21 11월 2013

Suunto Vertical Blue cancelled

Vertical Blue Cancelled Photo: Munoz

We are sad to announce that Nicholas Mevoli (USA) tragically lost his life on Sunday.

It was meant to be a friendly gathering in which the world's top freedivers pushed new depths of the sport. As has been widely reported, events during Sunday's Suunto Vertical Blue took a tragic turn and the competition was naturally cancelled.

It is the first time anyone has died during 10 years of AIDA-regulated events and it has left the small community — and everyone at Suunto — deeply saddened.
The exact cause of death is still unknown.

In a tribute on Facebook, organizer William Trubridge wrote: “We lost a man who was a friend to everyone he met, and who I was lucky enough to share so many experiences with this year. He touched my life and inspired me as he did so many others.”

AIDA has announced that it will carry out a review of what happened to discover what learnings can be shared. Although the sport has, until now, had an enviable safety record freedivers are the first to acknowledge that much is still unknown about what happens to the body at depth.

This is also part of freediving's appeal — every dive is an act of personal exploration and everyone in the sport is aware that — like Himalayan climbing — it comes with risks.

Since the competition's cancellation, the only thing everyone in the freediving community is doing is finding ways to celebrate Nick Mevoli's life. During a private ceremony at Dean's Blue Hole the day after the accident, his friends and fellow freedivers did just that, gathering in the water to pay homage to a remarkable man.

Suunto 소개

Suunto는 핀란드 오리엔티어겸 엔지니어인 Tuomas Vohlonen이 대량 생산형 충전 나침반을 고안한 해인 1936년에 설립되었습니다. Suunto는 그 후 전 세계의 모험에 사용되는 스포츠 시계, 다이빙 컴퓨터 및 기기의 설계와 기술 혁신을 주도해왔습니다. 높은 산에서 깊은 바다에 이르기까지 Suunto는 아웃도어 모험가들이 새로운 세계를 정복할 수 있는 정신력과 체력을 갖추도록 도와줍니다.

Sunnto의 본사와 제조 공장은 핀란드의 Vantaa에 있습니다. 전세계에서 400여 명의 직원을 고용하고 있는 Suunto의 제품은 100여 개 국가에서 판매되고 있습니다. Suunto는 Amer Sports Corporation의 자회사로서 Salomon, Arc'teryx, Atomic, Wilson, Precor, Mavic, Enve라는 자매 브랜드가 있습니다.

Under The Pole
Freedivers prepare for Suunto Vertical Blue