Saturday, May 25, 2024

Ashley Futral Chapman

If you find yourself in earshot of Ashley you will quickly learn that she has two passions; traveling the world with her family aboard their sailboat, Jade, and freediving. Freediving took Ashley by storm in 2008 when she decided to participate in the PFI Intermediate course in the Cayman Islands. The only goal in mind, to reach 100' she exceeded her expectations by maxing out the course at 132'. Intoxicated by the rush of success she has gone on to complete the PFI Instructor program. She is now an independent PFI Instructor and president of Evolve Freediving, teaching freediving courses in Wilmington, NC. Ashley is a 3x world record and 14x national record holder in freediving.

In Pictures: Behind The Scenes – 2017 Caribbean Cup and AIDA World Championships In Roatan

We take you behind the scenes of the 2017 Caribbean Cup and AIDA World Championships in Roatan.

All Kids Welcome At The Caribbean Cup!

Take 17 local kids, educate them about Freediving and make them feel like superheroes - the 1st Annual Caribbean Cup Junior is born!

AIDA Individual World Championships 2017 in Roatan Might Just Prove Bigger is Better

Competitor and Writer Ashley Futral Chapman kicks off our coverage of this years Caribbean Cup & 2017 AIDA Individual World Championships in Roatan

Deepsea Challenge 2016: Days 5, 6 and Closing Ceremonies

Because it is obvious that if the pressure is not on, the athletes will not respond.  The last day of depth in a freediving competition is usually marked by...

In Pictures: Deepsea Challenge 2016 – The Rest Day

What do freedivers do when they have a day off from the freediving competition?  Uh, they freedive some more!  Enjoy a few pictures from the Deepsea Challenge crew's trip...

Deepsea Challenge 2016 Day 4: Raining Depth and Just Raining

Nothing kills your drive to dive like a cutting wind and some nice cold rain trickling down your back before the wetsuit goes on to insulate the cold, fresh...

Deepsea Challenge 2016: Day 3 and The Dutch-ess of Freediving

Well, this is likely the most exciting post of this year's Deepsea Challenge in beautiful Bonaire.  I don't say that lightly as there are still two depth days, one...

Deepsea Challenge 2016: Variable Weight, Statics, Depth…Oh My!

This is my family's first time to Bonaire and it won't be our last.  Not as long as the dynamic duo Carlos and Gaby Coste continue hosting the Deepsea...

Caribbean Cup 2016: A Photo Journey

In a final wrap up of our Caribbean Cup 2016 coverage, I present another opportunity to enjoy the beautiful photos of the Caribbean Cup by Alex St. Jean and...

Caribbean Cup Day 5: The Battle Is Not Just Among The Divers

It's hard to say that a freediving day boasting four national records was uneventful but the tone has changed here at the 2016 Caribbean Cup.  There were less spectators...

Caribbean Cup Day 4: One Down, Two To Go

With half of the 2016 Caribbean Cup behind us and day four under the bridge it's time to start talking strategy.  The ladies are looking tight with Sophia Gomez-Uribe...

In Pictures: Caribbean Cup – A Day Of Rest

After three days of intense competition at the 2016 Caribbean Cup in Roatan, the athletes are enjoying a much deserved rest day, especially after day three's lionfish cook-off party. You can...

Caribbean Cup Day 3: Ahhh….Half Way Point

The mood was light, and much more playful than usual, on day three of the Caribbean Cup competition.  With a party scheduled and a "rest day" lined up for...

Caribbean Cup Day 2: Redemption Day

If the word of the day was "anxious" on day one, day two was summarized by "redemption".  Davide Carrera of Italy shook off the monkeys and saddled back up...

Impressive First Day As Caribbean Cup 2016 Gets Underway

What other freediving competition starts with a booty shaking challenge from the island’s native Garifuna population?  What other freediving competition boasts athletes haughty enough to wholly accept the challenge? ...