ESPN Films Nine for IX 'No Limits': Complete Preview for 4th Installment

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2013


ESPN Films' Nine for IX documentary series continues Tuesday with "No Limits," the fourth installment of the nine-film series which will take a closer look at the story of world record-setting free diver Audrey Mestre.

The hour-long film is directed by Alison Ellwood, an award-winning director, producer and editor who has had a hand in several notable documentaries, including ESPN Films' "Catching Hell," a 2011 documentary on the Steve Bartman incident in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS at Wrigley Field.

Ellwood's latest film, "No Limits," will introduce viewers to the extreme world of free diving and one woman's incredible journey to push beyond the limits.

Here, we'll get you set with everything you need to know for Tuesday night's premiere.


When: Tuesday, July 23 at 8 p.m. EDT

Watch: ESPN

*Encore presentation will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. EDT


What to Expect

No Limits will take you inside one of the world's most obscure and dangerous sports, free diving. Specifically, the film will focus on Mestre, a French free diver who broke the female world record after diving more than 420 feet below the surface on just a single breath of air.

The film will also take a closer look at Mestre's relationship with Pipin Ferreras, a Cuban free diver who became one of the sports biggest stars in the 1990s. The record-breaking couple married in 1999, three years before Mestre's shocking death off the coast of the Dominican Republic.

In addition to shedding light on the little-known sport of free diving, "No Limits" will focus on Mestre's fatal dive nearly 11 years ago. The 28-year-old was attempting a record-breaking dive of 561 feet on Oct. 12, 2002 when a problem developed with her lift balloon well below the surface, forcing her to remain under water for more than eight minutes. 

The dive was supposed to last less than four minutes. She was unconscious by the time she resurfaced and was pronounced dead shortly after. 

In "No Limits," Ellwood will attempt to learn more about that tragic dive and to help viewers better understand the allure of free diving while also figuring out what drove Mestre to push such limits. 


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