Deepsea School is pleased to announce that this year’s Bonaire Deepsea Challenge was a success on many levels. The eight days competition culminated in one world record, two continental records, seven national records, two Guinness records attempts and countless personal best dives. The competition was comprised of four freediving disciplines spanning 6 official diving days. The second annual competition took place just 500m from shore in beautiful blue and deep waters off of the Van Der Valk Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire.
In it’s infancy, the second annual competition was already attended by some of the world most elite athletes. This year the Challenge hosted three world record holders one of which is co-founder of the Deepsea Challenge, eleven times world record holder, Carlos Coste. The island of Bonaire beautifully received high level athletes from around the world providing them with all of the amenities of any major city including excellent grocery options, accommodations, rental cars, etc.
Record attempts were of considerable interest:
Guinness World Record Attempts
Marina Kazankova (Russia) – 154m swim in mermaid tail
Carlos Coste (Venezuela) – 177m swim
The swims were dedicated to conservation of Bonaire’s ocean.
Video Guinness promo in 360o Carlos and Marina Records
Other notable performances from the event
Jeanine Grasmeijer (Netherlands) broke the AIDA (International Association for the Development of Apnea) Free Immersion (FIM) record to -92meters, taking the record from the late Natalia Molchanova (Russia). This marks Grasmeijer’s second world record in the discipline.
Carlos Coste (Venezuela) – Constant No Fins (CNF) dive to -69meters.
Carolina Schrappe (Brazil) – Variable Weight (VWT) dive to -65meters. VWT means that Carol used a sled to drag her down to depth while ascending under her own power.
Alfredo Roen (Tenerife, Spain) – Constant Weight dive to 102meters, surpassing his own national record and so became the Winner of the competition.
Ashley Chapman (USA) – freediver, set two national records for the United States of 84 meters in constant weight and free Immersion winning the competition as the most complete athlete in 4 disciplines.
Alex Alvarado (Puerto Rico) – achieved three national records: Static Apnea, with 5 minutes 29 seconds under water; and 50 meters deep in free immersion and Constant weight.
Aurore Asso (France) – Constant No Fins (CNF) dive to -54meters, a new national record.
The Deepsea Challenge Bonaire 2016, an event organized by Gaby Contreras, wife and manager of Carlos Coste, had the support of a large group of private companies, which made possible the gathering in Bonaire of these world-class athletes and the coverage of important media.
Thanks to the sponsors: Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire @plazaresortbonaire, Sonrisa Hotel, @oriswatch @bonairetourism @turismobonaire @paditv, El Mundo Restaurant, @evolvefreediving, Aerotech OPS, It Rain Fishes, Bistro de Paris, Blue Garden Restaurant, Karel’s Beach Bar, Carib Inn, Bonaire Marine Center, Budget Bonaire, AMCAR, Giro Bank, MCB, Budget Marine, Gaia, STINAPA, Compass, Dive Friends, and Elios Sub.
This year Bonaire proved to be the imminent location for serious freediving. With deep blue waters, plenty of marine life, support from the island’s best businesses, and a beautiful community of people Bonaire is sure to host many more events such as this one. The Deepsea Challenge is poised to grow bigger and better looking into the coming years. Plans include more involvement for spectators and live video feeds of the event!
For more information
AIDA: The International Association for the Development of Apnea, AIDA, is the international sanctioning body for freediving, individual and team competitions, and freediving world record attempts
Freediving Disciplines Defined