Suunto Watch Hosts Vertical Blue

Suunto is supporting the 2013 Vertical Blue, a nine-day freediving competition at Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas.

The annual event began on November 9th, with 36 athletes from 16 countries taking part. The competition is organised by Suunto ambassador and dual world record freediver William Trubridge.

"Suunto Vertical Blue is a really unique competition," said Mika Holappa, Business Unit Director at Suunto Dive. "Dean's Blue Hole is an amazing location and the freedivers are some of the most inspiring athletes around. We're very pleased to be supporting this event once again and wish everyone the best of luck."

Dean's Blue Hole is the world's deepest vertical cave of its kind, with a depth of 203 metres. Each competitor will make six official dives in their attempt to obtain the Suunto Vertical Blue Championship title, with prizes including almost $20,000 in cash and a selection of Suunto products.

Speaking before the event, William Trubridge said: "The biggest names in men's freediving will be there and will go to their body's absolute limit in order to secure a title or medal! But Suunto Vertical Blue is more than just a competition - it has a convivial atmosphere that makes it special. We have people who haven't trained for long and are diving to 30-50 metres, right up to the biggest names in the sport, who are setting national or world records at almost every event."

Trubridge wears a Suunto Elementum Aqua watch, which is water resistant to a depth of 200 metres. It has an automatic dive mode function that uses a sensor to detect as soon as the watch is submerged in water, and a dive log sufficient for 14 data sets. The recording mode is activated automatically when the underwater depth reaches 1.2 metres.

The Suunto Elementum Aqua is available now.