Taking inspiration from the infamous wingsuit, a revolutionary winged-wet suit will soon hit the market which is designed for divers to move around easily under water. It’s creator is no ordinary man. Pierre Frolla is well-known as the freediving immersion champion from Monaco.
Between 1996 and 2007 Pierre Frolla, now aged 42, was an athlete at the highest level. Specialising in freediving immersion and winning numerous medals in this field, he said that he had a dream to find a way to get nearer to great sea creatures. Taking inspiration from the wingsuit used by daredevils who fly off mountain tops, Frolla used his motivation to see the depths of the sea floor to create his revolutionary winged-wetsuit.
The champion has opened several diving schools accessible to children from the age of 8 years old. He is also collaborating with Aqua Lung, a company that specialises in subaqua diving equipment and Quicksilver the famous surfing and snowboarding brand to help develop the new diving wetsuit called Oceanwings. Aesthetics was initially an important aspect in the design process however he quickly realised he wanted to revolutionise his own sport.
Having always had a love of animals, Frolla revealed the suit’s main goal was “to have closer contact with animals without having to move your arms and legs and instead reverse the trend so as to attract their attention.”
Four years ago they developed the first prototype which allowed the user to dive for a long time without much effort. The suit, made of neoprene rubber, covers the body and opens out between the legs and under the arms. However there was a notable defect in the initial prototype which impacted resurfacing. A solution was quickly found which involves four small 38 gram gas cartridges screwed onto strikers which are capable of inflating a pocket located in the back of the suit.