When a 60 Minutes correspondent recently asked famed free diver, William Trubridge, why he loves participating in something that can be so uncomfortable, dangerous and often pain-inducing, Turbridge’s response was very Zen-like. “The pain, it doesn’t have to be present,” Turbridge said. During the show, the 32 year-old New Zealand native and world record free diver talked about what it’s like crossing over to the ominous deepness of the sea, with only his mammalian lungs to support him.
No matter how many precautions are taken, diving down – sometimes past 100 meters – without a breathing apparatus is probably one of the most direct ways to test your ability at transcending fear and going beyond what was once thought possible. It’s also a testament to the will of the free divers because the further they go, the longer they know it will take for them to surface. If they go to far, they can pay the ultimate price.
Free diving isn’t for the faint of heart, or lung for that matter. But that doesn’t stop thousands across the globe from pushing themselves to their absolute breaking points simply to go deeper, and deeper still. Trubridge, and viral video sensation, Guillaume Nery, are the closest approximations to “stars” in the sport of free diving. In January of 2011, Trubridge won the World’s Absolute Freediving Award (WAFA) for the highest combined scored in 6 different freediving categories. He’s also a 15-time world record holder and Apnea Academy Instructor who operates a training school and competition called Vertical Blue, located in Long Island, Bahamas.
Trubridge, and others like him, are incredibly passionate about the sport of free diving. They are Adrenalists through and through.