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Roatan Freediving Performances

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[West Bay, Roatan] Thanks to the efforts of local dive instructor Esteban Darhanpe, Roatan will be hosting 6 days of freediving performances by freediving world record holder William Trubridge from February 20th to the 25th. William Trubridge is a world champion and double world record holding freediver from New Zealand, and will also be sharing his knowledge and offering training during the week. Trubridge currently holds the world record in the Free Immersion and the Constant Weight without fins disciplines, and is the first human ever to break the 100m barrier unassisted.

Roatan's West Bay is slated for some of the exhibitions because of its deep water so close to shore. Esteban is hoping these performances will generate new interest in freediving in Roatan and is organizing the Caribbean Cup Freediving Competition in Roatan currently slated for June 2012 in West Bay. Key members of the International Association for the Development of Apnea (AIDA - www.aidainternational.org) will be in attendance this week to consider Roatan as a location for future freediving competitions including the world championship.

On 18 January 2011, Trubridge won the World's Absolute Freediver Award WAFA naming him best all around freediver, with the highest combined score in six freediving disciplines: static apnea, dynamic apnea with fins, dynamic apnea without fins pool disciplines, constant weight apnea with fins, constant weight without fins, and free immersion depth disciplines. Trubridge is an Apnea Academy instructor and he currently operates a freediving school and annual competition both called Vertical Blue (www.verticalblue.net) at Dean's Blue Hole in Long Island, Bahamas from September-May . During the summer he teaches courses in Europe and trains at Tenerife Top Training Center.

Trubridge will be accompanied by his wife, Brittany, who is a yoga teacher and is currently developing a specific yoga course for freediving. Britta will be offering sessions during the week.
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