View from a beach in Sabang, Aceh. (Shutterstock/File)
More than 40 international freediving athletes will take part in Sail Sabang 2017 that will be held in Sabang, Aceh from Nov. 28 until Dec. 2.
Sail Sabang 2017 will feature the Freediving Competition 2017 and it will be held at Balohan Bay in Sabang from Nov. 26 until Dec. 1.
Freediving itself is an underwater diving activity that relies on divers’ ability to hold their breath as long as they can until resurfacing.
“There are already 40 athletes who have confirmed their participation. They will come from Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, Australia, the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Belgium, Thailand, China and other countries,” explained Tourism Ministry’s archipelago tourism marketing development deputy Esthy Reko Astuti.
Among these dozens of athletes, two are world-record holders. The first one is New Zealander William Trubridge whose accolades include 237 meters Dynamic with Fins (DYN), 102 meters Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF), 187 meters Dynamic Without Fins (DNF), 121 meters Constant Weight (CWT), 124 meters Free Immersion (FIM) and seven minutes and 29 seconds Static Apnea (STA).
The second world record-holder is Russian Alexey Molchanov whose accolades include 258 meters Dynamic with Fins (DYN), 96 meters Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF), 195 meters Dynamic Without Fins (DNF), 129 meters Constant Weight (CWT), 124 meters Free Immersion (FIM) and eight minutes and 33 seconds Static Apnea (STA).
The committee has prepared a total prize of Rp. 200 million for winners of this competition.
Other than the Freediving Competition, Sail Sabang also holds Sabang Underwater Photo Contest 2017 where participants will capture the beauty of Sabang ocean with their cameras. This competition is divided into five categories: Compact wide angle, compact macro, DSLR wide angle, DSLR macro, people and conservation and Freediving UW Photo.
“The total prize is also Rp. 200 million and it will be assessed by five international and local judges,” said Esthy.
This competition is free of charge, and participants can sign up and get more information about the underwater photo competition in several diving operators in Sabang such as Rubiah Tirta Divers, Lumba-Lumba Diving Centre, The Pade Dive Resort, Moster Divers, Pulau Weh Dive Resorts, Iboih Dive Centre, Bubble Addict and Seagate. The registration will open starting Nov. 28. (asw)