Tag Archive: Ashley Chapman

Nov 21

Ashley Chapman Breaks CNF Freediving World Record

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American freediver Ashley Futral Chapman broke yet another world record to 67 meters/ 219 feet in the discipline of constant weight no-fins yesterday at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas. Ashley has broken this record twice in the past, only to have it rebroken by the Russian freediving great, Natalia Molchanova days later. With more …

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Aug 13

Food for Thought: More on Diet for Freediving

Diet for Freediving

You are what you eat, or so the adage goes. To a certain degree this is very true. If you eat a bunch of saturated fat, guess what? You may notice your back end expanding in a direction you are not happy with. A diet of lean protein, complex carbohydrates and tons of vegetables will …

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Jul 30

Team USA to Battle for Gold at Freediving World Championships

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“Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don’t ever apologize for anything,”- Harry S. Truman   And so we send our American freedive team to battle the top athletes in the world for a chance at victory. On Sept. 7 six athletes, three men …

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Jul 17

Freediving Rule #1: Be Nice to Your Ears

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The Issue One of the most limiting factors for freedivers is the inability to equalize at depth.  One of the most limiting factors for the freedive instructor is to teach students to equalize.  To some degree, the process of equalization, or making the pressure on both sides of the eardrum the same, is obscure.  Independent …

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Jun 19

The 10 Commandments of Freediving

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Inspired by a recent episode of my favorite radio show, “This American Life” hosted by Ira Glass, I have created my own digestible list of commandments related to our favorite sport.  Ren downloads episodes of this show for me to listen to while we are sailing.  What a swell fella! Never dive alone Obvious right?  …

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Jun 14

Team USA to Go to World Championship

Freediving Team USA

It’s that time again!  The Olympic Games are upon us.  We are filling our hearts and homes with national pride (despite our differing nationalities) and will soon be sitting at our kitchen tables with a schedule of the Games and a highlighter, sure to catch every promising athletic moment we have waited for the last …

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Jun 04

A Look into the Future of Freediving

With every dive we are trying to find the deeper meaning of freediving.  We feel like part of the elite when we describe our esoteric sport.  We boast to our friends and families about five-plus-minute breath-holds and the meters upon meters that we swim straight down into the belly of Mother Ocean.  They talk about …

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May 29

A Comedic Look at No-Fins Diving by Grant Hogan

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I canʼt count the number of times Iʼve been asked why I choose to dive almost exclusively without fins. Typically I answer confusing questions like this one with blank faced stares or pose questions of my own, like the classic, “Why not?” Generally these tactics donʼt make much in the way of conversation so Iʼve …

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May 18

How to Break a Freediving World Record

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I had a lot of success breaking records last year at the Deja Blue II competition in the Cayman Islands.  In fact, I managed to break the national record in the discipline of CNF three times.  Once to 50 meters, once to 55 meters (a pan-American record) and last to 58 meters.  I exceeded, by …

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May 12

More National and World Record Videos Up!

Thanks to the efforts of our video team here at Deja Blue we’ve got more record videos posted! See them below!   Grant Hogan breaks the US Men’s National Record in CNF with a dive to 71 meters/ 233 feet   Nick Mevoli breaks the US Men’s National Record in CWT with a dive to …

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