Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Nation Holds Its Breath as Trubridge Misses World Record

3 December 2014

Nation Holds Its Breath as Trubridge Misses World Record

New Zealanders nationwide held their breath in anticipation as fellow Kiwi William Trubridge attempted to break his own unassisted free dive world record. The 15-times world record holder’s existing record was 101 metres. William reached his target of 102 metres, but got into trouble 20 metres from the surface, missing out on the new world record. William recovered quickly and despite missing his target is philosophical about the result.

William Trubridge said not long after his attempt, “I am honoured and humbled with the support I have received from New Zealand and while I am disappointed about not achieving my goal, this is just a plot twist and I am not put off attempting it again in 2015 – I feel like I owe New Zealand a world record.”
However, his extraordinary effort is still worth celebrating. Putting it into perspective, the bungy jump off the maximum height of the iconic Skippers Canyon in Queenstown is the same depth. At this point underwater, there’s no longer light, sound or gravity as we know it – everything is stripped away, leaving just the diver and his mental strength, stamina and resilience.

Michael Taylor from Steinlager, comments: “We admire William’s awesome feat today. He showed us an extreme example of what the human body and spirit is capable of, and he is still the world record holder – a champion that New Zealanders can be proud of!”

Steinlager Pure partnered with TVNZ to broadcast nationwide coverage of the dive so that New Zealanders could watch one of the world’s top extreme athletes. Trubridge has said he felt the support of the nation behind him and knowing the dive was being broadcast here made him all the more determined.

Steinlager has long been a vocal champion for the indomitable Kiwi spirit that refuses to accept limitations. In William, Steinlager Pure identified an incredible New Zealander who defies the physical and mental pressures of what is normal for a human body.

Trubridge, who has a lung capacity two litres larger than the average adult, attempted the dive at Dean’s Blue Hole - a 200m deep cavern - near his home base in the Bahamas. The pressure at the depths William dives could easily crush untrained lungs and around 40 people die each year from free diving accidents.

“William captured the hearts of the nation along the way, in some ways an even greater feat than a new world record,” says Taylor. “His extraordinary effort is still worth celebrating and it sends a pretty strong message to us all – win or lose – it's the giving it a go that gives William his edge and we should all feel pretty proud of him today.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Tom Scott's Avantdale Bowling Club: The 10th Annual Taite Music Prize Announced

The Taite Music Prize 2019 ceremony also saw the presentation of the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut, Independent Spirit Award, and Independent Music NZ Classic Record award. More>>


Elisabeth Calder: Gifted Editor And Publisher To Receive Honorary Doctorate

The English editor and publisher who discovered some of the greatest writers of our times, including Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes and Anita Brookner, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the University of Canterbury (UC) at the University’s Arts and Science graduation ceremony on 18 April. More>>

Howard Davis: Charlie Parker With Strings - Live!

Hear these swinging rhythms with lush strings and a twist of bebop when Dick Oatts performs Charlie Parker with Strings accompanied by the New Zealand String Quartet and Jazz Ensemble, Musical Director Rodger Fox. More>>

Disaster Response: Canterbury Quakes - 'Widespread Adverse Effects' On Mental Health

The researchers noted that while support services such as free counselling exist, New Zealand's public health services are already under strain and even small increases in demand may result in a considerable extra burden for health workers. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland