Face of the Day


Through this man New Zealand leads the world with another world record, but it is unlikely you know why.

Kiwi freediver William Trubridge has broken his own world record by descending to a depth of 122 metres (400ft) at the Vertical Blue event in the Bahamas.

It’s the 16th world record that Trubridge has broken in his career.

And the 35-year-old’s dive at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas just shades his former record, which stood at 121m.

Trubridge failed at the same record attempt in March, after suffering a bout of illness.

The Dean’s Blue Hole location is known to be the deepest salt water blue hole in the world.

Trubridge, while delighted with the result, revealed that his ascent back to the surface from the deep, dark depths of the North Atlantic Ocean was ‘terrible’ and it left him fearing that he might black out.

“I’m very happy with the result,” Trubridge told deeperblue.com. “But the ascent from that dive was terrible. At the bottom I was fumbling with where to place the tag on my leg, and eventually had to start upwards with my tag in my hand.

“A few seconds into my ascent I knew I could not hold that tag in my hand and so I spent a few more seconds trying to place it securely.

“With my focus off, I was not in the right head space, not in the place I like to be, to complete my dive with ease or confidence, in fact as I neared the surface I thought I might have a big black out at the top.”

Thankfully, Trubridge surfaced safe and sound in the knowledge that he’d pulled off another world record breaking attempt.

The actual stresses and pressures that are on the body at those depths are close to insane. And he needs to get down there just using the resources his own body provides.

And then, you haven’t won, unless you also get back. Alive.



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  • Cadwallader

    What a brave guy! To think that yesterday the departure of an autocue reader was focussed on while this largely unknown NZ’er was achieving not only a world record but also a feat requiring courage, strength and fitness. It puts into perspective the over stated importance of the msm and its “personalities.” Good luck to Mr Trubridge!

  • Dumrse

    That deserves respect. I cant even get a hook, line and sinker that deep and it doesn’t need oxygen.

  • Dan

    This would have to be up there are the world’s scariest sport. I cannot imagine the level of training and mental toughness required to even get down to 40m, the rec limit for us scuba divers.

    Well done that man!

    • Davo42

      Diver Dan, if you get the chance do a No Bubbles free dive course – it will change your life. They teach you how to be relaxed and calm with yoga and a bit of meditation, and once you have mastered the complete breath you will excel. I started on scuba, but now for me free diving is much less stressful than tanking it.

  • Damon Mudgway

    The mental stamina just to sink oneself into the deep dark abyss is incredible, let alone the physical prowess. An incredible, focused and goal driven man. Total respect to you Mr Trubridge.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    He is a fish in disguise.
    I saw an interview with him a few years back, amazing self discipline
    He ought to have a chat to some of the alleged homeless about self discipline and motivation

    • Mark

      I too saw an interview with him & his GF,incredible athlete who is very in tune mentally & with his body.

  • AF

    First up what an amazing feat. However (without detracting from his achievement whatsoever) there must come a point where we say enough is enough. The human body can only endure so much and my fear is we encourage/glorify more death defying feats such as deeper free dives or wing suiting through smaller and smaller gaps or jumping larger gaps between buildings etc where the risk of losing one’s life increases exponentially and outweighs any perceived “benefits”. I wouldn’t want to see anyone inadvertently kill themselves in pursuit of an increasingly harder record. But my personal concerns aside, an amazing feat nonetheless and a true athlete.

  • Keyser Soze

    I can’t help but wonder why someone would do a sport where each time you compete there is a decent chance you’re not going to live. It seems the longer an individual competes in the sport it comes just a matter of time they will die as a result. I guess that’s why Trubridge is a world beater and I’m happily average!

  • Jman

    An incredible feat. Interestingly enough, 122m is almost exactly 400 feet. In the cult classic free diving movie The Big Blue, the depth which the protaganists are attempting to get to is 400 feet. Even though the movie is based on a true story, it inaccurately depicts the diver succesfully getting there. Pretty awesome that now Truebridge has managed to achieve this in reality.

  • AL357

    I find myself holding my breath when I read water related articles like this!! I’m scared that I am the one about to black out or drown.