Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition


Startlist - Men

Owen Weymouth - Great Britain

Age: 18

 

High diving since: 5 years

 

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 WHDF Int. Cliff Diving Championship 2016, youngest Red Bull Cliff Diving wildcard, Great Britain team member for FINA World Cup 2017

Vadim Babeshkin - Russia

Age: 30

 

High diving since: 3 years

 

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

Andreas Hulliger - Switzerland

Age: 32 

 

High diving since: 10 years

 

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, Red Bull wildcard, FINA World Cup 2014

Ilia Shchurov - Russia 

Age : 41

 

High diving since: 19 years

 

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

Liam Atkins - Australia

Age: 23

 

High diving since: 4 years

 

How I got into high diving: Through Olympic diving and high diving shows. I love the rollercoaster of emotions, and the satisfaction I get when I do my best.

 

Hobbies: Hang out with friends, read, relax

 

Achievements: 2nd place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2015

Lazaro Schaller - Brazil / Switzerland

Age: 28

 

High diving since: 12 years

 

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

Jan Wilko Heinzel - Germany

Age: 26

 

High diving since: 7 years

 

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. Two times champion at Punta Fuego Cliff Diving Challenge in the Philippines 2015 and 2016.

Jan Wermelinger - Switzerland

Age: 19

 

High diving since: 1 year

 

How I got into high diving: Through friends and Olympic diving.

 

Other hobbies: Snowboarding, trampoline, reading

 

Achievements: 8th place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2016

Kris Kolanus - Poland

Age: 30

 

High diving since: 8 years

 

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: 2nd at Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2016 in Copenhagen (DEN), 3rd at Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2014 in Bilbao (ESP)

Matthias Appenzeller - Switzerland

Age: 22 

 

High diving since: 4 years 

 

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: 4th at Junior European Championship and participation at the Junior World Championship in springboard diving. 7th place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2015

Christian Wurst - Germany

Age: 46

 

High diving since: 14 years

 

How I got into high diving: After my career as an artistic gymnast, I was looking for a new challenge. A friend told me about cliff diving in Switzerland, I drove to watch and was infected.

 

Other hobbies: Trampoline, snowboarding, travelling

 

Achievements: 4th place at the WHDF European Cliff Diving Championship 2014, 4th place at the WHDF Chinese Cliff Diving Championship 2006, Red Bull wildcard, Fedemar World Cup, 2nd place at the Rider Cliff Diving Challenge 2015 in the Philippines

Todor Spasov - Bulgaria

Age: 39

 

High dive since: 17 years

 

How I got into high diving: Starting to work in high diving shows after finishing the Olympic diving.

 

Other hobbies: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, water ski, jetski, rock climbing and any sport which can give me pressure and smile in my face.

Achievements: Finals at the FINA High Diving World Championship in Kazan 2015

Martin Bollier - Switzerland

Age: 23

 

High diving since: 3 years

 

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

Robin Georges - France

Age: 21

 

High diving since: 4 years

 

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: 12th and 13th at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2015 and 2016