Lubomir Stefanoff | freediving and UW photography

Naissub Freediving Cup 2011

by on Apr.10, 2011, under Freediving

Bg_team Last week I took part in my first competition – Naissub Freediving Cup 2011, held in Nis, Serbia.

I thought that I’ll be the only Bulgarian at this comp, but soon my friends Ivo and Peter decided to participate, despite the short notice and the limited time for training.  I took part only in DYN discipline; Ivo and Peter competed in both static and dynamic apnea with fins. First, It was Peter’s turn at static – he did a solid 5 minutes with room for more – white card :) . Ivo didn’t manage to show what he does in training and exited early, but again a white card and positive emotions.

Lubo_glide I had announced 1 meter in DYN and was the first to start. I was relaxed and knew before the start that I’ll make a good swim.  Before the competiton I thought over the two options: to exit early for 100% clean dive well below my personal best or go for a near max attempt. I chose the second option…The wall at 50 meters came éarly’ and after that moment I stopped thinking, I was just swimming along the black line. At 125 I considered exiting, but I was completely OK, only my legs felt a bit heavy. I didn’t plan to turn at 150, but at the wall mind control said ‘make the turn’ and I did, a few more meters and I came up at 154, very close to the limit. I made the surface protocol immediately and saw some strange expressions :) . For a moment I thought that I screwed up sth, but soon I got my first white card. 154 meters, 4th place (third was 157m, first – 172).

Lubo_white_card peter_white_card

That’s in short my experience from the competition. I want to thank the organizers Naissub, my buddies and Divetec Ltd for the support for this trip. Next time the results will be better :)

P.S. Photos by Tihomir Rachev for DivingBG magazine


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