Why would someone want to break the world free-diving record? Its an exercise in self abuse. But I guess that's true of so many feats humans are tempted to undertake. Riding the Tour de France, climbing Everest and sailing non-stop single-handed circumnavigations are all tough rows to hoe. But there is something about free-diving that is so immediate. You are choosing to just about kill yourself with asphyxiation. Now that's commitment!
But when I watched this, I was mesmerized by the beauty of his form and rhythm. He looks like a creature that has been molded into a super-swimmer by eons of steady evolutionary pressure, like a sea turtle or a seal.
And then when he reaches the surface--is he about to pass out? Is he partially passed out already? Look at how long it takes him to get the energy up to wave his fist in the air.