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Grace Capel’s Freediving Challenge

One hundred feet is a touch over 30 metres deep. It’s really not that long ago that the UK Women’s Constant Weight record hadn’t yet reached this figure. So when a newbie student comes along and announces that she has set a challenge to dive to this depth, then it is absolutely nothing less. It really is a challenge.

Stepping up ( or down ) to the plate is Grace Capel. She will attempt this challenge on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. To donate to this worthy cause, then visit www.justgiving.com/Grace-Capel .

Grace will be keeping us up-to-date via her blog, and there is a feed from this into our own website – just glance over to the right of the page and you should find it.

Great Northern UK freediving Champs 2011

This year’s Great Northern Freediving competition saw many successes from London Freediving athletes, almost too many in fact for a normal news update so I’ve listed them instead. In no particular order congratulations to:

  • Liv Phillips who came achieved Gold and also pocketed a new National Record in the dynamic no fins discipline with a fantastic 111m dive.
  • Georgie Miller who won Silver
  • Tim Money who despite having been training for a marathon in the run up this year pulled off a bronze medal performance – “who says aerobic fitness isnt good for freediving?” – not Tim clearly.
  • Gary, Mark, Edd and Nick who completed the team effort with some excellent performances. Particularly well done to Nick and Mark who debut with 2 white cards each and Gary who achieved an excellent static time under tricky conditions to come third amongst the men in that discipline.

The competition ended with a bang again when Dave King extended his own National Record in dynamic apnea to a staggering 226 m. All in all a very successful competition and we look forward to being back in Liverpool in 2012.

Thanks to Steve Millard and his crew for organising another great event.

BIG SURPRISES AT THE WORLD’S ABSOLUTE FREEDIVER AWARDS 2010

Lyon, France: Today, January 18th, the freediving portal APNEA.cz announced the results of the annual award for the best and the most complete breath-hold divers. The top names of 2010 will surprise insiders and fans. Many will wonder why Herbert Nitsch, Natalia Molchanova, Martin Stepanek, Stephane Misfud, and other big names are missing on this list.

The complete results can be found at http://apnea.cz/?awards

The organization and net publication Freediving.biz has interviewed the top 5 winners:
http://www.freediving.biz/features/award2010.html

The biggest surprise is the absence of Natalia Molchanova on the top ten list (she ranked 11th). Natalia is a famous Russian freediver who broke 29 world records, and has been at the top since 2003. Until now, with two small exceptions, she was always ranked the first. And not only that – mostly she used to have better results than the best male freediver! So what happened? Did she lose her skill? No, it is not the case – she focused on setting another two new world records in 2010, and helped the Russian team to gain a silver medal on the AIDA Team Freediving World Championship in July. In 2010, she simply competed in only three of the six freediving disciplines in 2010, and this handicap was too high.

The absence of Molchanova allowed some other unexpected results. Liv Philip (UK), who won the top award this year, is an experienced freediver with a huge collection of gold medals from many competitions, and was on the top ten list already several times. Still, her victory is unforeseen, since she did not rank at the top of any individual discipline. Instead, she had excellent and balanced overall results.

The second rank of Rosibel Molina (Cuba) is a real bolt from the blue. She is a complete newcomer, and only participated in a single competition (PFI Déjà Blue on Cayman Islands). The third female rank belongs to the Swede Klara Hansson (5th in 2009).

And although the first place of William Trubridge among men was expected by all, it is also surprising, because he not only won the award despite competing only in five of the six disciplines in 2010, but he also broke the all-time highest score of Natalia Molchanova. Danish freedivers confirmed their qualities: Niels-Jakob Hansen on the second, and Rune Hallum Sørensen on the third rank.

The World’s Absolute Freediver Award (WAFA) is an annual prize for freedivers with the highest combined score in six freediving disciplines: static apnea, dynamic apnea with fins, dynamic apnea without fins (pool disciplines), constant weight with fins, constant weight without fins, and free immersion (depth disciplines).

Apnea.cz is a popular freediving website, maintaining the database of freediving competitions of all coexisting freediving federations.