Stefano Makula, protagonist of Italian freediving, has died. He set 28 depth records


By John

Fipsas has announced the disappearance of Stefano Makula, 68 years oldi, the undisputed protagonist of Italian freediving in the 70s, 80s and 90s. «A very passionate freediver from an early age, he began competitive activity in 1977. A year later, in 1978, he set his first depth record (-50m in constant weight), which was then followed by another 27 in various specialties, including dynamics both in the pool and in the sea. It was in fact Makula himself, at the end of the 80s, who launched the ‘horizontal freediving.
With Majorca and Mayol – underlines the Federation in a note – he is rightly considered one of the forerunners of freediving, to which he dedicated his entire life, first as an agonist and then as a trainer. He has always had something extra: his first freediving courses with the disabled, which continued until last May, where, together with Fipsas, he proposed the “DisabilidaMare” format in Castellammare del Golfo. An extremely ironic and genuine person, Stefano Makula, as well as for his numerous sporting feats, also deserves to be remembered for his extraordinary human qualities, which made him a great man even before a formidable champion».