Underwater Artist (二木 あい・水中表現家)

Wakatobi Dive Resort

Wakatobi Dive Resort

Ai Futaki describes herself as an “underwater harmonist” who expresses and shares the beauty of the underwater world through imaging, modeling and underwater performance—all created while freediving. With a background in competitive swimming, she actually holds a pair of world records for the longest distance swam on a single breath—both with and without fins—but she is not a record seeker.

In the spring of 2013, Ai visited Wakatobi Dive Resort, where she discovered an underwater setting that was ideal for sharing and showcasing both her diving and imaging skills. At Wakatobi, some of the finest and most pristine reefs in the entire Indo-Pacific are located less than 60 yards from the resort’s beach, with crests rising to within a few feet of the surface.