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Vertical Blue 2011 Athletes In-List

Long Island,  Bahamas — It’s official! The final list of athletes competing at William Trubridge’s fourth annual Vertical Blue Freediving Invitational has been set. The competition will take place between April 8-18, at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas.  (April 11th and 15th are scheduled to be rest days from the diving action.)

For the first time ever a balanced field of nine females and nine males will compete to take honors at Vertical Blue. A total of 14 nations will be represented at this year’s gathering of world record holders & national record holders with eight “new to Vertical Blue” contenders seeking to make their mark in freediving.

Stay tuned to Vertical Blue and their facebook page, as well as DeeperBlue, for all the event news and updates.   

V E R T I C A L   B L U E   2 0 1 1   A T H L E T E S  I N – L I S T

M E N                                              W O M E N
1. Simon Bennett             CHI          1. Macarena Benitez         CHI
2. Eric Fattah                   CAN         2. Carla-Sue Hanson         USA
3. Igor Liberti                  SUI          3. Misuzu Hirai                 JAP
4. Dave Mullins                NZL         4. Lena Jovanovic             SRB
5. Alfredo Roen                ESP         5. Junko Kitahama            JAP
6. Alfredo Romo               MEX         6. Megumi Matsumoto      JAP
7. Walter Steyn                AUS         7. Natalia Molchanova      RUS
8. William Trubridge         NZL          8. Niki Roderick               NZL
9. Jyri Vehmaskoski          FIN          9. Carolina Schrappe        BRA

VB 2011 Invitational

Photo courtesy of Paolo Paoli

Francesca Koe
Francesca Koe
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 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.