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Georgina Miller & John Moorcroft set National Records at 6th BFA Great Northern Freediving Competition

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The Great Northern International and the BFA UK National Pool Championships never disappoints in terms of performance, and this year was no different.

Now in its 6th year, the event took place  last weekend at the Lifestyle Fitness Aquatic Centre in Liverpool, and certainly lived up to the ‘International’ part of the title; fourteen countries were represented, with one athlete – Mandy Sumner from team USA – flying in from Hawaii the night before the competition!

Keeping to tradition, national records were set, this year two British, over the course of the weekend.  On day one, John Moorcroft, the first diver of the day, kick started the competition with a record in dynamic no fins of 176m, and on day two, Georgina Miller set her record in static with 6 minutes and 33 seconds.  John swam just over 7 lengths of a 25m pool on one breath with no fins, smashing his previous record of 167m, set at last year in the Manchester competition.  Georgina Miller’s previous record was 6 minutes and 27 seconds set in 2014 at the 7th Mediterranean Freediving World Cup, pushing it a further 6 seconds away.

The UK male winner was Dan Betts with three strong performances, white cards and big smile at the end: 115m DNF, 05:39 STA and 151 DYN. Coming in second for the Brits was Josh Walton of Bristol Freedivers, and in third Jason Kirkpatrick from the Glasgow Apneists UK group.  In first place for International male the Mighty Matej Bergoc, in second Stephan Heiss, and in third David Fournier.

Georgina Miller breaking the static record

Georgina Miller breaking the static record

The UK female winner was Beci Ryan with 135m DNF, 05:12 STA and 150 DYN, in second Georgina Miller, and in third Lucelle Simms.  And Masa Sorn of Slovenia, who trains with Apneists UK Yorkshire group, came in second place for International female with three strong performances across the board (104 DNF, 04:46 STA, 150 DYN).

The winners of the Newbie Awards were Jason Kirkpatrick (05:17 STA) and Alison Hicks (151 DYN), with already impressive big holds and swims and a lot of promise for the future.  Rumor has it that both athletes look set to join the UK Team at the Pool World Championships in Serbia.

The Great Northern is a competition that celebrates achievements across the board. It recognizes that freediving is not always about numbers and times but about personal achievements and obstacles overcome.  The sense of atmosphere at this year’s competition spoke volumes, with athletes from clubs all over the UK and indeed the world, coaching, congratulating and celebrating personal bests with genuine enthusiasm.

A full list of results can be found here.

The Great Northern International and the BFA UK National Pool Championships are organised by Steve Millard of www.freedivers.co.uk

Photos: George Stoyle

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And the winner of our Waterproof BODY 2X Power Stretch Hollow Fiber Undergarment competition is…

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We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who entered our competition to win a Waterproof BODY 2X Power Stretch Hollow Fiber Undergarment as a prize!

As usual, lots of you entered… but there can, of course, be only one winner!

And that winner is…

  • Megan Kinsey from the UK

Congratulations Megan – your prize will be on its way to you soon!

Not a winner this time? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other competitions running on Scubaverse.com right now. To see what other awesome prizes you could be in with a chance of winning, click here!

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Aqualung launches all new XSCAPE Collection featuring eco-responsible wetsuit

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Aqualung has announced the launch of its all new XSCAPE collection. Featuring a 100 percent neoprene-free wetsuit and a rash guard made from sustainable materials, the XSCAPE line is designed for a variety of water activities and reflects Aqualung’s commitment to innovation, ocean discovery and sustainability.

Made with Yulex® eco-friendly natural rubber and ultra-stretch fabric, the 4/3mm XSCAPE wetsuit provides enhanced comfort for diving in warm waters or above surface activities in colder temperatures, and can be used for scuba diving, snorkeling, freediving, paddling or a variety of other water sports. The flexible and lightweight XSCAPE wetsuit, available in a red and olive design for men and a tropical-inspired print for women, connects consumers to nature and the natural materials the collection is made from. The suit also features Powertex knee pads, recycled, quick-drying fleece around the torso area to provide additional warmth and comfort, and a reusable mesh bag for storage after use or collecting trash from the beach or water.

“The XSCAPE collection continues Aqualung’s legacy in innovation and their tireless work to create the most forward thinking and eco-conscious dive company in the world,” said Aqualung global ocean ambassador Philippe Cousteau Jr., the grandson of one of Aqualung’s original founders, Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. “We all have the power to change the world with the choices we make and the XSCAPE sets the new standard for wetsuits and rash guards that are stylish, functional and sustainable.”

The new collection’s long-sleeve rash guard for men and women, and matching women’s leggings, offer maximum comfort and breathability and can be used above or below the surface. All rash guards and leggings feature UV protection and are made with polyester fabric sourced from recycled plastic bottles. The entire XSCAPE line comes in plastic-free packaging with hangtags made from recycled cardboard.

“Our aim was to design the ultimate eco-friendly wetsuit that could be used for all kinds of water sports,” said Laurent Boury, Senior Vice President of Brands at Aqualung Group. “Aqualung is committed to using environmentally-friendly materials and processes whenever possible to help reduce our carbon footprint and we made design choices to ensure the XSCAPE collection was as sustainable as possible.”

“The collection name, XSCAPE, is meant to evoke the feeling of freedom and the quest for wonder that surround exploration, travel, and Aqualung’s storied history, including the first “aqua-lung” created by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and engineer Emile Gagnan that made underwater exploration possible,” added Boury.

To learn more please visit www.aqualung.com.

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