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Cuban Records Smashed by an Unassuming Champion – Rosibel Molina

With an ease that belies the strength and discipline needed to accomplish the record-setting dives she has achieved, Rosibel Molina takes you by surprise.  

Born in Cuba, Molina’s inaugural competitive event found her successfully ousting a previous record  belonging to fellow Cuban national, Deborah Andollo, for constant weight — while simultaneously setting a couple of new records in the disciplines of static apnea and constant no-fins (CNF).

On May 11th, 2010 using a mono-fin and mask at Performance Freediving International’s 5th annual Cayman competition, Rosibel Molina nabbed the title of Cuba’s deepest woman with a constant weight (CWT) dive to 66m / 216 ft. On May 12th she grabbed the new Cuban record for static apnea with a successful breath hold of six minutes and three seconds. To cap it all off, Molina completed a CNF dive to 36 meters, garnering her yet another national record.


Rosibel Molina Cuban National record, CWT from Performance Freediving on Vimeo.

A former PFI student and proud mother, Rosibel manifests a tremendous adaptation to competitive freediving. And it would seem that her lucky number is SIX – she chose 66m to win the CWT national title; she posted a clean static apnea for six+ minutes; a CNF dive ending in six; she took her first freediver course on the sixth day of the month in 2009, and her overall first-place winning score in the  “Déjà Blue 2010”  competition, of course ended with a six!

It remains to be seen how AIDA will handle Molina’s Cuban records, as there is no Cuban national arm of AIDA — but with residency in the U.S. and a flock of American supporters, it would not be a surprise if the natural talents of Rosibel Molina end up on team U.S.A.


Francesca Koe
Francesca Koe
An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.