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Underwater Basejumping. That is all.
posted by allkindsoftime (49 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
Don't hold your breath!
posted by a non e mouse at 5:32 AM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


That's exactly what I said to myself when I woke up this morning: "I just don't have enough sheer terror in my life." Starting at the top of a cliff with no air to breathe and then jumping -- down. Yep, that'll do it.
posted by Mike D at 5:34 AM on June 5, 2010


Even if he's getting air every time they cut shots, that guy has some serious lungs.
posted by cmfletcher at 5:56 AM on June 5, 2010 [2 favorites]


says here it was done in one breath, poster seems to be the free diver, Guillaume Nery
posted by valdesm at 6:06 AM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Isn't there a risk of getting the bends doing this? Or do you need to dive deeper for that to be a problem?
posted by ymgve at 6:09 AM on June 5, 2010


valdesm: "says here it was done in one breath, poster seems to be the free diver, Guillaume Nery"

If it was done in one breath then why can't you see the other camera(s) in the reverse shots? He seems to be all alone but shot with multiple camera angles, how would that work if they hadn't done this in multiple takes?
posted by octothorpe at 6:14 AM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


He's just really patient non-breather.
posted by a non e mouse at 6:19 AM on June 5, 2010


Isn't there a risk of getting the bends doing this? Or do you need to dive deeper for that to be a problem?

When you freedive you only breathe surface air, so you won't get bent.
posted by atrazine at 6:27 AM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well, it could still have been done in multiple takes, with him doing a new jump each time one breath (or just the run where he got to the bottom and climbed up).

Anyway, pretty striking stuff! Personally, I'm a real wuss about deep dark holes in the sea and the thought of touching down at the bottom (with bare feet!) makes me shudder. Yua-hurgh-yahl.
posted by Drexen at 6:29 AM on June 5, 2010


Over the technical aspects...

I am taken by the camera angels.
And I am sitting in the comfort of my computer room, watching... hey, I am breathing.
posted by Drasher at 6:35 AM on June 5, 2010


What's over his nose, some sort of tape to seal the nostrils?

Also, I can't keep up with advertising any more. Is this an ad for Gilette? Or Red Bull? (Other than the guy's Sony Ericsson brand, of course).
posted by Nelson at 6:40 AM on June 5, 2010


If he used rocks instead of purchased weights, he could have come back up faster by leaving them on the bottom. Just sayin'...
posted by CarlRossi at 6:49 AM on June 5, 2010


That is all? That is not all - underwater rock climbing, too!
posted by richyoung at 6:57 AM on June 5, 2010 [4 favorites]


Is this an ad for Gilette? Or Red Bull?

Ball is a watch brand.
posted by smoke at 7:13 AM on June 5, 2010


Pepsi Blue/green.
posted by pompomtom at 7:14 AM on June 5, 2010


valdesm: "says here it was done in one breath, poster seems to be the free diver, Guillaume Nery"

Not only is Guillaume Nery a world champion free diver (YouTube), he is also the world champion at displaying zero fear when faced with the Underworld. It's a new category.

Actually, what is it with holes recently? There was this brown one in Guatemala, and this black one in China. Anyone noticed any other colours?
posted by HELLOWORLD at 7:15 AM on June 5, 2010


No credit for the music...what's that song, please?
posted by bonefish at 7:22 AM on June 5, 2010


Terrifying. I've always had a horror of the abyss... and to dive into it?! No way.

Not one take... from the youtube comments

Message from Guillaume Nery, the diver : "To clarify: this movie is A FICTION AND AN ARTISTIC PROJECT. I don't claim to have reached the bottom of the hole (202m) without rope and fins, as the world record in no-fins discipline is 95m.. We made this movie to show another approach in freediving videos. We wanted to express the strenght of the elements water-earth-air and the sensations of freedom, harmony, exploration Shot with a canon 5D mark II Music: you make me feel - ARCHIVE "
posted by sea at 7:25 AM on June 5, 2010 [12 favorites]


Even if it was shot with multiple takes. There is still some beauty and artistry to what is going on. Jumping like that is risky and I think it's pretty awesome.
posted by Fizz at 7:39 AM on June 5, 2010


Send this man down to the Gulf of Mexico!
posted by alms at 7:47 AM on June 5, 2010 [8 favorites]


Luc Besson's The Big Blue is about free diving. And there was an article about it in last August's New Yorker (sorry, full article is not on line.)

The Besson movie is awesome. I dreamed about that for a long time after seeing the film. Brrrrrr.
posted by warbaby at 8:02 AM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


That is awesome. I've had dreams where I've been able to climb like that.
posted by Flashman at 8:10 AM on June 5, 2010


My favorite part was the Spider-man climb back out. That looks like fun.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:40 AM on June 5, 2010


That is what the 12 FEET end of the pool looked like to me when I was little.
posted by everichon at 9:09 AM on June 5, 2010 [10 favorites]


Pepsi Big Blue.
posted by w0mbat at 9:21 AM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's a bit melodramatic, I feel, but beautifully shot. Really makes me want to get wet; makes me miss the warm ocean terribly.
posted by Pecinpah at 9:31 AM on June 5, 2010


warbaby: that film has the most absolutely stunning and beautiful ending of any movie I've ever seen.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 9:32 AM on June 5, 2010


The imagery is good, but once I saw an oil spill graphic comparing divers, submarines, Deep Horizon, and some mega deep oil wells, it pretty much ruined this kind of thing for me. Recreational scuba divers go 130' at best... Knowing that, I assumed this would be some kind of exercise in film-making. He may be diving into a big black hole...but I knew he wouldn't be going 500' in that get-up. "A" for effort/concept, "C" for outcome.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 9:59 AM on June 5, 2010


everichon: "That is what the 12 FEET end of the pool looked like to me when I was little."

That's what it looks like to me now! :(
posted by symbioid at 10:04 AM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


The fact that this was shot with a Canon 5d also floors me.

And the divey no breathing parts.
posted by Lord_Pall at 10:04 AM on June 5, 2010


> No credit for the music...what's that song, please?

You Make Me Feel - Archive
posted by mrzarquon at 10:14 AM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


He set a world record at 109 m. That's a tad over 350 feet. About 3 minutes down and back up again.
posted by warbaby at 10:16 AM on June 5, 2010


this is the article that I read years ago that inspired me to start freediving. Now that the atlantic has released their archives for free public consumption, you can read it too.
posted by spacediver at 10:21 AM on June 5, 2010


Nelson, that stuff over his nose is probably there to allow him to perform valsalvas, or more likely, frenzels without his hands.
posted by spacediver at 10:25 AM on June 5, 2010


What took so long?
posted by girdyerloins at 11:02 AM on June 5, 2010


Beautifully shot
posted by aesacus at 11:05 AM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is this an ad for Gilette? Or Red Bull?

It says Sony Ericsson on his back where his parachute should be.
posted by hypersloth at 11:15 AM on June 5, 2010


Cool video, nice music. My favorite part is also the climb back up. Someone needs to build an underwater playground with trees that you can climb up and leap from.
posted by iamgoat at 1:00 PM on June 5, 2010


I could not watch (though I might try again) that black abyss is too terrifying, and here I am watching this video from the comfort of my home. Brrrr.
posted by seawallrunner at 1:19 PM on June 5, 2010


That was seriously amazing.
posted by garnetgirl at 1:46 PM on June 5, 2010


Was I the only one who initially thought this was shot in one breath, and then tried (and failed) to hold their breath for the length of the movie?
posted by FuzzyLumpkins at 3:18 PM on June 5, 2010


That almost gave me a panic attack. Falling down a black, airless, bottomless hole is absolutely at the bottom of the list of things I feel like I need to accomplish.
posted by Jon-o at 4:53 PM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


It took two panicked stops before I could actually come back to this and watch it all the way through. I was actually surprised by what a visceral effect the initial image of his dive over that blackness had on me...I usually *love* diving videos because I can't do it myself and it's a vicarious thrill. The second time I attempted to watch it, it was that moment when he swam into the cloudy (inky?) water and disappeared from view that made my finger slam down on the pause button.

Part of my brain feels that anything that freaks me out this much is kinda, sorta awesome. We're odd creatures, aren't we?
posted by squasha at 5:45 PM on June 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah, that's Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas. It's 202 meters deep, there's no way he got all the way down and back up without fins and without tanks. But the video is cool, and freaky.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 10:50 PM on June 5, 2010


Yeah, as spacediver says, the tape over his nose is to keep it closed so that he can equalise without using his hands to pinch it closed. Those goggles will be filled with a fluid like contact lens solution so that they don't pinch due to the pressure.

The space between your outer ear and your inner ear is filled with air, and connected to your sinuses with the Eustachian tubes. Those tubes are usually closed, and they will close up completely under pressure, so you have to equalise continuously or your outer eardrum will burst. The easiest technique to equalise is to blow against a pinched closed nose, this is the valsalva manuever, the most advanced is the Frenzel technique which requires conscious control over your epiglottis and hard palate.

Basically you close the epiglottis to isolate the mouth+nose from your lungs, open your hard palate so that pressure can travel from mouth to nose, then click your tongue backwards like a piston so that the pressure rises, pushes open the tubes and equalises your middle ears. This is as hard to learn as it sounds.
posted by atrazine at 2:27 AM on June 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


HELLOWORLD: "valdesm: "says here it was done in one breath, poster seems to be the free diver, Guillaume Nery"

Not only is Guillaume Nery a world champion free diver (YouTube), he is also the world champion at displaying zero fear when faced with the Underworld. It's a new category.

Actually, what is it with holes recently? There was this brown one in Guatemala, and this black one in China. Anyone noticed any other colours?
"

How 'bout Blue?
posted by bwg at 4:35 AM on June 6, 2010


Free divers generally don't get the bends as they are not down long enough for it to occur.
posted by bwg at 4:37 AM on June 6, 2010


I'm glad that people have mentioned the Big Blue in response to this, because seeing "world champion freediver" in a comment instantly made me think of that movie. As I was telling you earlier...

It's not necessarily the most virile sport in the world, though.
posted by tigrrrlily at 10:21 AM on June 6, 2010


That looked like so much fun I'm disappointed that it's not actually humanly possible and that it took a world champion athlete just to fake it. :( Still, cool video.
posted by Submiqent at 4:48 PM on June 6, 2010


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