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William Trubridge sets a new world record in CNF competition! - video

A living legend in the world of free diving – New Zealander William Trubridge set another World Record! This time with the result of 102 meters he improved his almost 6-year-old record in the CNF competition – Constant Weight Apnea Without Fins (red.), which was 101 meters. This incredible result, which is also Trubridge’s 18th
Published: July 21, 2016 - 13:59
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 13:43
William Trubridge sets a new world record in CNF competition! – video

A living legend in the world of free diving – New Zealander William Trubridge set another World Record! This time with the result of 102 meters he improved his almost 6-year-old record in the CNF competition – Constant Weight Apnea Without Fins (red.), which was 101 meters.

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This incredible result, which is also Trubridge’s 18th career World Record, was achieved at his favourite location, Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, during the Steinlager Sequel event.

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For the New Zealand-born athlete, this particular record had special significance. The first attempt took place in December 2014, but ended in failure when 20 metres before reaching the surface he fainted and had to be assisted by support divers. Before the next attempt, the interested party himself said so:

“I feel I owe this record to New Zealand and when I finally set it, it will be dedicated to all those watching this and waiting for me to succeed.”

Video footage of the successful attempt from start to finish and the setting of a new World Record can be found here. (Unfortunately, as the record is a very fresh case, the sponsor of the event – the Steinlager brewery – has not made the footage available for publication in other places than its fb profile).

In a TV studio in Auckland, New Zealand, William Trubridge’s parents Linda and David were watching the live broadcast. Like the rest of the freediving world, they were nervous and anxious to see if their youngest son would make it and add another trophy to his CV.

“Of course we were jumpy, mainly because of all the media hype that accompanied the event and which de facto made this trial much more difficult. In such conditions it’s hard to stay calm and relaxed, which is essential in this sport to achieve your goal. But if anyone can set this record, it is him”. – said the record holder’s father David Trubridge.

The entire attempt lasted 4 minutes and 14 seconds. Everything went according to the prescribed procedures and William Trubridge became the only man in the world to reach a depth of 102 metres in CNF competition.

Among others, AIDA President Carla Hanson, who also acted as arbitrator, was present when the new record was set.

Source: deeperblue.com, facebook.com/Steinlager

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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