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So excited to see Bob Croft being awarded the NOGI next year. So well deserved and a long time coming. Congrats Bob!
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Whoop!!! Our own Mandy Sumner just tied for a gold medal at the Depth Freediving World Championships in Cyprus in Constant Weight No Fins with a dive to 58 meters. She was awarded another dive after winning a protest related to errors in the organizations starting procedures that interfered with her dive. Gold for the USA!!!
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US Freediving elects new Board of Directors

US Freediving held Board of Directors elections in January. The new board consists of five members with extensive experience and lineage in national and international freediving. The team has conducted two board meetings since being elected.  

President elect is Grant W. Graves. Grant was formally the president for eight years and is one of the leading international freediving judges. Francesca Koe remains as Vice President. She is a freediving athlete and judge having participated in many national and international competitions.  Dor Croston is the Treasurer elect. She has been participating in competition organization for several years and most recently participated in media relations at Vertical Blue. Ted Hardy is Secretary elect. He is a long time US Freediving athlete and former national record holder. Ashley Chapman remains as the At-Large member. Ashley is a long time US Freediving athlete and multiple world and national record holder.  

Dor stated, "The sport of freediving attracts passionate and dedicated athletes; I’m confident that this board will represent them well and I am honored to be a part of it."

Ashley said, “The US Freediving has every opportunity through its new board to make US Freediving a more competitive, competent, and internationally recognized brand.”

Grant related, “I am very excited to be back on the board. It is very encouraging to have such a motivated team of people working to grow the sport and help bring such powerful backgrounds and skills to help with the effort.”

The US Freediving Board of Directors serves two-year terms.  They are responsible for all dealings of US Freediving both domestically and internationally along with fielding and selection of the US Freediving Team.

For more information about US Freediving please visit the website.    www.usfreediving.com.  Updates will be coming soon.

US Freediving is a non-profit association founded on a democratic representation of freediving within the United States and internationally.  Founded in 2003, US Freediving brought together a diverse group of 21 founding members, all interested in the development and growth of freediving.  In just six months, this highly dedicated group was able to create an association recognized as the voice of freediving in the United States by the international community.  The association has grown to over one hundred members with continued growth expected. 

The International Association for the Development of Apnea (AIDA) is the international sanctioning body for freediving, individual and team competition, and freediving world record attempts.  AIDA nationals are individual associations that represent freediving and AIDA in their country, similar to Olympic Organizing Committees.  For more information about AIDA check out http://www.aidainternational.org.
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Wishing Herbert continued improvement and a full recovery.
After weeks of silence on Herbert Nitsch's condition after being rushed to hospital for treatment once he surfaced from his Freediving World Record Attempt
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Mandy Sumner is Queen of the Deep at Triple Depth Freediving Competition.

Dahab, Egypt. Mandy Sumner of Hawaii has won gold at another international freediving competition.  Mandy won a gold medal at the world championships a month ago. Triple Depth is her third depth competition in that time. She won the overall title after finishing on top of all the three depth disciplines challenged by athletes over three days from October 5-7. Her gold at world championships was in Constant No Fins. 

Mandy is on a freediving odyssey that began with this year’s depth world championships in Cyprus a month ago. Her next stop was Kalamata, Greece, where she won dual silver medals during the Apnea Games. Triple Depth is her current international stop and her third set of medals. Mandy is relatively new to freediving and has made quick progress in her rise to being crowned World Champion. Clearly, she is not stopping there. 

Mandy said, "I'm really happy with my performances at Triple Depth as it’s my third competition in a month. The Blue Hole is an amazing place to dive and so beautiful. It's so peaceful sinking into the darker blue waters as you go past the Arch and I have had a great time with the organizers and all of the athletes. I’ve made some great new friends in this competition and I am very happy for all of their personal bests (PBs) and national records. I'm extremely happy with my new PB of 70m in Constant Weight! My training during the week I have been in Dahab has been unreal. I am finally seeing what my abilities are and I am very happy that these depths are happy easy dives so far. I'm looking forward to another two weeks of depth training and an instructor course before I go to my final depth competition of the year in La Paz, Mexico."

Triple Depth is an annual event that is hosted by Freedive Dahab at the Blue Hole of Dahab, Egypt. Triple Depth includes all three freediving depth disciplines (Constant Weight CWT, Constant No Fins CNF, Free Immersion FIM) crowning the best of depth; awarding the overall winner with the most points from all three performances. This year’s event featured athletes from thirteen different countries. 

The Blue Hole is a freediving and diving mecca for Europe and the region providing ideal conditions and easily reached depths perfect for supporting all aspects of freediving and scuba diving. The world famous “Arch” is part of the Blue Hole that leads to the sea at depth.

Constant No Fins (CNF) is one of the most difficult of competitive freediving disciplines, as it requires the athlete to swim to depth and back under their own power with no swimming aids while holding their breath. The athlete may only use arm and leg strokes to perform. The motion is a modified breaststroke style.

Constant Weight (CWT) challenges the athlete to swim to depth and back with the use of fins or a mono fin under their own power while holding their breath.  The athlete is not allowed to contact the competition line other than to recover their tag at depth while turning.  Upon reaching the surface the athlete must perform a surface protocol within fifteen seconds of their return to the surface.  Constant Weight is one of the most respected and contested disciplines in freediving.

Free Immersion (FIM) is the freediving discipline that requires the athlete to pull their way to depth and back using their hands to pull down and up the competition line while holding their breath. It is one of three recognized self-powered disciplines in the diving to depth arena. The other two are constant weight and constant weight without fins.  Both require the athlete to swim to depth and return under their own power.  

USA Freediving is a non-profit association founded on a democratic representation of freediving within the United States and internationally. Founded in 2003, USA Freediving brought together a diverse group of 21 founding members, all interested in the development and growth of freediving. In just six months, this highly dedicated group was able to create an association recognized as the voice of freediving in the United States by the international community. The association has grown to over one hundred members with continued growth expected. http://www.usafreediving.com  

The International Association for the Development of Freediving, AIDA, is the international sanctioning body for freediving, individual and team competition, and freediving world record attempts. For more information about AIDA please visit http://www.aidainternational.org. 
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      Mandy Sumner Wins Gold at Freediving World Championships.

Limassol, Cyprus. USA Freediving is pleased to announce that Mandy Sumner of Hawaii has won gold in the Constant No Fins discipline at the 2015 Freediving Depth World Championships in Limassol, Cyprus. Free2Dive Freediving School and AIDA Cyprus are hosting this year’s World Championships. Mandy performed a dive to fifty-eight meters / 190 feet tying the performance of Sayuri Kinoshita of Japan. This is the USA’s first gold medal in a Freediving Depth World Championships.

Mandy began her dive at 8:10am local time. Her dive took two minutes and twenty-seven seconds to complete the round trip. She retrieved a bottom tag at the baseplate at her announced depth of fifty-eight meters and began her return trip to the surface. Upon returning to the surface, she completed the necessary surface protocol and was awarded a white card by the judges validating her performance. Today’s dive beat her personal best by three meters / ten feet.

Mandy said, “I only began trying Constant No Fins five months ago. The conditions were perfect today, just like Hawaii. I am a bit tired, but this is my personal best so it is to be expected. I want to congratulate my fellow winner Sayuri of Japan for her strong dive as well.”

Constant No Fins (CNF) is one of the most difficult of competitive freediving disciplines, as it requires the athlete to swim to depth and back under their own power with no swimming aids while holding their breath. The athlete may only use arm and leg strokes to perform. The motion is a modified breaststroke style.

USA Freediving is a non-profit association founded on a democratic representation of freediving within the United States and internationally. Founded in 2003, USA Freediving brought together a diverse group of 21 founding members, all interested in the development and growth of freediving. In just six months, this highly dedicated group was able to create an association recognized as the voice of freediving in the United States by the international community. The association has grown to over one hundred members with continued growth expected. http://www.usafreediving.com 

For more information about the Freediving Depth World Championships go to http://www.sportalsub.net/en/2015-aida-apnea-depth-world-championship-limassol-cyprus/  
The International Association for the Development of Freediving, AIDA, is the international sanctioning body for freediving, individual and team competition, and freediving world record attempts. For more information about AIDA please visit http://www.aidainternational.org

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Hullverson Breaks USA Men’s Freediving Record at World Championships.

Belgrade, Serbia. John Hullverson, of Tiburon, California, broke his own USA Men’s National Freediving Record in the freediving discipline of Dynamic No Fins with a swim of 150 meters / 492 feet on a single breath. John added eight meters / twenty-six feet on to his previous record of 142 meters / 466 feet, set in 2014 on the island of Grand Cayman, BWI.. John’s swim took place during the AIDA Pool Freediving World Championships as an opener during the event finals.

John’s performance took two minutes and forty-two seconds. He is competing along with 122 of the world’s top freedivers at World Championships, as the sole US athlete, being held at the Milan Gale Muškatirović Sport Center in Belgrade, June 19-28. Individuals from 22 countries are contesting the three pool freediving disciplines of Dynamic Apnea (DYN), Dynamic Apnea without Fins (DNF), and Static Apnea (STA) over the nine-day event. Athletes from many countries have set national records.

Belgrade has experienced an unseasonable cold spell and pool temperatures at the outdoor 50 x 25 meter pool were a chilly 69F degrees, prompting complaints from a number of athletes. Said John of the conditions for his record setting swim, “It was cold and rainy all day yesterday, so we expected the pool to be cold today, but it wasn’t that bad about 22C/71F. I tried not to let it bother me and just wanted to go out and do my dive.”

This was John’s second attempt this week at bettering his previous national record. He swam 150 meters / 492 feet on, June 21, the first day of the competition, his birthday, but suffered a red card-disqualification after he was unable to successfully perform the required surface protocol after surfacing from his dive. John said, “It would have been really neat to break the record on my birthday and as a present to my Dad on Father’s Day, but it wasn’t to be. The good that came out of it though was that I now knew I could do that distance and today I got the chance to prove it.  I’m very happy.”

John achieved a six minute thirty-one second breath hold in the Static Apnea discipline on June 23. The World Championships concludes with the final event and closing ceremonies on June 27." 

Dynamic No Fins (DNF) is performed by swimming without fins in a pool with the athlete holding their breath swimming as far as they can.  Distance is measured with the use of a metered tape measure. 

Static Apnea (STA) tests the athlete’s ability to hold their breath for time.  The athlete lays face down in the shallow end of a pool with a coach providing for safety signaling and timing.  Upon surfacing at the conclusion of their performance the athlete must perform a surface protocol by removing their facial equipment, signaling okay and saying, I am okay, to demonstrate he or she is in control of his or her performance.

USA Freediving is a non-profit association founded on a democratic representation of freediving within the United States and internationally. Founded in 2003, US Freediving brought together a diverse group of 21 founding members, all interested in the development and growth of freediving. In just six months, this highly dedicated group was able to create an association recognized as the voice of freediving in the United States by the international community. The association has grown to over one hundred members with continued growth expected. http://www.usfreediving.org 

The International Association for the Development of Apnea (AIDA) is the international sanctioning body for freediving, individual and team competition, and freediving world record attempts. AIDA nationals are individual associations that represent freediving and AIDA in their country, similar to Olympic Organizing Committees. For more information about AIDA check out http://www.aidainternational.org.
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Researchers are looking for volunteer freedivers the week before worlds in Nice.  
University Professors and researchers Frédéric Lemaître and Fabrice Joulia are looking for volunteers the week before the AIDA world championship for a
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