PELIZZARI, Umberto

Italy (1965- )

Last updated: December 16, 2019 at 4:12 am

Competitive freediver and former world champion; founded Apnea Academy of freediving; he is the only competitor to have established world records in all the disciplines of freediving that existed during his career; helped create AIDA in 1994; his rivalry with Pipin Ferreras was the subject of Ocean Men: Extreme Dive, in 2001; television host; co-author of Manual of Freediving with Stefano Tovaglieri.

“My heartbeat slows to eight pulses a minute, and I forget my body. At extreme depth, I am conscious only of my soul.” — Umberto Pelizzari

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