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10th Edition of “Wimbledon of Freediving” – Vertical Blue 2018 – Starts Today

With Wimbledon tennis just coming off our TV screens, our attention is taken straight to Deans Blue Hole in the Bahamas where the 10th edition of the elite freediving competition OriginECN Vertical Blue is kicking off today.

Dubbed the “Wimbledon of Freediving” and sponsored this year by OriginECN, the competition sees 46 contenders from 23 different nations as they push the limits of the human spirit & physiology as far as they can go when they dive (without tanks) into one of the deepest blue holes in the world.

As if to prove the superhumans who are competing, we understand there will be no less than 7 World Record attempts during the event.  Looking at the day 1 line up we see 12 National Record attempts and Jessea Lu (China) will be the first to attempt a World Record in Free Immersion (FIM).

OriginECN Vertical Blue 2018 - Start List Day 1
OriginECN Vertical Blue 2018 – Start List Day 1

The competition will be live-streamed by the underwater drone Diveye and broadcast via the Vertical Blue Facebook Page and across social media with the hashtag #VB2018.

Stay tuned to as we bring you coverage from the event.

Feature photo by Daan Verhoeven

Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.