|1||Hawkeye Parker – USA||70||52||61||83||54||48.5||368.5|
|2||Ben Weiss – USA||52||40||58||72.2||50||40||312.2|
|3||Joe Sheridan – USA||50||25||45||61.4||38||44.5||263.9|
|4||Greg Fee – Canada||28||33||6||52||54.5||39||212.5|
|5||Ted Harty – USA||65||69.5||134.5|
|1||Rosibel Molina – CUBA||50||36||66||72.6||71||50||345.6|
|2||Ashley Futral – USA||55||43||52||54.6||62||44||310.6|
|3||Jennifer Balfour – CAN||42||22||45||46||30||33||218|
|4||Junko Kitahama – JPN||60||60.6||62.5||183.1|
|5||Francesca Koe – USA||32||12||56.4||27||127.4|
|6||Erin Magee – USA||71||71|
|1||Erin Magee||CWT||71m||71m||71||NR – USA|
|10||Rosibel Molina||CNF||36m||36m||36||NR – CUBA|
|2||Rosibel Molina||STA||1:00||6:03||72.6||NR – CUBA|
|6||Ashley Futral||FIM||55m||2m||0||DQ AIR|
Well as you all have seen we’ve had a great beginning to our competition and we’re not even half way through yet! There’s a tight race for first place in the Men’s category: Ted reached 149m in dynamic during yesterday’s pool session, Hawkeye blew everyone away with his 52m constant no fins dive, Ben did an easy 63m free immersion (in spite of having to drag a float 15 feet underwater during the first part of his dive!), Greg reached a new personal best in no fins and Joe has been riding the sink phase wave on his dives. We’re all very excited to see how they all do!
The women have been putting up some impressive scores too- Rosibel threw down a 5:33 static, which is an easy one for her! Jen reached a new personal best and keeps impressing everyone as she pushes those numbers deeper and deeper. Junko turned a bit early, but after announcing that she’s sending her monkeys back to Japan via Fedex Express, we’re sure she’s going to hit it hard next time! Ashley had a little trouble with a squeeze on her 61m dive, but since she’s already done that depth in the past she’ll rock it on Thursday. Francesca did her first competition dive today and got her first white card in the ocean! I had a good dive today too after flubbing my surface protocol on my 63m dive yesterday- the judges were laughing as I VERY deliberately went through the protocol today.
And as you can see our video guys finished the first video of the competition- a big thanks to Ren, Garo, Matt, Kirk and Tavia to getting all that great footage and to Ren doubly for editing it to make it what it is! Thanks to Ted too for making the soundtrack!
Until next time,
So as promised- a few words from the divers!
Junko: Now I know how to swim with the borrowed monofin, a big thanks, Erin! I did not make my depth today but I know what I need to do now to go deeper tomorrow. It was a great training day today for me and now I’m ready to go deep!
Joe: After the first two days of depth training I got two personal bests, one at 35m and next at 40m….kicking the whole way! Having so much fun, losing track of which day of the week it is! Iwent out with the crew for two sessions of scooter rides….unreal! I felt what it’s like to not kick during sink phase…not bad! I’ll have to do it on my target dives so I can enjoy the ride.
Ashley: Today was my first attempt at a personal best since training began. I spent last night practicing my equalizations in the pool with Rosibel for today’s performance. Feeling pretty confident after all of the practice I suited up this morning adn entered the water with Ted’s last words to me, “It’s only three more seconds and one more equalization,” in reference to my new depth attempt compared to my old personal best. Warm-ups went well as I decided again to concentrate on FRC’s to get my equalization down. 5-4-3-2-1, peak inhalation, 10 packs and down I go! 1:45 later I surfaced with the tag and a new personal best depth of 58m! See you tomorrow, 61m!
Jen: After yesterday’s failed attempt at 40m I was determined to make the depth today and to have fun doing it! I took it a bit easier on my warm-ups than usual and gave myself lots of time to relax before my target. I packed a bit more than usual and had a good entry (yay!) and managed to relax through the dive, working on using better kicks to prevent lactic burn in my legs. It worked- a clean and easy 40m dive that left me wanting even more depth!
Greg: I announced 34m CNF since my left ear was still sore from yesterday’s FIM dive. My warm-ups were not going well, but I ended up making it down to 29m anyway, which is my personal best in this discipline!
Ben: I flew to Cayman straight from two weeks in the Bahamas, where I safety-dived for the Vertical Blue competition. So I hit the ground (er, water) running (er, diving!), with three personal bests in a row: 56m CWT, 40m CNF, and 63m FIM. On the 63m dive I experienced thoracic filling for the first time; slightly unnerving, but thankfully no squeezes so far. Hanging out with everyone at the condo has been loads of fun, and I’m looking forward to the competition!
So I’ve finally got some more photos for you! Kirk was running the camera in the water today and got some great pictures of everyone. Depths went great again today and most people on the boat hit Personal Bests! Garo’s having a bit of ear trouble and will be out of the water tomorrow, but should be back soon to help safety during the competition. Hawkeye’s chest squeeze seems to be all better and he looks like he’ll be going after another Personal Best tomorrow- not too shabby after pulling a clean 7:08 static a couple of days ago! And Rosibel rocked her static the other day too- 5:50! We’re going to have some impressive performances I think during the competition.
So I figure I’ve talked enough so I’m going to let everyone else say a few words about how the training’s been going! You can check that out in the next update above…
Ashley ascending from 58m Junko breathing up for a dive
Joe’s recovery breaths after 45m Hawkeye recovery breathing after a dive
Rosibel heading to 55m Jen on the way down to 40m Erin heading down to 61m
Ben coming up from FIM 63m Ted on the way down to 55m
Garo…up close and personal!
Well yesterday we had another good day on the water- but Junko’s unlucky streak continued! Day 1 she got seasick, Day 2 she lost her brand new monofin and Day 3? She got stung by a bumble bee on the float! I guess that according to the rule of 3’s she’s going to be okay from here on out! Knock on wood! Or as they say in Japan as we’ve all learned, kuwabara kuwabara!
Today was a scootering day from morning to evening. We woke up early and headed off Macabuca and started getting some good footage of scootering, then headed off the wall to do variable ballast drops. Ashley mastered the art of the barrel roll and back flips on the Dive Xtras Cuda and Ren combined two cameras to film the whole thing: both his camera and a couple of new HD GoPros installed on the scooters to catch all the action. In the afternoon we headed back out off Lighthouse Point and had fun diving the swim throughs and tunnels in that area. We’ll post streaming video once it’s all edited. Ren’s working on getting some screenshots now so that will be up on here sooner!
Jen’s first time in warm water is going well, except that she says she wouldn’t mind if the water was a few degrees more similar to her hometown of Vancouver. She inadvertently stepped on an urchin today though so she’s been working to get those out all day- ouch!
Back on the temporary homefront- Hawkeye’s been regaling everyone with his amazing Irish songs, complete with an authentic Irish brogue. Ashley’s been helping too:
Our first judge arrived yesterday too, Matt Charlton from Ottawa, who’s judged several of our competitions before. He’s also going to help out with the camera work to make sure we don’t have a shortage of good video for streaming. Garo Hachigan, from San Diego, arrived yesterday too to safety for yet another competition- this will be his fourth in a row! He’s always a great face to see at depth after coming up from a long target dive.
And Ashley just got done cooking us some wonderful curry, so everyone’s hanging out on the couch, fat and happy. Tomorrow we’re back to work after this day off so we’ll be making our announcements soon and getting our game faces on for another solid day of training.
Day 2 on the boat and we all had a great day of diving! Waves calmed down a bit, not down to Cayman’s typical flat calm seas, but it didn’t seem to affect anyone’s dives! A couple of suits made their debut after minor repairs yesterday, but we did have a fin catastrophe today- Junko’s brand new monofin came undone from it’s carabiner and floated away in the depths. She had to borrow my Glide for the day but didn’t seem to have any trouble with it (even though it’s a couple sizes too big for her tiny feet!). Hawkeye had to sit out the day to nurse a chest squeeze, but will be coming back with a vengeance tomorrow! Mandy also picked up Ben Weiss (USA) at the airport- our group is almost complete now, we’re just waiting on Garo Hachigan (USA- competition safety), Bob Croft (USA- World Record Holder), Francesca Koe (USA), and our judges Grant Graves and Matt Charlton.
And as I promised on Facebook- photos!
This is our shore dive spot- right at Macabuca restaurant. The entry spot is a few steps on the right side, which is actually out of the photo. It’s all about a 3 min walk from our condo and once we hit the water we’re in about 80 feet of water after a short swim. If we swim a little longer we can get beyond the wall and into bottomless blue water!
Kaila doesn’t mind coming on the boat with us either! She’s been attending some of our dive sessions- she seems more interested in kicking back and catching some Z’s than what we’re doing.
Well Ren and Ashley have started playing guitar and singing for the group so I’m going to close up this update but I’ll definitely have more photos soon (and eventually video) to keep you all in the loop.
Until next time,
So we’ve just started training now and many of the competitors have arrived already. Junko Kitahama (Japan) showed up early and opened up the condos for us. Kirk, Mandy and Kaila Krack (the youngest freediver we’ve had yet!) arrived with Ted Harty (USA), myself (Erin Magee-USA) and Hawkeye Parker (USA) on May 28 and couldn’t wait to get out and get out on the scooters! We headed out for a day with Duncan at Stingray Charters and got our diving reflexes kicked in at full force with the DiveXtra Cudas. The reefs here in Cayman are incredible- we hit some great swim-throughs and even though our footage didn’t come out it was a memorable experience.
Yesterday afternoon we picked up Jen Balfour (Canada) and Rosibel Molina (Cuba), some great up-and-comers who are looking to reach some great new depths! We woke up early(ish!) this morning and headed out on the boat again to start doing some training dives. The ocean was a-rockin’ and a-rollin’ but in spite of the big seas we were resolute to stay out and dive! When we arrived home we found that a new batch of divers had arrived- Ashley Futral (USA), Ren Chapman (USA- competition safety), Greg Fee (Canada) and Joe Sheridan (USA). They couldn’t wait to hop back in the warm Cayman waters so they’ve already headed out to Macabuca to get some shore dives in.
Well that’s all for now but keep checking back for more updates and for the upcoming in-list of competitors from Deja Blue! We’ll also post results here once the competition starts. I’ll get on the photos too!!
The following is the list of the 11 competitors in this years Cayman Competition. Announcements will be posted the night before each days event and results will be posted here withing hours of the finish of each day.
Disciplines at this years event include the following:Constant Weight – Diving down and back up under ones own power wearing a fin Free Immersion – Using the line, one pulls themselves down to depth and back up Constant No-Fins – Without the use of fins or the line, one swims down to depth and back again Static Apnea- In the pool the diver flats face down holding their breath as long as possible Dynamic Apnea – In the pool with a fin on one sees how many lengths they can swim underwater on a single breath Dynamic Apnea without Fins – One a single breath and without the use of fins, one sees how many lengths of a pool they can swim
During the seven day competition competitors will be able to make attempts during 5 ocean days and 5 pool days. They earn points as follows and the winner will be the diver with the overall highest point score in all disaplines.Depth Disaplines: 1 point for every meter of depth achieved Staic Apnea: 1 point for every 5 seconds of breath hold time Dynamic and Dynamic No-Fins: 1 point for every 2 meters of distance In past years we have seen athletes from all over the world compete and break both National and World records during the Cayman events. That being said this competition is for Freedivers of all experince levels. Everyone from those entering their first ever competition to those with records are welcome. Watch videos, read updates and relive last years competition by clicking here.