Friday, April 10, 2009

Rob King Captures Fourth US National Freediving Depth Record

Wow. Just, wow.

Rob King has done it yet again. He has set a fourth US national freediving depth record in the discipline of Variable Weight (VWT) to a depth of 85 meters (278 feet) on April 9, 2009, at Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas. Rob’s record occurred outside of competition at Vertical Blue as this discipline is not allowed during competitions. This discipline challenges the freediver to use weight or a sled to reach depth and then self power back to the surface. This performance surpasses the previous record of 65 meters set by Deron Verbeck in June of 2007.

Two AIDA International judges from the United States judged Rob’s performance. Grant Graves , USAA president, and Linden Wolbert, AIDA Judges, validated the performance as following all AIDA and USAA rules and regulations for a record performance.

Rob made the round trip in two minutes and twenty-eight seconds. Rob used the competition bottom plate to ride to depth as it was dropped from the surface to depth. Upon reaching depth, Rob hand pulled on the line to return to the surface. He provided a quick and easy surface protocol, where he proclaimed; “I like it this way, so much easier than swimming.”

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