Freediving has gained increasing popularity, and for good reason.
It’s a true test of human skill. Plus, the endless news about professional freedivers making their mark is just so irresistible and inspiring.
One of the most prominent names in the sport today is Guillaume Néry. Last year, he made waves after his collaborative film with filmmaker Julie Gautier went viral. What exactly was he doing, you ask? Nothing much. Just riding an ocean current in Tiputa pass, Northeast of Tahiti like it’s no biggie.
Watching the film was like watching a surreal event unfolding right before our eyes. His speed is almost impossible without the help of flippers or other equipment, which he didn’t have. Néry just isn’t a thrill seeker. He is a diving daredevil.
On their website, Néry describes the film, saying: “my diving has always propelled my imagination to the fantasy of space conquest. To touch the sea floor or to set foot on an unexplored planet, here are two fascinating adventures which feed my thirst of the unknown. The discovery of this quite unique place, the Tiputa Pass, made it possible to put the visual closeness of two universes – water and air, ocean and space – into film.”
To say that he was successful in his attempt is an understatement. He managed to open so many doors for freedivers to explore their innate capacity. Plus, it’s such a breathtaking film that would be passed on for ages.
The two have previously collaborated back in 2010 on yet another spine-tingling “base jump” into Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas.