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The WC continues! It took a few days to set things up, to adjust the winch systems, to assemble and train in a refreshed safety team, to work out other issues... But in the end, CMAS tried hard to put things together and make the best out of a bad situation, and after having that done, I think we had a great wc in amazing conditions. My first dive was CNF - no fins, most demanding discipline in all aspects and most stressful for the lungs/throat but I enjoy it so much. I finally came early enough to dress up and prepare for my dive so I felt more relaxed then days before. I announced a PB at -70 m. Approaching the line @johnnydeep110 meets me as the new chief of safety, cracks a joke, asks me where I would prefer the first safety, hands me the line and wishes a good dive. This kind of atmosphere, confidence and information you need from a safety diver, and since he is a master at safety and diving, he understands this, and this makes dives much more enjoyable. I like to know when they meet me because sometimes its hard to know your depth, when to release air etc. The weather is perfect and I cant wait to hear my top time, and when its like this I know my dive is going to be amazing. I easily reach my tag, have fun with the safety team on the way up and glide all the way to the judges platform. I cant wait for my lungs to adapt a bit more so I can make deeper CNF dives... CNF and DNF are like meditation for me, even though its quite more demanding then diving with fins... This dive gets me to 5. place overall and my main goal at being in top 6 is checked after the first dive. Congrats to all athletes sharing the line with me on that day:) Now to see what happens with other dives in the championship. . . . . . . . . . . . #bestfreedivegear#apneaaddicts#underwater #marnaut #angelsofthesea#freedive #molchanovs#freedivingphotography #deeperblue#uwphotography @diveeasy #deepbluesea#underwaterphotography #oceanlife#oceanfun#oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives#oceanimagery #freedivingart#MadeOfOcean#freediverlife #xpncroatia#TurningTheTide#saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport #prirodnoja

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Between Kas Baska and the WC there is a day off used for training. I did 2 dives and got a good feeling, so I wanted to kick back a bit. Good to relax, do recovery, make pics for sponsors:) and help other team members. In the end the relax days ended up turbulent. There were issues with safety which raised doubt earlier and on the first competition day early in the list there was a deep black out. This highlighted many flaws in the safety system. The diver was OK but the safety teams and the emergency system, usually the counterweight, turned out not to be on the WC level. The diver blacked out around 30 m going up and went down back to 60+ before the system got him and brought him back. The medical team was also poorly prepared and had no training. Lucky for us, the body has its own protecting mechanisms , so the diver is ok, but flaws in the system are not acceptable in freediving, where mistakes are expensive. This made the main judge, stop and postpone the competition. Another rest day, but also, made all the competitors nervous, because its hard to fix major issues overnight. The freediving is usually super safe, because you always dive to a depth you know you can achieve, and in the case you fail this happens in the last meters. Then there is a safety team usually made of 3-4 experienced safety divers that wait for you at lets say 30-20-10 meters and help out in any case of trouble. The safety team deals with 99% of all incidents and all goes well. In rare cases of deep BO's there is a last resort system, that brings the whole line up with the diver on it. Its crucial for the piece of mind of divers that they have trust in this reliable system. So we could say the competition started on the wrong foot... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bestfreedivegear#apneaaddicts#underwater #marnaut #angelsofthesea#freedive #molchanovs#freedivingphotography #deeperblue#uwphotography @diveeasy #deepbluesea#underwaterphotography #oceanlife#oceanfun#oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives#oceanimagery #freedivingart#MadeOfOcean#freediverlife #xpncroatia#TurningTheTide#saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport #prirodnoja

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#Repost @maverick2go (@get_repost) ・・・ So my Ibiza story ended and I'm more than happy how that turned out. Ill probably get back to that with some stories and photos, but now I'm in a hurry to catch my flight to Turkey, where there is a local Kas Baska competition right before the World championship. Hopefully Ill acclimatize to the new conditions quick and Ill make some enjoyable dives on the WC. Ill get you some news and after all, some videos of dives as well:) Logging off for now, more news from Turkey! . . . . . . . . . . . . .. #bestfreedivegear#apneaaddicts#underwater #marnaut #angelsofthesea#freedive #molchanovs#freedivingphotography #deeperblue#uwphotography @diveeasy #deepbluesea#underwaterphotography #oceanlife#oceanfun#oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives#oceanimagery #freedivingart#MadeOfOcean#freediverlife #xpncroatia#TurningTheTide#saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport #prirodnoja

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maverick2go

Many people ask me if I see any fish down there... Well this is how it looks in training or competition. I will mostly have my eyes closed if all is good. I'll open them on the ascending phase of the dive. With no googles or mask, I cant see clear anyway, so my only focus is what happens inside my body and the rope in front of me to make sure I'm on the right line and my speed is good. Specially when I start the freefall and my mouthfill is packed and locked, my vision and focus becomes so tunneled I usually don't even remember that part of the dive. I'm somewhere else, enjoying myself. There is a saying that SCUBA divers go down to look around, while freedivers go down to look inside, and this is very true. Well, anyway, after the first dive, you would think either the organizers or me would learn a lesson, but nothing happened in that direction. Next day dive I decided to choose a super easy depth and just completely enjoy the dive. I realized I'll be late for the dive again, my transfer boat was late again and I refuse to wake up before the last minute to take the earlier boat... Since now I expected this in a way, I was a bit more relaxed, and skipped warm up. The judges even offered me 2 minutes extra to prepare, I guess they felt bad for me rushing on my line right from the boat. I went for a very shallow dive of 65m with fins, just to make sure my lungs are ok, because on the earlier dive I had a squeeze problem again because of all the rush around and not being able to relax fully. So this was my test for lungs, relaxation and making sure my equalization is flawless. All went ok and I was mentally already in the World championship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . #bestfreedivegear#apneaaddicts#underwater #marnaut #angelsofthesea#freedive #molchanovs#freedivingphotography #deeperblue#uwphotography @diveeasy #deepbluesea#underwaterphotography #oceanlife#oceanfun#oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives#oceanimagery #freedivingart#MadeOfOcean#freediverlife #xpncroatia#TurningTheTide#saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport #prirodnoja

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maverick2go

Wow, it's been a while. Sorry. Just crazy with transfers, competition, bad coverage, things to do... Ok, so after Ibiza I've had a short brake and didn't dive at all and then flew to Turkey for Kas Baska competition. Since this competition was just before the world cup, many of the elite athletes did it for training, and this was my intention as well. Freediving competitions have a charming organization habit - it's messed up. When combined together with my own easy going approach it results in me regularly being late at my start time. My transfer boat was late and after putting on my suit on the way I jumped into the water, skipped warm up, and did my dive. Even though the dive wasn't that nice, I was quite unrelaxed and it didn't feel good at all, I managed to get to my announced depth and get a white card. Worst dive of the season, but, a successful one as far as the judges concern. Not the opening I hoped for, but I had my taste of the perfect sea conditions in front of Kas. I was 4th over all on the first day, and it was time to turn to the next day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bestfreedivegear#apneaaddicts#underwater #marnaut #angelsofthesea#freedive #molchanovs#freedivingphotography #deeperblue#uwphotography @diveeasy #deepbluesea#underwaterphotography #oceanlife#oceanfun#oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives#oceanimagery #freedivingart#MadeOfOcean#freediverlife #xpncroatia#TurningTheTide#saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport #prirodnoja

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maverick2go

So my Ibiza story ended and I'm more than happy how that turned out. Ill probably get back to that with some stories and photos, but now I'm in a hurry to catch my flight to Turkey, where there is a local Kas Baska competition right before the World championship. Hopefully Ill acclimatize to the new conditions quick and Ill make some enjoyable dives on the WC. Ill get you some news and after all, some videos of dives as well:) Logging off for now, more news from Turkey! . . . . . . . . . . . . .. #bestfreedivegear#apneaaddicts#underwater #marnaut #angelsofthesea#freedive #molchanovs#freedivingphotography #deeperblue#uwphotography @diveeasy #deepbluesea#underwaterphotography #oceanlife#oceanfun#oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives#oceanimagery #freedivingart#MadeOfOcean#freediverlife #xpncroatia#TurningTheTide#saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport #prirodnoja

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maverick2go

So, after coming around, I should tell you about the day 2 of the MGP competition. The day was challenging as the first one, some waves, some current and a strong thermocline. This, with the pressure of the competition situation, resulted in only 6 white cards, many yellow and red ones. Lucky for me, I really like the challenge of these conditions and I'm used to training in colder water. I also didn't go for any PB, but decided to make a safe dive with stereo fins instead of monofin and make the experience as enjoyable as possible. And after unfortunately loosing my third place in CNF, I got it back in CWT:) So in the end, I am taking home some metal from MGP. I enjoyed the dive and the overall experience of this competition, and it's definitely bringing freediving to a higher standard. Can't wait to see the lineup for next year and have some more fun in the blue abysses around Ibiza. Tnx @aolinwang for having some fun and taking photos after the competition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bestfreedivegear#apneaaddicts#underwater #marnaut #angelsofthesea#freedive #molchanovs#freedivingphotography #deeperblue#uwphotography @diveeasy #deepbluesea#underwaterphotography #oceanlife#oceanfun#oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives#oceanimagery #freedivingart#MadeOfOcean#freediverlife #xpncroatia#TurningTheTide#saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport #prirodnoja

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K E E P G O I N G during times of challenge or change. It takes courage to chase dreams and stamina to reach goals. 🙌🏼 Repost @maverick2go: Well, It's been busy. The world championships were amazingly organised and out team made great results and many PB's. The elephant in the room was me:/ I managed to black out in my first dive, meaning I can't compete in any of the remaining disciplines. This was quite unfortunate for me, specially because I wanted a clean and safe dive, and the black out came so very sudden... I did again go over the WR, and maybe somewhere in my mind I wanted that WR and ignored getting out earlier... I don't think so, but its of course possible. For many reasons this was the worst possible scenario for me, specially in the first discipline and it got me down. But this is sport, and failure is a part of success as well. Getting up from a fall is what makes us stronger. My team made me proud to be there with them: @d_custic with a silver in DNF and gold in DYNBF and a new WR - at least I was successful as a coach if not as an athlete this time:); also @mirelakardasevic winning gold and silver, @gorancolak of course didn't disappoint with 2 golds and a silver, @lidija_lijic_ making 2 PB's which is amazing after all those years in the sport, @budimirbudasobat the most emotional medal, a bronze in STA. Enes Cerimagic and @ivanaaljinovic and @milosicboris  all made PB's and Vanja Peles PB's were just short of the podium... @mihaelaromic did a good warm up for the depth season... What better to do at a big tournament like this... Now, a short breath and focusing forward on the next game. One step at the time. . . . . #bestfreedivegear #apneaaddicts #underwater #tanksbutnotanks #angelsofthesea #freedive #molchanovs #freedivingphotography #deeperblue #uwphotography #uwshots #deepbluesea #underwaterphotography #oceanlife #oceanfun #oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives #oceanimagery #freedivingart #MadeOfOcean #freediverlife #xpncroatia #TurningTheTide #saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport

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maverick2go

First day of Molchanova Grand Prix is behind us, and after the dives I managed to be in third place! A great position for me, and a great reward for my -65 m no fin dive that went smooth and easy. But, I got happy too soon, the judges DQ me for making a pull outside the zone where you are allowed to do it, when you make a turn... Since its quite dark I may have missed it by a few cm I guess... But, rules are rules, and this should be something to learn from. I wont let this spoil my dive, I want to keep myself in a positive mood and enjoy the waters of Ibiza as much as possible. Tomorrow is CWT, a discipline usually done with monofin, but I decided to take my bifins for a ride for practice. I will use @molchanovsfreediving custom pocket carbon medium blade fins. Lets see how it goes. My DQ is a disappointment of course, and I can look at it as loosing a place, a medal, a nice financial prize... But, you need to have it to lose it in the first place, so I decided I will look on the brighter side. I made great dive worthy of 3rd place sharing a rope with some of the greatest freedivers of all time, overcoming some rough sea conditions that costed many other athletes their dives. And I enjoyed myself. Simple math works best. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bestfreedivegear#apneaaddicts#underwater #marnaut #angelsofthesea#freedive #molchanovs#freedivingphotography #deeperblue#uwphotography @diveeasy #deepbluesea#underwaterphotography #oceanlife#oceanfun#oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives#oceanimagery #freedivingart#MadeOfOcean#freediverlife #xpncroatia#TurningTheTide#saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport #prirodnoja

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maverick2go

Well, the island of Ibiza, more accurately San Antoni is more of a party town then a freediving oasis, but maybe freediving needs a new wind in its sails and Molchanova Grand Prix is definitely here to make new standards. The competition starts tomorrow, the conditions on training were from light to rough and who knows what to expect tomorrow. Its definitely a challenging competition, but this is something I usually enjoy, so Im looking forward to diving tomorrow.  Specially because its no fin day, my favorite, and no fin is the most difficult discipline which will be even more demanding with waves and currents that wait for us in the open Mediterranean sea. Its a known fact that smooth seas never made a skilled sailor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bestfreedivegear#apneaaddicts#underwater #marnaut #angelsofthesea#freedive #molchanovs#freedivingphotography #deeperblue#uwphotography #uwshots#deepbluesea#underwaterphotography #oceanlife#oceanfun#oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives#oceanimagery #freedivingart#MadeOfOcean#freediverlife #xpncroatia#TurningTheTide#saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport #prirodnoja

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maverick2go

Well after training in Cavtat I had maybe a full day only to repack and get on a plane to Ibiza, where the first edition of Molchanova Grand Prix in freediving will take place. The competition is founded by @molchanovsfreediving and it hopes to become a tradition, and definitely will set some new standards in freediving. It's an honor for me to get invited to such an event, and join the worlds most elite divers like @alexeymolchanov @willtrubridge @alessia.zecchini @gorancolak @mirelakardasevic @aolin_wang @kostyshen (and many others) in training and competing and of course having fun in the waters of Ibiza. Stay tuned on molchanovagrandprix.com for news and live streams from the deep. Or just stay connected here, and Ill sum it all up for you;) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bestfreedivegear#apneaaddicts#underwater #marnaut #angelsofthesea#freedive #molchanovs#freedivingphotography #deeperblue#uwphotography #uwshots#deepbluesea#underwaterphotography #oceanlife#oceanfun#oceanfacts #oceanperspectives #differentperspectives#oceanimagery #freedivingart#MadeOfOcean#freediverlife #xpncroatia#TurningTheTide#saltnomads #discoverocean #RoamTheOceans #bluuespace #divingpassport #prirodnoja

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