The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

William Trubridge breaks world record

Free Diver William Trubridge (Photo credit: Frances St Jean)

Free Diver William Trubridge (Photo credit: Frances St Jean)

With just a single breath, New Zealand free diver William Trubridge has successfully broken his own unassisted free dive world record of 101 metres. Diving at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas, the world’s deepest known salt water blue hole, William successfully reached a depth of 102m – comparable to about one third the height of Auckland’s Skytower – gathered a marker at the bottom and resurfaced without assistance. William is now the proud holder of an incredible 18 free diving world records, and continues to push the boundaries of what is possible for the human body.

Steinlager Pure partnered with TVNZ to broadcast the dive nationwide so that New Zealanders could watch one of the world’s top extreme athletes.

Trubridge said that knowing the dive was being broadcast back at home made him all the more determined to set this new record. After coming so close in 2014, he told New Zealand “I owe you a world record.” And he made good on his promise.

Michael Taylor from Steinlager Pure says, “Every time William dives, he shows us what the human body and spirit is capable of, and inspires us all to push beyond the limits of what seems possible.”

“By having the courage to defy the odds, Trubridge embodies the type of New Zealander that Steinlager supports. We are incredibly proud of his achievement.”