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January 26, 2008

The Lunocet in Action



Filed under: All, Equipment — jome @ 2:15 pm

The SubHuman Project website by Ted Ciamillo has some new videos and updates. Ted has also built him self a “testing lagoon” for testing his inventions instead of taking them to the ocean every time. How many freedivers wouldn’t mind having that? The much discussed “Lunocet” monofin can be seen in action in these videos:

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Unfortunately the quality in the lunocet footage is hard to make out due to the murky visibility of the pit, but it demonstrates nicely how the fin behaves in motion.

January 21, 2008

Herbert Nitsch Announces New Plans



Filed under: All, Records — jome @ 4:43 am

Photo by Kimmo LahtinenHerbert’s website has been updated with his latest plans. Herbert is preparing for his most ambitious freediving project so far. He plans to make a no-limits dive to no less than 250m in June 2008. The attempt will be followed by a documentary team. He will also try to break the Variable Weight Record.

The site still lists 300m as the ultimate goal for Herbert.

January 17, 2008

Herbert Nitsch on German TV



Filed under: All, Competitions — jome @ 4:26 am

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Herbert Nitsch was a guest on a German TV show. You can watch the clip on-line here (only in german).

The clip includes good moments such as Herbert being interviewed while holding his breath and coaching the host to an almost 2 minute static via excessive hyperventilation.

January 11, 2008

Bin Fins Site Revamped



Filed under: All, Equipment — jome @ 5:54 am

The Chinese monofin manufacturer BinFins has renewed their website. The site now supports more western languages and has also some freediving specific renewals in their catalog and an improved ordering from.

BinFins monofins offer a good alternative to the other popular monofin types used by freedivers currently. In the finswimming world they have been received well and many world records have been broken with their design. A Chen Bin fin was also used by Guillaume Néry on his 109 m constant weight world record.

January 9, 2008

The Life Amphibious project



Filed under: All, Equipment, General, Records — Tags: , , , , — jome @ 3:19 pm

Life AmphibiousAlex Sarasitis of the company Trygons, famous to freedivers from designing and implementing the systems used by Herbert Nitsch on his 214m no-limits record, has an interesting project in the works. The Australian marine biologist Lloyd Godson and his Greek partner Carolina Sarasiti plan to cross 500 km of distance in custom-built human powered fish shaped submarines, designed and built by Alex.

The “Life Amphibious” project has many parallels to the previously mentioned “Sub Human Project”, as it also includes the idea of crossing great distances in the sea using a human powered submarine. Also similar is the is the re-design of the concept of the monofin, achieving greater efficiency by dynamically changing the angle of the blade. There are not much technical details yet, but it is very interesting that the latest update hints at Herbert Nitsch using this design on a world record attempt in 2008.

On the last update you can also see a picture of a kind of early prototype of the device, which is very strange looking indeed.

Looks like the year 2008 will be the battle of the monofins. Will the lunocet or Alex’s invetion take the trophy? Or will traditional monofins still hold their place? In any case this year should be interesting for freedivers.

January 7, 2008

Re-thinking the Monofin



Filed under: All, Equipment — Tags: , — jome @ 5:07 am

The LunocetThe Subhuman project is the brain child of inventor Ted Ciamillo, who plans to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a biomechanical submarine. While interesting in it self, freedivers will be especially interested in the subproject of this adventure called “The Lunocet”, which is a type of monofin that mimics the biomechanical propulsion of Dolphins. While already discussed before and yet to be seen or tried by freedivers, the project certainly looks interesting and gives food for thought in the cold winter months when we all yearn for the sea…

For more information check the subhuman project web site or this PDF.

How long until we see more completely different solutions to this problem? Or is this just a marketing gimmic and the current monofins are just “perfect”?

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