those piercing black eyes.

The location of our rendezvous was through the bars of a reinforced metal cage, 1 meter below the surface.
The first second she swam up close was electrifying!!! It was breath taking, pure adrenalin, big-league impressive, totally mind-blowing!!!!
I was blown away by her deadly smile!!!!
Tinker was her name, she was a 4,2 meter, 1,5 ton pure bred great white shark… awesome!!!

My date with her was undeniably the most amazing experience of my life.

If you are already a scuba diver, what is the best place you have ever dived, and why?
Sipadan, Borneo.
The perfect prototype of a paradise island & a real underwater orgy!!!

Turtles everywhere, white tips, leopard sharks, schools of bumphead parrot fish, napoleon fish, barracudas, bait balls, macro life and… the ‘Turtle Cavern’.
Truly overwhelming!!!!!!!!!

Somebody said once: ‘I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago. Now we have found an untouched piece of art.’
I totally agree with you Captain Cousteau… Hope it stays the same for future generations.

If you were stuck on an island for the rest of your life but could take only three things with you, what would they be?
1- Astronaut food, you know the type, lasts a life time, comes in air tight packets & with a whole variety of flavours (it’s making me feel hungry just thinking about it!!).

2- My surfboard of course, what a waste otherwise… stuck on an island, there’s bound to be waves, right?? & maybe later I could use it to paddle off to my next adventure.

3- My ipod with it’s seaweed powered rechargable battery (has anyone invented one of those yet???).

What do you feel is the most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans?
This one’s being the most difficult one for me.

The most pressing environmental issue threatening our oceans,
where to begin…

– Global warming & Climate change.
– Overfishing.
– Ocean acidification.
– Water pollution.
– Chemicals, Toxic waste and Heavy metals.
– Oil spills.
– Coral bleaching.

How could I possible choose just one????
They’re all as damaging, worrying & shameful as each other.

I’d like to believe we’re still on time…

What would you say is your most positive personal attribute?
My positive optimistic spirit: I walk through life with a smile on my face! I always see the glass half full, never half empty!

If you could improve one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My money making skills!!!!

And finally, you get a chance to ask me a question so make it a good one! (and no, I can’t tell you quite yet if you will win!)
Are cold chilled bintang beers included with lunch???

Only on days off Juanma….lol

Ok, so that’s it for today. Tomorrow I will announce the next top ten finalist. Stay tuned!!!!

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