Eric Fattah set a new Canadian and North American constant weight record today, at the Vertical Blue Competition, with a depth of 104m! This makes him the ninth-deepest man in the world. Here is what he wrote about his dive:“I did my new breathing pattern and over and over went over the complex execution of the ascent that I have been working on lately.
I packed vertically, got light headed, waited 15 seconds, then finished my packing and started. The early descent was good, but I was very hesitant. I still thought I may turn at 90m. The 70m alarm went off, and I couldn’t deny that I was actually having a good dive. I thought that if I DO turn early, I will have to go through this whole thing again… why not get it over with now? So I decided to go for it. The 97m alarm went off, and I draped my leading hand on the line… waiting for the plate at 104m… I grabbed a tag blindly and stuck it to my suit, my head buzzing from narcosis in the absolute utter darkness where the line was completely invisible from 90m.I started the ascent, fast kicks with my arms by my side for 40 kicks. Then the 50m alarm went off, as planned. I then concentrated on the final 25m execution which is complicated especially when hypoxic and narked. I surfaced, and with more CO2 from the reduced breathe-up, I gasped for several breaths, eyes closed, trying to get a grasp on things, as everyone yelled at me to take off my goggles. I took off my goggles and gave the OK sign. Clean! I tried to reach the tag but my tag holder had fallen to my ankles in the last sprint. Eventually I raised my entire monofin out of the water to show the tag around my ankles. Many cheers and a white card!”