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:

team russia-5322 team russia-5968

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

team japan-3383 team japan-5209

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:

junebug IMG_7863

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

russian turn

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

tomo turn

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

russian shorts IMG_7645

the reactions to which were mostly summarised by this

reaction to shorts IMG_7767

Best pyjamas were worn by Jesper

team danmark-6966

best swim cap was by Goran

team croatia-4952

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

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

static tomoka-3816

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

team uk-4903

some even have the action figure suit:

team usa-5545

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

team danmark-6843

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:

team usa-5695

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:

team usa-5703

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

radek-5920

or this lady

umberto IMG_7874

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

tomoka-3198

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Depth is a journey

1st January 2014

Happy new year, i hope 2014 brings you interesting and beautiful trips

depth is a journey, not a destination

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picture of the week: Tomoka contemplates the surface

21st October 2013

 

This might be my picture of the year -i can’t ask to get more lucky than this. It is Tomoka Fukuda being her usual ridiculously graceful self. It was on a day when there was a sort of cloud of hazy visibility at the surface, but below 12 meters everything was clear, so i asked her to go down to just below the cloud and hang there, make the most of the combination of diffused light and clarity. She did the rest.

tomoka contemplates the surface III wq

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