As a tribute to his late wife Audrey Mestre, Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras is publicly announcing his attempt to match the absolute world record in Freediving No-Limits of 170 meters (557.7 feet) held by Audrey. She passed away in October 12, 2002 in the waters of Bayahibe, Dominican Republic, while attempting to break the world record she had just set three days before her tragic attempt.

 “Pipin” Ferreras was the previous absolute record holder with 162 meters (531.4 feet) before Audrey Mestre established the new absolute record. Pipin’s previous record was set in January 18, 2000 making this upcoming event his first attempt ever since.

 Freediving is an athletic water sport that requires being in state of apnea (breath-hold) while submerged. Inhaling from artificial man-made breathing devices such as SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) is prohibited. No-Limits is a category in which the athlete uses a special device called the Sled, to plunge into the ocean through a guide cable or rope. The mechanism is a two-part sleigh comprised of the bottom section which carries the weight, cameras and housings) and the top section, which carries a lift bag to soars the athlete back to the surface once the target depth has been reached.  

No-Limits is the deepest and most extreme category in freediving and demands total focus, an absolute state of concentration, outstanding physical condition and supreme auto-control.  

The event will take place in a location,  yet to be determined between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, FL on Monday, August 11 of the current year. This date has an even more extraordinary meaning, for it is our dearly departed Audrey’s date of birth. We cordially invite the press to assist to this historical event. For more information, contact the person and numbers below.


What: Freediving World Record attempt

Who: By “Pipin” Ferreras

When: August 11, 2003

Where: Miami, FL or Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Why: Tribute to his late wife Audrey Mestre


Contact: IAFD, Barbara Panton - Phone: (305) 861-1020 / Fax: (305) 861-1020 / Email: