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Frreediving the North Pole

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Oct 29, 2001
This can be fairly good PR, or not?
I do not know, any thoughts?

Kristijan "Kike" Curavic will Freedive under ice:


The polar packice drifts across the North Pole. Beneath the Pole lies 4000-meter deep crystal clear water. No one has ever freedived at the North Pole. In April 2003 Kristijan Curavic will set his new freediving record at the top of the world. The experienced producer Stig Andersen from Nordisk Film AS will film and produce the TV-documentary from the event.

This will be the extreme sport event of the year. All the elements are there to satisfy a thrill-hungry audience: Images from a world never seen on TV. The badly broken driftice forms a jagged blue roof above the divers. Light shines through the ice. The ”human fish” will set an astonishing record, following the axis of the earth to 55 meters depth and back with only holding his breath. The North Pole has always fascinated people. It still does. This is a totally new way to see the Pole, from the water below the ice.

Safety is number one priority. A team consisting of 10 people, safety divers, cameramen and a doctor, will travel from Svalbard to the Russian base ”Borneo” at 89 degrees North in the end of April 2003. Here the team will train, film and make the final preparation before the actual record. Borneo is situated about 100 kilometres from the North Pole, only half an hour flight with one of the helicopter stationed at Borneo. The renowned polar explorer Børge Ousland will organise the logistics and support the team with his advice and experience.

When Kristijan is ready and Nordisk Film has enough general film-material, they leave for the Pole. At the Pole they need to make an improvised camp and cut a hole through the ice. Temperature at the Pole is around –30 C, but by now the crew will be well trained in these procedures. The film crew closely follows the whole process.

The safety divers enter the water. Cameramen are ready both in the water and on the surface, Kristijan prepare himself mentally, relaxes and meditate in a heated tent nearby. When he is ready to perform he enters the water. Before he goes deep he does a few short dives to get accustomed to the cold and the new surroundings. When he is ready for the final dive, he does his breathing techniques, to expand lungs and flush out CO2. Lungs fills to max and then he dives.

Following a line, but not touching it, Kristijan slides like a dolphin downwards. Even strokes with his flippers, the mind empty and relaxed, concentrated only on the task; deeper and deeper into the darkness. After approximately 1-½ minutes he is at the bottom of the line at 55 meters, where he grabs a tag -the technical proof that he has been there. Now it is only the difficult part left, getting back to the surface before his oxygen-starved body collapses. Safetydivers follows closely on the way up. The whole dive is filmed by divers and by the camera mounted to Kristijans’s head. After another 1-1 ½ minutes he breaks the surface at great speed with his body halfway above the water, an explosive moment.
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