We had the opportunity in this edition to meet Estrella Navarro, a marine biologist, model, and freediver. Stella Navarro has broken 27 free diving records in Mexico and that has crowned her as the worldwide runner-up in the ability to hold her breath.
“I think my biggest challenge is to go beyond my capabilities. Freediving is a way to connect with myself, to meditate. It’s a way to delete limits and rewrite them.”
Her charismatic personality and love of nature have helped her forge a special bond with animals. As a result, much of her heart belongs to the mystery of the deep sea.
Born in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Estrella holds the ultimate record in this discipline in Latin America. She has managed to stay underwater for more than six minutes. Although she has visited numerous places around the world during her career, for her, there is no better place than La Paz. She describes the city as a paradise on land and sea.
Through her studies in marine biology, Estrella learned about the science of life underwater. Free diving has allowed her a more human and fraternal interaction with this ecosystem.
“More than an issue of environmentalism or activism, it is simply awareness based on experience. I have the knowledge because of what I studied and the practice of interacting with marine life because of the sport I do.”
This passion has led her to explore other facets of marine life. She has made documentaries such as “Whale Shark of La Paz” that shares her love for the ocean and motivates people to take care of it.
In addition to her family, who have been very supportive, nature has become a strong motivation for athletes, like Estrella, who constantly practice contemplation.
“Seeing a bird, a flower or the beauty of the sky makes me think of the mathematical calculations needed to achieve that perfection. If I go through life seeing those details, I am filled with inspiration and happiness.”