William Trubridge: Freediver sets new world record

Diver William Trubridge has achieved his 16th world record.
Diver William Trubridge has achieved his 16th world record.

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William Trubridge dives to depth of 122m

New Zealander's dive took 4 min, 24 secs

16th time he has broken world record

CNN —  

Imagine holding your breath for four minutes and 24 seconds.

Now imagine diving deeper into the sea than the Statue of Liberty is tall.

That’s exactly what New Zealander William Trubridge did in the Bahamas Saturday, breaking his own world record in the process.

Trubridge plunged 122 meters into the depths of the ocean, surpassing his previous mark of 121 meters achieved in April 2011 and setting a world record for the 16th time in his career.

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Free immersion is a type of freediving which involves a diver using a length of rope during their dive.

“I had a beautiful descent, everything went well with the descent,” the 35-year-old said in a video posted to the Vertical Blue website.

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But it was during his return to the surface that Trubridge ran into difficulties, describing his ascent as “terrible.”

“At that point I was completely out of the headspace that I need to be in for a deep dive,” he explained.

“With my focus off, I was not in the right head space, not in the place I like to be, to complete my dive with ease or confidence. In fact, as I neared the surface I thought I might have a big blackout at the top.”

Luckily Trubridge emerged unscathed, and will attempt another world record on Tuesday.

It was a special occasion for the Trubridge family, with William’s father watching his son break a world record for the first time.

“We lived on the ocean on a yacht for 10 years, it was our home and for him the sea was his back garden, it was his playground,” David Trubridge reminisced.

“So it made sense for him to do this kind of thing.”