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Combat-wounded veteran anglers celebrated at 2021 War Heroes on Water sportfishing tournament awards ceremony

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Oct. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- One by one, WHOW Tournament Founder and loanDepot Founder and CEO Anthony Hsieh personally sent off each of the 38 participating WHOW yachts from his dock in preparation for the 2021 WHOW Tournament. And, as the tournament concluded, once again, one by one, he personally saluted each yacht and its team, this time from the water, as he charged alongside the plus-mile-long yacht formation in his boat's skiff, thanking everyone for their dedication and support.
Combat-wounded veteran anglers celebrated at 2021 War Heroes on Water sportfishing tournament awards ceremony
"As I see the smiles on all of our veterans' faces, I am simply overcome with emotion. What an incredible year; what an incredible event," he shared across his loudspeaker. The event's annual flyover, a fan favorite, would be delayed due to storm conditions, causing the teams to disperse, with a nearly one-third of the fleet lining up once again, this time to bring in their tournament qualifying catch to be weighed on the city of Avalon's iconic green pleasure pier. For the next three hours, tourists, Avalon locals, and WHOW veterans and crews laughed, cheered and celebrated as 12 yachts brought forth 21 bluefin tuna from their holdsa??eight of which weighed more than 200 poundsa??and the largest weighing in at 245 lbs. Excited onlookers shouted weight estimates as Tournament Director Rod Halperin manned the storied fish scale.A  "What an event," he exclaimed. "More than two tons of fisha??that's plus-4,000 lbs.a??made it to the tournament qualifying weight score sheets. The teams ran hard and worked hard, and, in the end, we caught a lot of fish in this tournament. And, to get a qualifier and get to take a picture with the board and the team on this pier, well that's the holy grail."
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