MAÏORCA, Enzo

Italy (1931-2016)

Last updated: July 27, 2017 at 20:58 pm

Competitive freediver; politician; environmental campaigner; author; set 17 freediving records in the 60s and 70s; first man to freedive beyond 50 m (164 ft); his many feats were fictionalised in the film The Big Blue (1988); took out an injunction to prevent screenings of the film in his native Italy to avoid being associated with the bullying Big Blue character Enzo Molinari who duels throughout the film with Frenchman Jacques Mayol (the injunction was lifted shortly after Mayol’s death in 2002); banned from television after cursing during a live broadcast of a record attempt that resulted in a collision with an underwater photographer (see video below) in 1974; elected to the Italian senate for the Alleanza Nazionale party in 1994; father of Rossana Maïorca; a.k.a. Lord of the Abysses.

“Doctors were creating barriers for us and I admit that at the time it worried me. Even Aristotle claimed a man could dive no deeper than 30 ft.” — Enzo Maïorca

It would take too long to expand upon the differences in personality between the two Enzos. The true one is much less surly, much more of a dreamer, idealistic and cerebral.” — Enzo Maïorca

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