This past weekend freedivers who indulge in thermoclines participated in the New Zealand depth nationals at idyllic Lake Taupo. A total of 16 hearty athletes immersed themselves in Oceania’s 2nd largest fresh-water lake and demonstrated some serious skill. As Taupo’s deepest point is 186 meters, it offered a good setting for former DYN world record holder Dave Mullins to showcase his depth abilities. Clean dives to 100m CWT and 80m FIM secured Mullins first place, with Ben Noble of Australia placing a strong second and fellow Kiwi Chris Marshall taking third overall for the men. For the women Tania Rounthwaite nabbed the gold, with French freediver Marine Pomarede coming in second. For complete results check out the LazySeals facebook page, and any DeeperBlue tweeps can follow updates on freediving activities from New Zealand at: @Lazyseals.
New Zealand Depth Nationals – Mullins Takes First Place
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.