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Monday, August 19, 2013

Videos short docs "William Trubridge - Freediver" by The Avant/Garde Dairies AND "Hectometer - World Record" by Matthew Brown (about William Trubridge's freedive to bring light to the plight of Hector's Dolphins of New Zealand)

Watch "Hectometer - World Record" - This is the visual poem of William Trubridge's world record freedive to 100 meters (one hectometer, basically one football field length and back) in order to bring light to the plight of the world's smallest cetacean, the Hector's Dolphin of New Zealand.

With one breath of air and diving without weights, fins or any propulsive assistance, William descended to 101 meters in the waters of Dean's Blue Hole, Bahamas, the deepest blue hole in the world.

 This short documentary of the record attempts to transmit what it is like to freedive deep beneath the surface, and how we can return to explore our potential as an aquatic mammal in the search to help our endangered cousins of the seas. Website and more Videos (Press Interviews)

Directed and Edited by Matthew Brown
Written and Produced by William Trubridge
Director of Photography - Matthew Brown

Short film "William Trubridge - Freediver" by The Avant/Garde Diaries 
Produced and directed by Kitty Bolhoefer and Fridolin Schoepper
Description of Freediver :

"When freediver William Trubridge prepares for another routine descent into the ocean riding only on a single breath - some nearly 400 feet down - his only immediate preparation is the cue to close his eyes and relax.

Any errant thought robs the body of valuable energy, as does any unnecessary movement or visual stimuli.

It’s no coincidence that this concentrated inner posture bears no small resemblance to the sensation of diving unencumbered and alone into the dark and mystical silence of the deep ocean.

It’s an experience completely foreign to those accustomed to scuba diving or snorkelling near the surface.

Just off the Honduran island of Roatán, The Avant/Garde Diaries joined William Trubridge on one of his dives, capturing the serene beauty of an activity with roots in Korea nearly seven thousand years ago.

Having himself only begun the activity ten years ago, Trubridge currently holds the world record for diving deepest, and he shows no sign of stopping."