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Freedive Paradise 2015 – Day One

Pu uhonua o Honaunau Bay is the perfect place to swim among ‘honu’ (turtles), feel the breeze under gently swaying palms and to host an international freediving competition. And yesterday 13 divers from China, Israel, Kuwait, Sweden and the United States offered their best at the idyllic Hawaiian location some folks refer to as “two-step.”  See the official results from Day One here below including a new national record by Jessea Lu of China:
freedive paradise day one results
The freediving event organized by Kurt Chambers and Mandy Sumner continues today and they could not be more excited.

It just blows my skirt up that all of my former students are participating in their first freedive comp, Freedive Paradise 2015!” shared Chambers.

And the duo have terrific support from a whole cast and crew of locals that they, especially Mandy, are grateful for.

Great job everyone! Thank you to the safety divers, judges, time keepers, captains, check in, boom operators and divers! Such a great first day.

Mandy and her brother Eben having fun pre-comp training
Mandy and her brother Eben having fun pre-comp training
Francesca Koe
Francesca Koehttps://www.deeperblue.com/
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 DeeperBlue.com. 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.