The United States Apnea Association, USAA, has been asked by Asahi Television to field a team of US Freediving athletes to compete head to head with athletes from Japan in Tokyo, Japan to be aired by the network on November 16. Four male and one female athlete will compete in the discipline of Dynamic No Fins, DNF.
DNF is a challenge to swim as far as the athlete can on a single breath for distance in a pool without the aid of fins. The athletes use breaststroke while staying submerged throughout their performance. At the conclusion of their performance the athlete must surface and compete a surface protocol to show they are in control of their performance. The surface protocol must be completed in the first fifteen seconds after the athlete surfaces. The athlete is required to remove their facial equipment, signal okay and say, “I am okay.” within those fifteen seconds. AIDA Judges will be present to validate all performances.
US athletes will represent their country and US Freediving while competing head to head with their Japanese counterparts. Glen Garrett (Wy), Kevin Busscher (Hi), Deron Verbeck (Hi), Brett LaMaster (Hi), and Julie “Jewels” Russell (Az) will be traveling with Linden Wolbert and Grant W. Graves. Grant and Linden will be support staff for the event. Glen is the current US National Record holder in this discipline, Julie is the current US Record holder in Constant Weight No Fins, and Brett is the former world record and current US National record holder in Constant Weight. Kevin is the former US National record holder in this discipline. Deron is the current US National record holder in Free Immersion.
The US group departed Nov. 12 traveling to Tokyo. Training begins on November 13. The competition will be on November 16. Brett LaMaster remarked, “This is incredible to be able to travel to Japan to compete against our friends in Japan and represent the US and US Freediving. They have some really good athletes, this is going to be a good competition.”
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