06 December 2010

AUTHENTIC MARINE MAMMAL

Freediving World Record - 88m without fins from william trubridge on Vimeo.

New Zealand freediving champion William Trubridge set a new world record two years ago in the Constant Weight without fins discipline. He's broken his own sequential records ever since and will be trying to best his own record again (of 95 meters/ 312 feet) in a blue hole in the Bahamas in a few days time.

What I like best about this video is the way you can see the moment when his buoyancy flips from positive to negative and he no longer has to kick to descend. On the other hand, he then has to frog-kick hard for most of the way up before he can simply float to ascend.

In his own words:

I have a relationship with the depths
they beckon me beyond my means
cold dark vacant pressure
forever night, endless dreams




(William Trubridge freediving at Dean's Blue Hole, the Bahamas.)
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