22 Jul 2016

Trubridge breaks world free diving record

5:36 pm on 22 July 2016

New Zealand freediver William Trubridge has broken his own world record, successfully returning from a depth of 102 metres.

World champion & world record holding freediver William Trubridge.

World champion & world record holding freediver William Trubridge. Photo: Twitter: @Willtrubridge

It's his 18th world record.

Trubridge completed the dive in a total time of just over four minutes at Deans Blue Hole, on Long Island in the Bahamas.

Trubridge is first person to freedive to 102m in the discipline of constant no-fins (CNF).

Speaking with Morning Report, Trubridge said it was a relief, as well as a huge sense of elation to break the record.

He described it as a tough dive.

"With the pressure of a whole nation watching, I guess it helps on one side but it also adds to the pressure a little bit."

It took Trubridge around two minutes to reach the 102m mark, with the ascent taking around two minutes and 14 seconds.

He said weather conditions were almost perfect.

"It's not as dangerous as you would expect, especially when you have all the safety systems in place that we do.

"The fear is more about just not being successful really."

Trubridge said in the future, with more training, he hoped to be back to push the 102m mark a little further.

NZer Will Trubridge after a 120m Free Immersion dive at Vertical Blue 2014

NZer Will Trubridge after a 120m Free Immersion dive at Vertical Blue 2014 Photo: Daan Verhoeven

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