Wednesday, June 09, 2010

The Big Blue



I've been writing a lot lately so here's a mid-week interlude that's purely for entertainment. Props to Reed for sending this video that combines two of my favorite things: freediving and climbing. Also note that the camerawoman is also holding her breath. Both beautiful and impressive.

9 comments:

Reedster said...

It's a great video. I stole it from somewhere else and I've since seen it posted elsewhere. But that's fine because it's so cool.

Now I'm going to go practice my breath holding.

Steve Edwards said...

Though I see that it's fabricated but I really don't care because deep breathold dives are often boring to watch and this is rad (I was suspicious--or impressed--by his ability to do explosive moves while holding his breath for that long). Plus the guy is a world's champion (aren't they all) so I'm sure whatever he's doing is still damned impressive. You can watch him do record dives in the other vids, which are way less cool.

Micah said...

Yeah. I agree. The most artistic freediving demonstration I've yet to see.

William said...

agreed. this is badass. Beautiful combination of human achievement and artistic beauty

William said...

agreed. this is badass. Beautiful combination of human achievement and artistic beauty

Anonymous said...

-- well cool video, only problem is that as an avid diver, environmentalist and conservationist, he shouldn't be touching the sidewall at all. Need to leave the place the same way you find it :)

Other then that, cool video, but definitely not realistic.

Anonymous said...

Greetings Steve. I am a freediver looking to up his performance through sports training. Started P90X on Monday and the goal is 2 rounds and then P90X2. Excited to see how this will improve my performance. Any suggestions for training more specifically for freediving over and above these programs. Doing pool exercises and dynamic work in pools for example are still part of my routine. Suggestions of sports scientists I should be acquainted with?

LivingOnTheEdge said...

Hi Steve,

Can you speak about free dive training? Are there any scientific approaches to the physical systems of freedive training that I should read.

Many thanks,

Chris

Steve Edwards said...

I'm certainly not an authority of training for free diving. I do have a book that's quite good, the Manuel of Freediving. Basically all fitness training will help your capacity to hold your breath but you also must train for it specifically. There are many techniques for this, which you'll learn about quickly if you start poking around the net.

One HUGE piece of advice, that I got from Megan Hainey Grier, was never to breathhold train alone. People die from shallow water blackout all the time. You don't know when it's going to happen. So be very carefully training underwater near your limit!