I freedivers,

I should have made that post like a year ago but David did such a good job with the video related to that trip that I was to lazy to write more about it. On the other hand, all the participants made very nice pictures, so I think they deserved to be published...better last than never :D.

This trip started in a special way for me...because I missed my plane! That's a first for me! So, instead of having a direct flight from Charleroi to Zadar...My journey was (first to drive from Charleroi to Brussels in the morning) and then a first flight from Brussels to Zagreb and a second flight from Zagreb to Split, landing around 10pm.

That is not the airport I was supposed to arrive to :/

That is not the airport I was supposed to arrive to :/

Luckily David came to pick me up together with Inge and Alexis because we still had to drive 1h30 to arrive to Pakostane...So, that was very nice to see the face of my vriends after more than 12h of travel...Even if I missed the very nice evening activity that David had foreseen for the group.

 

 

Damn, I missed that! (Photos by Istvan Vasas).
Damn, I missed that! (Photos by Istvan Vasas).

Damn, I missed that! (Photos by Istvan Vasas).

Damn, I missed that too with my mate :D.

Damn, I missed that too with my mate :D.

Next morning, I'm ready to rock with the magnificent 9 who decided to join David and me for the third time (see Pakostane in 2013 and in May 2014), namely Alexis, Dimitri, Inge, Istvan, Paul, Romain and Valérie, Sandra and Wouter.  

Breakfast! (photo by Paul Troisfontaines).

Breakfast! (photo by Paul Troisfontaines).

Alexis (photo by Romain).

Alexis (photo by Romain).

Dimitri (photo by Romain).

Dimitri (photo by Romain).

Inge and Istvan (photo by Alexis Servaes).

Inge and Istvan (photo by Alexis Servaes).

Romain (photo by Alexis Servaes) and Valérie (photo by Romain).
Romain (photo by Alexis Servaes) and Valérie (photo by Romain).

Romain (photo by Alexis Servaes) and Valérie (photo by Romain).

Sandra (photo by Alexis Servaes).

Sandra (photo by Alexis Servaes).

Wouter (photo by Alexis Servaes).

Wouter (photo by Alexis Servaes).

David (photo by Romain) and Captain Tvrtko (photo by Alexis Servaes).
David (photo by Romain) and Captain Tvrtko (photo by Alexis Servaes).

David (photo by Romain) and Captain Tvrtko (photo by Alexis Servaes).

After loading The Luigia with all our equipement, we left for the sea looking for nice freediving spots during the week.

Photo by Paul Troisfontaines.

Photo by Paul Troisfontaines.

Photo by Istvan Vasas.

Photo by Istvan Vasas.

Photos by Paul Troisfontaines.
Photos by Paul Troisfontaines.

Photos by Paul Troisfontaines.

At a certain point, we could spot a dolphin, close to the fish farm. I didn't think too much about it, I just put my mask and my fins on and I jumped into the water to reach him/her. This "close encounter"  (from a few meters away) was a first for me! I will never forgot his/her voice when singing :-).

Photos by Alexis Servaes.
Photos by Alexis Servaes.

Photos by Alexis Servaes.

Inge and Dimitri took benefit of this trip to follow an AIDA level 3 freediving course with me. Theory and depth training but also training in natural pool :-). Congratulations to them, they did a very good job and got certified!

Inge and Dimitri studying :-) (photo by Alexis Servaes).Inge and Dimitri studying :-) (photo by Alexis Servaes).

Inge and Dimitri studying :-) (photo by Alexis Servaes).

Static and dynamic training (photo by Sandra Gottcheiner).
Static and dynamic training (photo by Sandra Gottcheiner).

Static and dynamic training (photo by Sandra Gottcheiner).

Again, we had a lot of very good photographers on board, that's why I could not avoid publishing a post on this trip (even if I'm doing it 1.5 year later) :D.

Photo by Alexis Servaes.

Photo by Alexis Servaes.

Photo by Paul Troisfontaines.

Photo by Paul Troisfontaines.

Sunset in Pakostane (photo by Romain).

Sunset in Pakostane (photo by Romain).

The last evening was epic...We had dinner at Jure's Eco Farm, located on the shore of Vrana's lake. Food and drink were great! I would paraphrase Homer by saying..."To Raki, the cause of...and solution to...all of life's problems" :D. Jure is a local legend, so is its van when visiting his land late at night...I won't say more, the pictures speak for themselves :-).

Jure and Istvan (photo by Romain).

Jure and Istvan (photo by Romain).

Last evening dinner at Jure's is a must from now on! (photo by Romain).

Last evening dinner at Jure's is a must from now on! (photo by Romain).

The Van (photo by Romain).

The Van (photo by Romain).

Paul, Istvan, Tvrtko and myself when driving "safely" (photo by Romain).

Paul, Istvan, Tvrtko and myself when driving "safely" (photo by Romain).

This was the visibility during that trip :D (photo by Romain).

This was the visibility during that trip :D (photo by Romain).

Gorgeous sky full of stars...We could observe the Milky Way! (photo by Romain).

Gorgeous sky full of stars...We could observe the Milky Way! (photo by Romain).

Perfect end (photo by Romain).
Perfect end (photo by Romain).

Perfect end (photo by Romain).

To me, this was again a successful freediving trip to Pakostane, thanks again to all the participants and to David for the perfect organization. What a wonderdful group of friends!

I'll be back :D

Feli

Happy me :D (photo by Romain).

Happy me :D (photo by Romain).

Tag(s) : #UniversalFreedivers, #Pakostane, #VillaLena, #LuigiaTour, #ApnéeEnMilieuNaturel, #ApnéeEntrePotes, #FormationAIDAUF

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