The inaugural Bristol Blue Freediving Competition took place on November 27th at Horfield Leisure Centre. The event was covered ‘live’ on Facebook by PADI, one of the event’s sponsors. Kayleigh Relf from PADI EMEA gave a rundown of the day’s events and explained the 3 disciplines to any viewers new to the sport.  Facebook’s technology now enables everyone to watch performances as they happen, and hopefully, this is the future of professional freediving coverage.

Thirty-five athletes entered, representing 10 different nationalities and clubs from all over the UK. Eleven athletes were competing for the first time ever, a healthy sign of growth in the sport.

Bristol Blue Freediving Competition 2016
Bristol Blue Freediving Competition 2016

The day kicked off with Static Apnea (STA), with loads of performances over 5 minutes.

STA Results
STA Results

Adam Drzazga held his breath for 6:38 min. Adam told presenter Kayleigh that he deals with contractions by thinking about happy things, like playing with his son. If you’re stuck in your static training, why don’t you give his technique a go?

Alice Hickson put in a strong performance with 6:36 min.

Bristol Blue Freediving Competition 2016
Bristol Blue Freediving Competition 2016

Dynamic (DYN) and Dynamic No Fins (DNF) Results were as follow:

Men's DNF and DYN Results
Men’s DNF and DYN Results
Women's DNF and DYN Results
Women’s DNF and DYN Results

Final Standings

Final Results
Final Results

Prizes went to the top 3 athletes in the disciplines, best newbie, runner-up and overall winner.

Bristol Blue Freediving Competition 2016
Bristol Blue Freediving Competition 2016

Women’s Top Three

  1. Alice Hickson
  2. Rose Van Gowler
  3. Shirley Turner

Best newbie: Kate Leney

Men’s Top Three

  1. Adam Drzazga
  2. Constantin Timosca
  3. Phillip Fennell

Best newbie: Dave McGowan

Congratulations to everyone who took part and to the organizers, judges and safety divers for pulling off an impressive first event.

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