Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition


Startlist - Men

Owen Weymouth - Great Britain

Date of Birth: 24.12.1998

High diving since: 2012

 

How I got into high diving: When I was a kid I discovered professional cliff diving on YouTube and I knew I had to go for it. Since then I trained hard, jumped off any cliff I could find and e-mailed anyone on the planet who was involved in cliff diving until I ended up living my dream

 

Other hobbies: Sky diving, hiking, travelling, ping-pong, quantum mechanics, pigeon racing

 

Achievements: Champion at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017 and also at the Int. Cliff Diving Championship 2016, youngest Red Bull Cliff Diving wildcard

Kris Kolanus - Poland

Date of Birth: 22.10.1986

 

High diving since: 2009

 

How I got into high diving: Through Olympic diving

 

Hobbies: Bouldering, promoting my own company "Mad Hoppers" which specialises in unique, extreme, freestyle events and performance clothing with a strong focus on high diving

 

Achievements: 3rd place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017, 2nd at Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2016 in Copenhagen (DEN)

Vadim Babeshkin - Russia

Date of Birth: 17.02.1987

 

High diving since: 2014

 

How I got into high diving: That was a mistake to try it once...

 

Other hobbies: YouTube, origami, guitar, sport marketing

 

Achievements: Champion at the International Cliff Diving Championship 2015, 4th place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017

Andreas Hulliger - Switzerland

Date of Birth: 23.06.1985

 

High diving since: 2007

 

How I got into high diving: A friend took me to the Swiss Cliff Diving Championship 2001 where I saw the guys jumping from 20 m. After this I started to learn the technique for high diving

 

Other hobbies: Card games with friends, scuba diving, travelling around the world

 

Achievements: WHDF European Cliff Diving Champion 2012 and 2013, 5th place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017, Red Bull wildcard, FINA World Cup 2014

Jan Wilko Heinzel - Germany

Date of Birth: 20.12.1990

 

High diving since: 2010

 

How I got into high diving: I started with freestyle diving, where I got in touch with some german cliff divers. They convinced me to go to my first competition in 2010

 

Other hobbies: Trampoline, gymnastics, blobbing and my piano

 

Achievements: 3rd place at WHDF European Cliff Diving Championship in 2013, 5th place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017, champion at Punta Fuego Cliff Diving Challenge in the Philippines 2015 and 2016

Matthias Appenzeller - Switzerland

Date of Birth: 21.06.1994

High diving since: 2013

 

How I got into high diving: I was a professional springboard and platform diver (1 m-10 m) since I was 8 years old. I competed for the national team of Switzerland for many years. After I stopped Olympic diving, I started with the next bigger thing, high diving

 

Other hobbies: Surfing professionally, workout, clubbing

 

Achievements: 2nd place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2017, 4th at Junior European Championship and participation at the Junior World Championship in springboard diving

Manuel Halbisch - Germany

Date of Birth: 09.01.1998

 

High diving since: 2016

 

How I got into high diving: Trough Olympic diving and friends

 

Other hobbies: Gymnastics, Diving

 

Achievements: 4th place at WHDF International Cliff Diving Competition 2017, 11th place at WHDF International Cliff Diving Competition 2016 

Vjacheslav Kolesnikov - Ukraine

Date of Birth: 25.03.1982

 

High diving since: 2003

 

How I got into high diving: I was engaged in diving professionally since I am 5 years old, later I came to High Diving and I loved it

 

Other hobbies: Football

 

Achievements: 6th place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2017

 

Aleksei Samushenkov - Russia

Date of Birth: 02.05.1989

 

High diving since: 2012

 

How I got into high diving: After 3 years of gymnastics when I was 7 years old my grandfather took me to the diving section. I was not bad and soon I got into our city team. Many years later I began to work in a show in Beijing where was my first high dive

 

Other hobbies: IT, MMA, reading

 

Achievements: 7th place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2017

 

Ilia Shchurov - Russia 

Date of Birth: 28.05.1976

 

High diving since: 1998

 

How I got into high diving: Through the water show 

 

Other hobbies: Boxing, swimming, skiing

 

Achievements: Champion at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2014, 8th place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017

Martin Bollier - Switzerland

Date of Birth: 18.12.1993

 

High diving since: 2014

 

How I got into high diving: When I was looking for freedom

 

Other hobbies: Hiking, fitness

 

Achievements: 7th place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2016, 10th place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017

Robin Georges - France

Date of Birth: 27.07.1995

 

High diving since: 2013

 

How I got into high diving: I started with gymnastics and trampoline. When I was 14 years old, I jumped for the first time from the 10 m platform, then I fell in love with this awesome feeling and I needed to go higher

 

Other hobbies: Travelling around the world, hiking, trampoline, gymnastics, nature

 

Achievements: 11th place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017, 13th at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2017

 

Lazaro Schaller - Brazil / Switzerland

Date of Birth: 02.11.1988 

 

High diving since: 2005

 

How I got into high diving: Through friends and myself

 

Other hobbies: Canyoning, climbing, ice climbing, trampoline, skiing

 

Achievements: World record in high diving 58.8 m, 14th place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017