Sunday, December 19, 2010

William Trubridge Breaks Own Freediving World Record

Freediver William Trubridge has set a after 95M new world record by diving 100m (328ft) below sea level on a single breath of air.

What makes him different to other divers who've reached 100m is that he did it using only his hands and feet to propel him down and up.

The record was set on Sunday in the Bahamas when William dived into Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island following his glow-in-the-dark descent line.

It took two attempts to secure the record (his 13th) and the 30-year-old attributes his success to using yoga techniques… and having a particularly heavy head.

Speaking of the dive Trubridge said: "It was one of the hardest dives I've done, in less than perfect conditions, but the hectometer has officially fallen.

"It has been a long road to this magical depth, and I could not have done it without the support of an incredible team."

The first person to reach 100m (also known as one hectometer) was Jacques Mayol in 1980 - but he did it with a weighted sled to descend and an inflated lift bag to get back up faster.

William Trubridge (born on May 24, 1980) is a New Zealand free-diver and a world record holder. Trubridge currently holds the world record in Constant Weight without fins discipline.

On 10 April 2009 during the Vertical Blue 2009 free-diving competition, Trubridge set the Constant Weight without fins world record with a depth of 88 m (288.71 ft) and a dive time of 3:30, breaking his previous record of 86 m (282.15 ft) set on the 10 April 2008. He broke his own record again on 3 December 2009 with a depth of 90 m (300 ft). On the 26 April 2010 he again broke his own record diving to 95 m in the Constant Weight without fins discipline. He bested this again on 14 December 2010, becoming the first person to reach 100m unassisted diving at Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas, where he teaches free-diving from November to May.

He previously held the world record in Free Immersion discipline with a depth of 108 m (354.33 ft) and a dive time of 3:51. Herbert Nitsch broke this record at Vertical Blue 2009

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