My name is Umberto
The call of the Great Blue
My life, the sea
The ocean inside us
A challenge beyond limits
The records of Umberto Pelizzari
When I first thought about writing an autobiography I had a bit of a laugh – writing was never my favourite sport. And yet I did have something to say.
What I feel when I freedive cannot be described in words, nor even in thoughts. It is a unique experience of body and mind. And yet since I could never take everyone by the hand and drag them with me underwater I started to observe my emotions and experiences: in every training session I would decode what I felt and memorize the sensations, then after I would hurry to write them down, translating them into symbols on a page. Every time I reviewed what I wrote strong emotions built up within me, bursting with thousands of details. I let myself observe my feelings, which intensify and become transparent like a world of water. As this world fills me, everything appears to me with an intensity that is both simple and spontaneous. Now I can describe what I see in the depths.Umberto Pelizzari