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Kike the World Champion

63 meters

7 min and 1 sec

Who is he and what's this all about?

"Kike" - remember this name! He is the next overall world record holder in the extreme sport of free diving! He currently holds the Scandinavian and Croatian records.Kike the Viking

"Kike", real name Kristijan Curovic, was born in Croatia in 1974 - but he's been living and training in Oslo, Norway, for the past 15 years. He graduated from Norwegian Commercial Diving School in 1993, and became the first professional free diver in Scandinavia in 1998 ! Professional free diving is big business - and the world best divers come from Italy, France, Spain, U.S.A. and Australia.

"Kike" grew up on an island is the Adriatic sea, and helped his grandfather who was a hard-hat diver, with his diving jobs.

Nobody believed him when he told the other divers how deep he could go - without breathing - that's when he decided to become the one person in the world who has dived deeper than anybody else. From the day he turned 16 until he was 19 - he had acquired all relevant international sports diving certificates and professional diving certificates. It was time to get serious.

At the age of 21, "Kike" decided it was time to go for the world free diving record, currently held by Umberto Pelizzari of Italy. Umberto was so impressed with "Kikes" early achievements, that he developed a training program specificallyKike surfacing for this rising star. "Kike" still trains with the Master today and follows his training program religiously - training 8 to 9 hours every day, 6 days a week. This includes physical training - including a minimum 5000 metre swim - as well as mental "toughening", breathing techniques and yoga. His aim is to set new world records in all 5 disciplines of free diving; "Constant Weight" - normal weather conditions, "Constant Weight" - Artic conditions (under the ice), "Variable", "No Limits" and "Apnea Static".

"Kike" is certainly no stranger to extreme conditions - holding your breath under ice cold water for as long as possible would be right up there towards the top of the list in terms of pushing the limits of human endurance. A bleak wintery day in 1996 "Kike" entered the cold waters just outside Oslo, sea temperature was 0 Celcius, air temparature a chilling -10 Celcius. The goal was to stay under the ice at 10 meters depth for as long as he could. The result was an amazing 3 minutes and 11 seconds.

"Kike" achieved a 4th placing in the World Championships held in Sardinia in 1998. The Master, Umberto Pelizzari, has written about this exciting young man on numerous occasions in various magazines, and even included this comment in his biography; "Kristiajan - "Kike" is the hope of the future for free diving".

"Kike" set the world record for "Constant Weight" - Artic Conditions - on February 22nd 1999, diving under the ice in Bunnefjorden, just outside Oslo, Norway.

"Kike" uses Hebalife Products as part of his training - find out why.

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