The third annual International World Extreme Sports Medicine Congress confirmed our collective willingness to wreck ourselves in pursuit of stoke
Keenan was a legend in the sport—and is the first rescue diver to die while freediving
Jesper Stechmann is a World Champion Freediver who was raised in Denmark. From the ripe age of six years old, he began holding his breath under water and since then, he's lived much of his life under the surface of the water.
After years of diving competitively, Francisco Del Rosario realized that it had distracted him from the foundations of the sport: clarity of mind, the inexplicable sensations, and to visit another world beneath the waves.
The freediving world championships occur at the outer limits of competitive risk. During the 2011 event, held off the coast of Greece, more than 130 athletes assembled to swim hundreds of feet straight down on a single breath—without (they hoped) passing out, freaking out, or drowning. Meet the amazingly fit, unquestionably brave, and possibly crazy people who line up for the ultimate plunge.