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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Nicholas Rossier tells the tale of free diver William Trubridge. Free diving is a form of underwater diving free of external breathing devices. Rossier and an underwater cameraman travelled to Long Island, Bahamas, for this story.

    The mystique of the ocean is brought to life in Rossier's video. Watching the free diver slowly sink to the ocean floor, the stunning videography makes you feel like you're in the ocean too. And then you stop and wonder who on Earth would dive without apparatus? That's where the storytelling in this iReport shines through.

    This iReport was featured in the September iReport for CNN program on CNN International.
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    William Trubridge is one of the world's best freedivers. He was born in the United Kingdom but raised in New Zealand, where he spent most of his early years on a sailboat. Today, he spends most of his time in the Bahamas where he trains and teaches at the Dean's Blue Hole, the deepest sea water blue hole in the world situated on Long Island in the Bahamas. Trubridge has reached 15 freediving world records and currently holds the world record in the Free Immersion and the Constant Weight Without Fins disciplines. On January 18, 2011, Trubridge won the World's Absolute Freediver Award (WAFA) making him the world's "best all around freediver". Filmmaker Nicolas Rossier spent a few days with him in the Bahamas and the result is this short documentary portrait that offers a unique window into Trubridge's unusual and magical world.

     

    This short segment is part of a feature documentary on the spiritual dimensions of extreme sport. It aired on CNN International in September 2012.

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