The boring part of static apnea for spectators and judges alike: having to wait long minutes before the action comes on – © Uly Silkey

Rhein-Main-Cup 2006

Wiesbaden, Germany, October 21, 2006

This is William Winram’s first attendance of a strictly indoor competition this year, the RMC hosting two events in one day, static apnea in the morning and dynamic in the afternoon, with a choice of either dynamic apnea (DNY) or dynamic apnea without fins (DNF). The choice had to take place upon registration, not at the competition itself.

The thing is, Winram wanted to compete in DNF to place himself on the world ranking list for 2006 in this discipline. But by choosing to compete in DNF, he would achieve a lesser distance than in DYN, therefore achieving fewer points. Winram also wanted to win the Cup. In order to do that, he would have to excel in static and hope for the best in the afternoon.

With 7 minutes and 4 seconds, William placed first in the event, with a significant advance on other athletes since the next competitor set a time at 6 minutes and 26 seconds. Nonetheless, he knew he had to give his all in the afternoon event.

Having announced 116 meters (his then-current DNF record), he was one of the last competitors to go. In the twenty-five-meter pool, Winram swam five lengths and a few more meters. He surfaced at 139 meters, not only pushing his record by 23 meters but also winning the Rhein-Main-Cup.

Sometimes competitive freediving is indeed about strategy. With 139 meters in DNF, Winram ranked third in the world in 2006.