“Ocean Gravity”: Watch Champion Freediver Guillaume Néry Ride Undersea Ocean Currents

by Owen James Burke

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Screen shot from Guillaume Néry and Julie Gautier’s film, “Ocean Gravity”

Roughly 220 miles (355 km) Northeast of Tahiti lies Tiputa Pass, a strait on the northwest of Rangiroa Atoll in French Polynesia. Champion freediver Guillaume Néry dove into its heart on a single breath as he drifted along weightlessly at roughly 30 meters beneath the surface. There’s a certain depth at sea, a grace point or threshold, that allows a person to become neutrally buoyant, almost as if they were on the moon. In a way, you could argue that Néry wasn’t far from it, either.

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Screen shot from Guillaume Néry and Julie Gautier’s film, “Ocean Gravity”

“My diving has always propelled my imagination to the fantasy of space conquest. To touch the sea floor or to set foot on an unexplored planet, here are two fascinating adventures which feed my thirst of the unknown. The discovery of this quite unique place, the Tiputa Pass, made it possible to put the visual closeness of two universes – water and air, ocean and space – into film.”

— Guillaume Néry

Video below:

Filmed by Julie Gautier, directed by (and featuring) Guillaume Néry.

Guillaume Néry specializes in constant weight free diving, for which he broke the world record in 2002, reaching a depth of 87 meters in Villefranche-sur-Mer Harbor in the south of France. Read more on their website — OJB

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