Wednesday, 18 February 2009
We also did a little training session to prepare for the upcomming Oslo Ice Challenge:
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Where: Lutvann (outside of Oslo), Norway
What: Freediving competition in the deep diving disciplines
Picture: Steinar Schjager
The frozen lake “Lutvann” just outside of Oslo will be the location of the first freediving competition in Norway, Oslo Ice Challenge. It will be an AIDA competition with ranking, which makes it the first internationally recognized freediving competition under ice. This special challenge will add a new aspect to the sport and give the competitors an experience to remember.
The ice provides extra challenges for both competitors and organizers, but also some advantages. The diving response, which allows freedivers to save oxygen, becomes much stronger in cold water. The ice will work as a platform for both judges and audience to view the performances close up, making it much more interesting to follow the competition. And most importantly, the ice creates a very special atmosphere under water, giving the diving a whole different dimension.
Picture: Domagoj Jakovak
Oslo Ice Challenge will gather freedivers ranging between local divers from Oslo Freediving Club to World Champions and World Record holders. The participants will have the chance to compete twice on Saturday 7th and once on Sunday 8th in their chosen discipline. Following a point system which levels the disciplines, the winner will be the freediver with the most points from a single dive. The maximum number of participants is set to 20, and there are still some spots left. There will also be a special static competition for the really hard core freedivers. They will compete in holding their breath in the cold water, and dry suits are not allowed.
The competition will be filmed and photographed by a couple of underwater photographers, among them Dan Burton.
Press contact: Elisabeth Kristoffersen, email@example.com
Organizer: Steinar Schjager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Official webpage: www.fridykking.net/osloice
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
The competition saw some nice performances. Ilka Michaelis did a new national record for Germany with 99m. Both Jarmila and Christian made three good performances and won the overall ranking for the women and men respectivly. All the nice freediviers, the well-running organisation and the good pool made the competition a very pleasant one. I'd love to come back next year...
On monday after the competition, we had maybe the best time of the whole trip. Christian took us to a sauna/bath at the harbour of Geneva. Him and Jarmila got to do some freediving in the lake, cruising through and even under the big fountain! I stayed out because of the ribs, but will sure try this next time.
After spending several hours in the sauna, the turkish bath, the hammam and a dip in the lake (4-5 degrees!), we had a good lunch and headed back to catch the plain home. It was a really great experience and big thanks to our host, Christian!