The best of AIDA Team World Championships #atwc2014

1st October 2014

Right, so the Russians won, as expected. I mean, they were wearing golden suits, so it was a foregone conclusion:

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and the Japanese were wearing silver suits, so guess where they ended?

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So let’s get to the less obvious categories, like best T-shirt. I thought it was a shoe-in for this dude:

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but then June-bug’s shirt is one i’ve loved for years:

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now best turn was an interesting one, for there was this rather splendid example by a Russian guy

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but then Tomoka had this oddly beautiful style, kinda poetry-in-motion, or Haiku-in-motion, in her case

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Best shorts were undoubtedly the Russian’s, who took ‘shorts’ quite literally -almost too literally

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the reactions to which were mostly summarised by this

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Best pyjamas were worn by Jesper

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best swim cap was by Goran

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or maybe that was just ‘most unexpectedly pink’ swim cap.  Goran -who knew?

Onwards to most inexplicable position during static, which was definitely Tomoka:

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Ok, i know i take a lot of pictures of the Japanese girls, but can you blame me? They are spectacular; fantastic athletes, and when you ask them to play, they do this:

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And really, the freediving men just give me a complex. They’re all shaped like action figures

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some even have the action figure suit:

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amongst these depressingly well-build action figures, my new favourite is Stig Pryds

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He’s so cool i suggest we change the surface protocol from “I am ok” to “I am Stig Pryds”. He also has ‘best tattoos’.

Most chill pre-dive judging position? Ute. You can tell it’s near the end of the day:

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As a photographer, i’ve also added the category ‘best positioning’, as most freedivers tend to completely ignore my silent pleas to face the sun. Ashleigh was a very pleasant exception to this rule:

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Of course, at an Italian competition, you have to pay tribute to Umberto. Best one either goes to Radek

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or this lady

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But in the end, the best picture for me was the one that brought the biggest smile to my face

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ok, 1 more of a Japanese girl

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The Danish Depth Championships

2nd September 2014

Last week, i had the pleasure and honour to document Danes diving deep at their annual depth championships, this time held in Kalamata, Greece. The winner of the women was Dena Parsa, who also set a national record Free Immersion with 61 meters:

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and the winner of the men was my friend Jesper Stechmann, who broke the record for Constant weight no fins:

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The comp had a great ambiance and it was good to see old friends and meet new ones. When i started freediving the Danes were the best ones out there, especially in the pool, and it was nice to see some of the old still being on top/bottom and teaching the new. And i was glad they didn’t pick Sweden this year, for the visibility most days was set to epic:

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Georgina Miller on form in Crete

6th July 2014

 

In Crete last month, the UK static record holder Georgina Miller broke her own record of 6 minutes 20 by 7 seconds. I got to stand by her side and say stuff like “come on”, which she said helped:

And if that wasn’t enough, she also won silver in the depth competition with these three beautiful dives, which i got to film:

Plus she did a perfect tag grab on her no fins dive, which was one of my favourite pictures of the comp

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Competition day 3, 4 and static

20th June 2014

The water’s so clear here in Crete that there’s barely a point for me as a photographer to go deep -you can get overview shots at 10 meters, like this one of Monika, who did a national record Free Immersion for Poland

monika-3813so i’d almost forgotten what a bottom plate looks like, but lucky for me a lot of divers decided to do no fin dives the last few days, so i got re-acquainted with it

bottomplate-3924and i was fortunate enough to capture a perfect tag grab

george bw-4144Of course there was also silliness, perhaps most from Judge Jakob

jakob-4015and this comp wouldn’t be complete without Do doing something inexplicable -i think here she’s doing reiki on the comp line

do-2749Tim might have done something perfect

tim-4290But the highlight for me was that after 2 years of accidents, nerves, bad timing and worse luck, my girl Georgina finally managed to break her own record static today:

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Second day of the 7th mediterranean Freediving world cup

16th June 2014

Beautiful dives again today -and a turtle! Only caught that one on video -poor battery on the main camera died of sheer exhaustion.

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 18.10.52Other prizes, almost as good, went to Yaron for best post-dive expression

yaron-3123Most inexplicable body position is a toss-up between Kimmo

kimmo-2812and Do

do-2808Coolest mono fin went to Aristididididis

aristidis-2921Best blue went to the sea

blue-2950But the real comp today was for best Jesus. I’ve narrowed it down to 3, so it’s up to you to decide. There was Chris:

chris-2799Do:

aristidis-2924and Cesar:

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First day of the 7th mediterranean Freediving world cup

15th June 2014

I’m a firm believer in lots of prizes at competitions, so here are the ones from the first day. Best nerves before the dive went to cool newbie Monika, who then also won most relieved smile after her dive:

monika-2562best random pointing went to judge Kimmo

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Quikest dive while blocking yourself with your palms went to Yaron:

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Best Jesus went to Aurora:

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Aris got the ‘managed to look bigger than the boat’ prize:

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Nicholas had the most definite ‘those are my fins’ award:

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Do won most inexplicable position:

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But the picture of the day goes to Chris:

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Golden men and a bronze girl

25th October 2013

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