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Sabang Town Hold An International Freediving Competition

Sabang town in Aceh hold an international freediving competition from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 with at least 40 athletes. Sail Sabang 2017 will feature the Freediving Competition 2017 and it will be held at Balohan Bay in Sabang from Nov. 26 until Dec. 1. Freediving itself is an underwater diving activity that relies on divers’ ability to hold their breath as long as they can until resurfacing.

Freediving is a sport that contending the durability of diver to dive into the deep with a single inhale without the help from scuba. The categories are Dynamic with Fins (DYN), Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF), Dynamic Without Fins (DNF), Costant Weight (CWT), Free Immersion (FIM) and Static Apnea (STA). The committee has prepared a total prize of Rp. 200 million for winners of this competition.

“There are already 40 athletes who have confirmed their participation. They will come from Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, Australia, the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Belgium, Thailand, China and other countries,” explained Tourism Ministry’s archipelago tourism marketing development deputy Esthy Reko Astuti.

Among these dozens of athletes, two are world-record holders. The first one is New Zealander William Trubridge whose accolades include 237 meters Dynamic with Fins (DYN), 102 meters Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF), 187 meters Dynamic Without Fins (DNF), 121 meters Constant Weight (CWT), 124 meters Free Immersion (FIM) and seven minutes and 29 seconds Static Apnea (STA).

The second world record-holder is Russian Alexey Molchanov whose accolades include 258 meters Dynamic with Fins (DYN), 96 meters Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF), 195 meters Dynamic Without Fins (DNF), 129 meters Constant Weight (CWT), 124 meters Free Immersion (FIM) and eight minutes and 33 seconds Static Apnea (STA).