6 Jun 2012

William Trubridge sweeps freediving awards

3:31 pm on 6 June 2012

The New Zealand freediver William Trubridge has again won the annual World Absolute Freediver Award for the best and most complete competitor, as well as securing the international male category for his country.

Competitive freediving is an underwater sport where the athletes compete in time, distance, or depth, on a single breath.

The WAFA is an annual prize for freedivers with the highest combined score in six freediving disciplines: static apnea, dynamic apnea with fins, dynamic apnea without fins (pool disciplines), constant weight with fins, constant weight without fins, and free immersion (depth disciplines)

Trubridge not only repeated his success from 2010 but he also managed a personal best in 2011, becoming the first man in history to break the milestone of 600 points, scoring 607.7 (over 65 more than in 2010).

Danish freedivers Rune Hallum Sørensen and Jesper Stechmann were second and third.

The Czech Republic's Alena Zabloudilová won both the women's categories.