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#VB2017 – Vertical Blue 2017 Kicks Off Today

Today, Deans Blue Hole in the Bahamas sees nearly 40 world-class athletes from 15 different countries to compete in the 10th edition of Suunto Vertical Blue — the world’s deepest freedive challenge.

This elite depth-competition is the premier sporting event of the year for the world’s most talented competitive freedivers – the Wimbledon of Freediving”  and with the two deepest, self-propelled freedivers ever in history, going head-to-head in this competition this is sure to be an epic event.

Freediving fans can watch the record-breaking battles among the world’s most talented athletes, who are literally pushing the limits on what was once thought impossible for the human body to do.

Comprised of three depth disciplines: Constant Weight (CWT), Constant No-Fins (CNF) and Free Immersion (FIM) this AIDA judged competition offers competitors six official dives to challenge themselves to obtain the coveted Vertical Blue Championship title. Performances will be filmed on the surface and at depth to give the viewer a first-hand perspective on how deep these dives really are.

Event organizer and Freediving Superstar William Trubridge had this to say to

This year is an AIDA World Champs year, and I’m wary of not peaking too early in the season so that I am in good shape for that event in August. So, I’m treating VB2017 a bit like a warm-up event this year, and not giving myself overly lofty goals.  However, I still want to perform well and be competitive against the other top freedivers who are here! I’ll be targeting the overall prize, which means I will have to do well across all three disciplines. I’m looking forward to seeing what the other divers are capable of as well, and I think it’s going to be a very exciting competition, with lots of different rivalries at play!

Stay tuned to for all the coverage and action from Vertical Blue 2017 and keep your eyes peeled on our dedicated coverage page (including all the previous years’ coverage) and on our Social Media.

Stephan Whelan
Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.