Tuesday, February 23, 2010

so how deep is Lake Taupo?

NZ FreeDiving National Champs - Lake Taupo 2010

Three of the top freedivers in Australasia were competing in the Freediving National Champs in Taupo last weekend in attempt to see just how deep Lake Taupo is... Unfortunately we'll have to wait for the answer to that after horrific conditions lead to the organizers canceling it part way through due to strong gusts and large waves making it unsafe for the divers.

However we do know how deep the Taupo pool is after freedivers Jasmin Bastow (Australia), Walter Styen (Australia) and Kerian Hibbs (New Zealand) competed in the static and dynamic events over 13th-15th of February.

In the statics (longest breath hold, prone in the water) Walter took out the event with a time of 5 mins 50 sec, Kerian 2nd with 5mins 03 sec and Jasmine 3rd with 3min 37sec.

Sunday concluded the weekend with the second indoor pool event known as dynamics where athletes swim for distance underwater on a single breath. Jasmine was the star setting a new Australian womans record at 120m, Kerian did 150m and unfortunately Walter was awarded a red card. Kerian placed 2nd overall in the event, Walter won the International mens category and Jasmine took out the women's category.

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