William Trubridge of New Zealand descends during the Suunto
free diving world cup. Photo by Getty
A world champion New Zealand freediver who narrowly
missed the world record for the deepest dive says he wants to
make another attempt next year.
William Trubridge, of Hawke's Bay, blacked out during an
attempt at a world record-matching 126-metre dive in the
Bahamas last week.
His attempt immediately followed Russian Alexey Molchanov,
who had just set the record for the constant weight dive.
"There was a lot of celebration going on [for Molchanov]
while I was trying to prepare,'' Trubridge said.
"I had to just block that out of my mind as much as
He said the first breath of air after a dive takes a few
seconds to be absorbed into the blood stream and pumped to
"In that interval your blood [pressure] is still dropping. I
was just a little bit too far over the edge,'' Trubridge
Blacking out disqualified his attempt.
Despite narrowly missing the record, he was crowned champion
of the 2012 Suunto Vertical Blue competition, where he broke
the national record with a 121m dive in the constant weight
category in Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island.
There were 56 athletes from 21 countries participating in
what is the largest freediving event of its kind, and
Trubridge's dive to 121m was on the penultimate day.
Each freediver accrued points for all their dives during the
10-day competition at what is the deepest known seawater blue
Afterwards Trubridge, who organised the event, said: "I'm a
bit disappointed with my own performances but given the
enormity of Suunto Vertical Blue I can't be too disgruntled.
The results speak for themselves.
"We had the most performances of any depth competition ever,
and I've had more athletes tell me that this was the best
comp they've ever attended.''
Trubridge said he would train to attempt the world record
again at a competition in May.
He was the first man to break the 100m depth barrier
completely unassisted - without the use of fins, rope or
weights - in 2010.
He also holds the record for "free immersion", where divers
descend and ascend by pulling on a rope.
In 2011 and 2012 Trubridge received the World's Absolute
Freediving Award, which ranked him as the world's top