Imagine what 101 meters (331 feet) looks like. Picture the entire length of a football field, including the end zones. Now add another football field to your sight and flip the image vertically and see it completely underwater. Would you go so far as to imagine yourself free-diving (no external breathing device or scuba gear) down that hole, let alone getting 100 meters down?

For William Trubridge, this was a record to beat in just one breath. In this hair-raising video directed by Matthew Brown and written and produced by William Trubridge himself, see an attempt to relay those moments not caught on camera, but actually lived by the person defying the record. Hectometer – World Record is a visual poem of Trubridge’s dive 101 meters below the surface at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas that took place on December 16, 2010.

HECTOMETER – World Record from Matthew Brown (Matty Brown) on Vimeo.

Image from B B, Arc-light on the flickr Creative Commons

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  • mandrews

    I remember watching a documentary on a woman who attempted this. I don’t believe that she was trying to break any record, but she ended up dying because the anchor that was to pull her back up malfunctioned, and she had to swim back to the surface, but she couldn’t hold her breath that long. It was really sad… I’m glad this guy made it.