Wood is a beautiful, yet challenging material to work with. Fluctuation in temperature and humidity combined with underwater use can make wood swell and contract. With over 40 years of building spearguns using various types of wood, we've got the wood speargun manufacturing process down. When you purchase a RIFFE speargun, you can rest assured knowing it is built to withstand years of spearfishing adventures. We love hearing from those who purchased spearguns from Jay when he was building them decades ago in his garage and are still in use today. Quality and Performance - It's the RIFFE way.
At ten years of age, JAY RIFFE started spearfishing off the Southern California Coast with a hand spear. At fifteen he was spearfishing competitively, and by age twenty-two became the Pacific Coast Champion. Jay then placed in the Nationals, landing a spot on the World Spearfishing Team. Later, he set three World Records… all with his own handcrafted wooden spearguns.
Early on, Jay recognized a need for spearguns that were silent, powerful, accurate, and highly maneuverable. Harnessing his professional machine tool engineering with his passion for spearfishing he created ergonomically designed, handcrafted teak wood and metal spearguns of unsurpassed quality and optimum performance.
Fast forward to 2020 and RIFFE INTERNATIONAL, INC. is still family owned and operated and has earned the reputation for building durable, accurate wood spearguns for the Silent Hunter. Currently, RIFFE is proud to offer their customers, not only the most reliable speargun, but a variety of diving accessories suitable for novice and experienced freedivers, spearfisherman, and divers alike. Our goal is to continue producing high quality products for the diving and spearfishing enthusiast.
In Jay’s days of participating in spearfishing competitions, he eventually felt sorrow by the amount of fish that were taken, both large and small. Jay recognized the devastating effects. There would be none left for the future generations. This shaped his vision to adopt the practice of taking only what is needed for consumption.
“All divers should protect the waters they swim and hunt in, ensuring future divers the experience and excitement of freediving that I’ve had over the past seventy years. I strive to produce high quality, spearfishing and diving equipment capable of handling any condition. Selective Divers set their sights on those few prize fish for consumption. Be Selective, Fish for the Future.” Founder / President / Spearo – Jay Riffe