DISCOVERING WHAT HE WAS BORN TO DO
Carlos Angustia (Spanish for Worry) for his last name Augusto Cifontes. According to his relatives he was a very disobedient boy, a very ambitious boy. He was really surrounded with the constant appetite of reaching nature and, or challenge himself to every type of sport.
During his adolescence, while studying Mechanical Engineering, around 1996, a study that he founded extremely fascinating. He used to enjoy the combination of surfing and judo (hyper link photo of Carlos doing judo) for Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). In 1997 he began a very strong curiosity for underwater sports such as Freediving (hyperlink to image or info) and Spear Fishing (Hyperlink to image). He was so devoted to those two that he completely abandoned judo and dedicate his complete time to underwater sports; Body board surfing, spear fishing and mostly Freediving.
A the end of ’97, he started to check good competitive results in spear fishing and freediving quite a few first places there on national level. Around 1999, he faces his first important decision in dedicating more time to either the fishing or the freediving. His ambitious attitude made him go to freediving a sport that at the most upcoming disciplines that year, very new extreme depths.
first photo of freediving around 1997-1999)
In 2000, he had none new millennium proposition. Carlos has always been attracted to the stars, a person who carries out his passion to wonder beyond the limits of the human being. He decided to form the very first national freediving team of Venezuela to compete the world championship of freediving at Nice by AIDA; International association of Freediving development AIDA: hyper link in pop out to their logo and webpage). Placed third and shocked of the capabilities of the team.
The following year, they were expecting to reach podium one of the members get a Disqualification and obtained place 11th. For that reason Carlos observed his abilities were at a higher level than his teammates, he visualized very outstanding and international depths. He feels the need to train individually and plans the very first world record in name of his country Venezuela.
In October, 2002, at Puerto Cruz, Venezuela he presented his first event “Reto en el Abismo” (hyperlink logo: challenging the abyss) put a landmark in Venezuela. A very touching victory given the recent circumstances the country has been through. Carlos gave his country two WR in Free-Immersion (FI) (-93m) and Constant Weight (CW) all within one week. Carlos had gained attention from the entire nation, he gave an audience of people, including children, and he gave them a reason keep going forward.
Up until 2002, he had already broken a few records in all kind of freediving disciplines exploring new challenging depths.
TWO WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER THAN ONE
In 2003, together with his by then girlfriend Gaby Contreras decide to go for a bigger event, and a much bigger world record, an event filled with a public that will make history forever. This historic event, took place in the national park of Mochima, Venezuela. On October the 3rd that year Carlos sets a new Free Immersion record (-101 meters: Hyperlink video to the record) and becomes the first human being in breaking the -100 meter barrier by holding his breath and without assistance; approved by Guinness: Hyperlink to guinness information about the record and AIDA.
The following year, Coste is on a streak and sets two more world records. The first one takes place in Cyprus, at the highest level of international freediving, the BIOS Open Classic 2004. Coste with his desire to surpass his limits on constant weight (CW) the discipline all have eyes on during the championship. He puts his name in the books once again that summer with -102 meters. A few months later in October, Carlos sets the Variable Weight ( hyperlink to information plus link to deepsea challenge) world record at -135 meters.
In 2005, the AIDA association organized the very first Individual World Championship of Constant Weight in Nice, France. An elite event the most outstanding freedivers of the world attended to and Carlos stands first on the podium with a new world record: -105 meters, a distance that will set him apart from the world’s best; the French. In fact, the record was a shocking distance for “Les Bleus” who has witnessed the same depth distance years back by Jaques Mayol in No limits; the disciplined portrayed in the movie Big Blue: Hyperlink to the trailer with Luc Besson. This tremendous achievement was published in the Guinness Book in 2007; Hyperlink to a photo of the publication.
Carlos Coste had done what no other human was thought of doing and earned the Freediving King title among his rivals, because of his unbeatable streak. Carlos had gained the respect he deserved in the Freediving scene.
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In May 2006, during Reto en el Abismo, an event that had gained the attention of the public and press, took place in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt: Hyperlink to image of the platform at Egypt. Carlos set a new world record (-140m) in Variable weight, a historical day, over 100 freedivers had the privilege to witness this feat. This World record remained unbeaten until 2009.
NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS YOU NEVER GIVE UP
If you would define Carlos, you could describe him as a very determined and dedicated man. His devotion to reach the unknown and to surpass the limits of any other human, leads him to his next challenge: reaching the -200 meter mark in the No Limits; the most extreme and dangerous discipline.
Then, Carlos sets a date, September 23th, 2006 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt will be the date of the record. Unfortunately, on the September 12th, on a training day the freediver suffers a stroke after reaching -182 meters (one meter behind the world record to that date). Carlos accident caused brain damage resulting in a partial dysfunction on the left side of his body. After this near sudden death he faced the most difficult time in his professional career.
After the accident, Coste was transferred to Murnau, Germany where experts in trauma treated Carlos with the hope of returning his life back to normal. Months were to come, including Fifty-four sessions of Hyperbaric Chamber: Hyperlink to info, neurologic physical therapy, physical and mental training will be the scheduled activities for the following months. Carlos had prepared mentally to reach his next challenge: A full recovery and return to his home; the se
After nearly a year away from the sea, his determination to never give up helped him manage to control nearly 100% of his body. His dedication and mental strength helped him retake his life, and his will returned him what is most dear to him; competitive freediving. Not long after. in July 2007 Carlos decides to attend the World Championship of Dynamic Freediving: Hyperlink to description at Arhus, Denmark and breaks a South American Record (187m DYN: Hyperlink to photo). The same year, he returns to the ocean at the World Championship of Individual Freediving, an event he had won twice in previous occasions and secures the podium once again, a well deserved 3rd place in Constant Weight (103m).
Despite the terrible accident, Carlos Coste has managed to stay among the top freedivers of the world. In 2009, he broke new continental records; both in dynamic and in depth freediving. In 2011, he placed second of the world at Greece in Constant Weight and established a new Pan-American record (-116m), one meter below the world’s champion.
Coste could be best defined as a passionate sportsman, a man that constantly sets new barriers to surpass and challenges to take. Nonetheless, his passion is shared, since 1999 Carlos has had an unconditional support from Gaby Contreras, his partner, coach and manager; the person who has organized every single world record event. In June 2010, the successful couple decides to get hitched in Cubagua Island, Venezuela.
Moreover, Coste has continued a gradual formation as freediving instructor. Even so that he has made his life’s work to let people get to know the sport not only through his amazing records but through instructions and workshops. The freediver has also formed very new and talented freedivers. Coming from a life and death experience, Carlos works is a very successful person in showing how powerful the mind can be if you believe in yourself. Until today he’s invited across the world to offer motivational and self improvement seminars for business and institutes.
In addition, Carlos is a person that sees Freediving not only as a sport but more as a type of lifestyle. His adventurous attitude to promote and preserve nature has taken him to submerge in the most extreme places. For example, reaching bottom (-56m) at Laguna Del Santo Cristo, Venezuela: Hyperlink to images of the record, a lake in the Andes at 3900 meter above sea level; extreme low water temperatures and nearly no underwater visibility.
Another incredible deed has been the first human being to travel 150 meters in Dynamic Freediving: Hyperlink to information in underwater caves (Cenotes: Hyperlink to world record video) at the Riviera Maya, Mexico; a world record confirmed by Guinness in November 2010.
Carlos Coste, a man that has been witness of very incredible endeavors. A man respected by the elite of worldwide freedivers, not just by his competitive attributes but because of his continuous boundary breaking character. Today Carlos is an 11 time world record holder and has been shown in many national and international broadcasters.
A pesar de tantos logros y metas alcanzadas, Carlos Coste sigue siendo un apasionado de su disciplina y nunca ha dejado de plantearse nuevos retos y desafíos, acompañado siempre por el apoyo incondicional de Gaby Contreras, quien desde los inicios de su carrera ha sido su pareja, su coach y su manager, y la organizadora de todos sus Intentos de Records. En el año 2010, esta dupla exitosa quienes estaban juntos desde el año 1999, deciden formalizar su relación y contraen matrimonio en junio del 2010, en la Isla de Cubagua-Venezuela.
Paralelamente, Coste ha continuado con su formación como instructor de apnea, lo que le llevó a crear su propia escuela. Otro de sus grandes objetivos es dar a conocer este deporte no solo con sus logros sino a través de sus cursos, charlas y talleres. Así como también, formando nuevos talentos emergentes en el mundo de la apnea. Otra de sus facetas en las que ha sido muy exitoso es dictando conferencias y seminarios de motivación y superación personal en empresas e instituciones, no sólo en Venezuela sino en muchos otros países.
Coste no se ha conformado con llevar sus récords sólo al plano deportivo, ese espíritu aventurero de promoción y conservación de la naturaleza lo ha llevado a sumergirse en lugares tan extremos como la Laguna del Santo Cristo, un cuerpo de agua de origen glaciar (Estado Mérida, Venezuela) a una altura de 3900 msnm, donde se sumergió y tocó e fondo de la laguna a -56 metros, temperaturas extremas, con visibilidad casi nula. Otra reto destacable, ha sido la inmersión en apnea dinámica horizontal de 150 metros en las cuevas sumergidas de la Riviera Maya-México, conocidas como Cenotes, en Noviembre de 2010 que le valió un nuevo Récord Mundial Guinness.
Este hombre ha sido protagonista de impresionantes hazañas deportivas, que incluso hasta los más experimentados colegas de su deporte han reconocido, no sólo desde el punto de vista deportivo sino desde el lado humano y de superación personal. Cuenta con 11 records mundiales hasta la fecha. Fue elegido como un Superhumano: “El Hombre Pez”, de la famosa serie de televisión: Superhumanos Latinoamerica de History Channel.
Today, Carlos and Gaby reside in Bonaire, on the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean. Since 2013, they have worked in the development of the Deepsea Freediving School: An institution with the purpose of promoting the island, the beauty of the sea and the amazing capabilities of the human body through Freediving.
In addition, Carlos is preparing for his next challenge: Retrieve a record he once had; surpassing the -145 meter mark in Variable Weight (VW) at Bonaire 17-25 June, 2015.
Professional Freediver & Instructor, Motivational Speaker, ORIS Swiss Watches Ambassador.
“First human being breaking -100m depth in unassisted freediving modality” – 2003 (First Guinness Record)
“Longest distance swam underwater Cave with one breath” – 2010 (Last Guinness Record )
Date of Birth: 02-02-76
Place of birth: : Caracas
Marital Status: Married
Hobbies: Astronomy, Speleology, Photography.
Manager: Dr.Gabriela Contreras
Static: 7min 31sec
Dynamic no fins: 85m
Constant Weight: -116m
Constant no fins: -64m
Free Immersion: -109m
Variable Weight: -140m
No Limits: -182m
World Champion AIDA 2005.
11 World Records
Multiple Guinness World Records
Silver Medallist AIDA World Championship 2011
Superhuman: Fishman (History Channel, 2012)
FREEDIVING WORLD RECORDS:
-90m (2002) AIDA WR
-102m (2004) AIDA & Guinness WR
-105m (2005) AIDA WR
-110m (2009) AIDA Panamerican
-116m (2011) Panamerican
– 93m (2002) AIDA WR
-101m (2003) AIDA & Guinness WR
-107m (2006) WR
-109m (2008) WR
Constant No Fins:
-61m (2003) WR
-64m (2014) AIDA South American
-135m (2004) AIDA WR
-140m (2006) AIDA & Guinness WR
187m (2007) AIDA South American
215m (2009) AIDA Panamerican