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Old 08-27-2008, 11:15 AM
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FIT Divers and Trainers (http://divefit.com/) had the Gulfstream Free Diving Competition over the last four days. It was a real intriguing experience including competition over several forms of free diving or disciplines. Niki Roderick and Martin Stepanek of FIT created this first time ever event. Disciplines included Constant Weight miles offshore in several hundred feet of water, Static and Dynamic Apnea (apnea = breath holding) in the pool. The competitors including a range of athletes with strengths in varying areas. A new national record was set by Niki for Constant Weight descent to 55 m (181 ft. deep)with no fins. Jared also made it to 58 m (191 ft.)Constant Weight (with fins) yesterday.


The free floating free diving setup with weighted descent lines and even an automatic diver retrieval system in case of emergency. Technical SCUBA divers were deployed to various depths along the descent for the competitors. Safety free divers also meet and escort competitors to the surface at pre-established depths. Should the competitor black out or show signs, there are multiple provisions and personal in place to manage the situation including an EMT.



Martin just starting his warmup. We go through a series of preliminary descents to activate the mammalian dive response to depress heart rates and improve breathhold efficiency.




Competitors and safeties performing static apnea or breathholding in the pool. The techniques for the various disciplines share training aspects and benefits in both competitive free diving as well as recreational diving.




Jared, a former Navy SEAL coming up after his first dynamic apnea dive, ever, I'm told. He made it 109 m (359 ft. horiziontally) in the 50 m pool if memory serves. Tony his safety diver is just behind him.




Martin eases up past Niki. Martin is a nine time world record holder in various free diving disciplines. Martin (CZ Free Diving Team), Niki (NZ Free Diving Team) and Jared (on the U.S. Free Diving Team) just left today for Egypt for a major international free diving competition.




I think this is Todd on final ascent. There were a ton of volunteers required to pull this event off. Lots of technical safety divers equipped with lift bags (no aero-embolism for free divers to worry about), still and video cameramen, safety divers, boat crew, etc..




Todd again with a moon jelly. It really is blue out there in the Deep Blue.



More to come, have a ton of video clips to edit as well.
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Old 08-28-2008, 10:25 PM
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Just had a question about vacation prospects in the Western Bahamas and in Florida. Sent the following out then it occurred to me it might help some folks visiting here. Should be in the "Link Of The Day" oh well. There is a great deal more than this on this site as well about these and many other areas.



Kiting Hope Town, Great Guana Cay, etc. (also the lower Keys)
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=6089

Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos (never been myself)
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=6342



Sailing the Sea of Abaco
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=1354



Another island a couple of hundred miles to the SSE of the Abacos
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=5986

Nassau
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=4147




Bimini
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=542&highlight=bimini
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=7162&highlight=bimini



Exumas
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?p=37126#post37126




and around Florida:

Key West
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=468
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=3670



Lower Keys
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=6089&page=10



Islamorada
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=362

Miami
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=3519
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=568



Jupiter
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=3121

St. Augustine
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=830



Tampa
http://fksa.org/showthread.php?t=977

The top three stickies have good info on Florida launches at:
http://fksa.org/forumdisplay.php?f=89

and many more areas on this site!
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:11 PM
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Tripp Hobbs SUP - Pass-A-Grille


Tripp Hobbs SUP - Pass-A-Grille


Matt Sexton SUP - Pass-A-Grille



Billy Bosch of the UF Kite Club - Pass-A-Grille Tube


Tripp Hobbs Strapless Kiteloop
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:48 AM
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Thanks for putting up the intriguing shots Matt! I understand they were taken by CJ as well. Nice session and great photography!
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yea the two colored sup and surf shots were cj's the others were wells prestons, gulf coast really does get waves! ........but for now we're heading east
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:02 PM
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From: http://journals.aol.com/photographyd/AOLPHOTOTALK/

It's a little off topic, but what the hell, I would love to fly something like this someday.
And, doing it over the Swiss Alps, amazing. Yves Rossy of Switzerland just tooled
across the English Channel in 10 minutes with one of these jet propelled wings.

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Default But can he do a loop?

Absolutely amazing. The guy is a 49 y.o. airline pilot from Switzerland. I wonder if the orders have started to pile up. I wonder if he'll figure out how to use it without the jump plane. BASE jumpers must be salivating right now.

I found a new item for my Bucket List.

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Old 09-26-2008, 06:55 PM
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It is the stuff of dreams Frank, or nightmares depending on how things go. Maybe he'll do all the critical T and E for us. Here is some more ...


The clip of the crossing of the English Channel


Just step up and slide in


Will it work, strips paint great!


Free fall


It's a race


Winning



Photos from: From: http://fotogaleri.samanyoluhaber.com/galeri/946/4



Touch down
From: http://www.impactlab.com/2007/04/28/...he-flying-man/


Kinda reminds me of a movie... Who remembers this one? Not bad for a Disney flick either.

From: http://makeitsomarketing.tripod.com/...pic_id=1085512
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There was an hour long special on last night at 11pm on the NGC channel showing his flight from Calais to Dover.
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I'm sure the military has already got plans for it's use. And it would give suicide bombing a whole new perspective. As if they needed any more ideas.

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