Ponte Brolla Cliff Diving Championship


Startlist - Women

Antonina Vyshyvanova - Ukraine

Date of Birth: 27.03.1998

High diving since: 2011

 

How I got into high diving: When I was younger, my father coached me in Olympic diving, besides he trained Artem Silchenko in high diving. He was my big idol and I often watched his training. When I was 13 years old, I started to dive higher than 10 m

 

Other hobbies: Learning languages, being interpreter/translator, drawing , fashion design

 

Achievements: champion at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2017, 2nd place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017, 2nd place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2016

Jacqueline Valente - Brazil

Date of Birth: 18.09.1985

 

High diving since: 2014

 

How I got into high diving: Through friends at previous jobs and coincidences in life

 

Other hobbies: Circus performance, traveling, movies, languages

 

Achievements: 2nd place Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 Polignano a Maré (ITA), 8th place FINA World Championships, First woman to high dive in Ágios Nikolaos in 2016

Eleanor Smart - USA

Date of Birth: 21.10.1995

High diving since: 2016

 

How I got into high diving: I dove in my first competition when I was five years old and fell in love with the sport. After retiring I knew I wasn’t done with diving and stumbled upon high diving. My best friend invited me to go cliff diving, I hesitantly said yes, and have been doing it ever since!

 

Other hobbies: travelling, clean cliff diving project

 

Achievements: Champion at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017, Junior and Senior National Qualifier, NCAA Qualifier, NCAA National Champion

Jessica Macaulay - USA

Date of Birth: 10.11.1992

 

High diving since: 2014

 

How I got into high diving: I have been diving for fifteen years. I dove competitively, and in university. After university I didn't know what I wanted to do so I took a short show diving contract and loved it! I'm so happy I did, because through show diving I found high diving. After my second contract, I decided to make a living of high diving and performing

 

Other hobbies: Traveling, water sports, reading, trying new things, acro

 

Achievements: 2nd place at the Redbull Cliff Diving World Series 2018 in Texas

Irlanda Valdez - Mexico

Date of Birth: 10.05.1987

High diving since: 2014

 

How I got into high diving: Well I was a retried diver and some friends told me about the shows which I found very interesting and then suddenly an opportunity  to go and do shows in Belgium appears, so I thought that it was awesome to get pay for diving and travel, so I decide to take the risk and the adventure

 

Other hobbies: Hoops aerial

 

Achievements: 2nd place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2017, 3rd and 5th place at the Mexican Nationals between the 2002 to 2005

Genevieve Bradley - USA

Date of Birth: 12.06.1992

 

High diving since: 2014

 

How I got into high diving: I dove springboards and platform in college at the University of Hawaii and I could never get high enough. My friends and I learned to high dive on the cliffs of beautiful Hawaii

 

Other hobbies: Hiking, baking, party planning, rock climbing, traveling, eating

 

Achievements: 1st place at WHDF International Championship 2016, 1st place at High Jump (Czech Republic) 2015 and 2016

Laura Dauffenbach - USA

Date of Birth: 12.08.1975

 

High diving since: 1995

 

How I got into high diving: A coach of mine suggested that I dive professionally

 

Other hobbies: Flyboarding, Frisbee golf, bargain shopping, reading, gardening, yoga

 

Achievements: 1st place US Open High Diving Championships 2016, 6 times National Champion and 3 times All-American in USA Masters Diving, 1 meter Gold Medalist 2014 in Age Group, 2008 Minnesota Class A "Dedicated Service" and "Diving Coach of the Year" Awards

Startlist - Men

Aidan Heslop - Great Britain

Date of Birth: 18.04.2002 

High diving since: 2014

 

How I got into high diving: I have been classic diving since the age of 8.  My Plymouth Diving team mate Owen Weymouth first got me interested in high diving and I went to watch the Red Bull Cliff Diving stop in Wales in 2013

 

Other hobbies: Diving, parkour, trampolining

 

Achievements: WHDF Junior Champion 2014, champion at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2017, GBR Platform and Springboard Champion 2016, Fina Grand Prix (Madrid) Bronze medalist 2017

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

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

 

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

Jan Wermelinger - Switzerland

Date of Birth: 14.03.1998

 

High diving since: 2016

 

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

 

Other hobbies: Snowboarding, trampoline, reading

 

Achievements: 2nd place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017, 3rd place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2017 

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, 6th place at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition 2017, champion at Punta Fuego Cliff Diving Challenge in the Philippines 2015 and 2016

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, traveling around the world

 

Achievements: WHDF European Cliff Diving Champion 2012 and 2013, Red Bull wildcard, FINA World Cup 2014, 5th 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

Alain Kohl - Luxenbourg

Date of Birth: 25.08.1982

 

High diving since: 2002

 

How I got into high diving: I started diving when I was 7. After a long career in diving with competition around the globe, I decided to change to Cliff Diving. I love the free spirit of Cliff Diving, the mental challenge and the perfection! 

 

Other hobbies: Diffrent sports, reading, travelling 

 

Achievements: 8th place Red Bull Cliff Diving Copenhagen 2016, 9th place Red Bull Cliff Diving Polignano 2016, 13th overall place Red Bull Ranking 2016

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

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: Traveling 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 

Kai Kirbs - Germany

Date of Birth: 01.07.1988

 

High diving since: 2011

 

How I got into high diving: Through olympic diving

 

Other hobbies: Diving, surfing, skiing, travelling

 

Achievements: 5th and 6th place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2012 and 2013

Daniel - Locher

 

High diving since: 2001

 

How I got into high diving: Through olympic diving

 

Other hobbies: Family, jewelery design and production (locherschmuck.ch)

 

Achievements: Swiss open champion 2002

Andreas Marchetti - Switzerland

Date of Birth: 14.04.1972

 

High diving since: 1995

 

How I got into high diving: I watched the professional cliff diver in Ponte Brolla and since then I am fascinated by this sport

 

Other hobbies: Thaiboxing, wakeboarding, biking, geo catching and skiing

 

Achievements: WHDF European Cliff Diving Champion 2005, 3rd place at the European Cliff Diving Champion 2012

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

Bastian Losen - Germany

Date of Birth: 07.08.1993

High diving since: 2010

 

How I got into high diving: I love diving into a pool since i was a little boy! I went diving for fun and without a competitive side for years, but than i spontaneously decided to go to Highjump in 2010. I did my first High Dive from 16 meter and fell in love with the feeling and the High Diving community!!! Since than i can not live without High Diving

 

Other hobbies: Snowboarding, Wakeboarding and good Food

 

Achievements: 14th at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2016, 17th at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2017

Christophe Gerardin - France

Date of Birth: 12.07.1983

 

High diving since: 2017

 

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

 

Other hobbies: Read, trips and apnea

 

Achievements: Lyon championship medalist in springboard 1m and 3m 

Tim Thesing - Germany

Date of Birth: 22.03.1994

 

High diving since: 2015

 

How I got into high diving: Trough splash diving shows

 

Other hobbies: Diving, trampoline, gymnastic

 

Achievements: 21th and 15th place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2015 and 2016

Mäge Frei - Switzerland

Date of Birth: 02.10.1963

 

High diving since: 1992

 

How I got into high diving: Through trampoline and high diving shows. In 1992 I competed at the first WHDF cliff diving competition in Ponte Brolla

 

Other hobbies: Diving, waterskiing, weight training

 

Achievements: 18th and 19th place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2016 and 2017

Jean-David Duval - Switzerland

Date of Birth: 14.10.1996

 

High diving since: 2015

 

How I got into high diving: Trough friends

 

Other hobbies: Skiing

 

Achievements: first competition

Peter Roseney - Austria / Switzerland 

Date of Birth: 17.09.1947

High diving since: 1992

 

How I got into high diving: In my young ages I was a springboard and platform diver in Austria, later I competed in Switzerland for many years in national and international master competitions. In 1992 I competed at the first WHDF cliff diving competition in Ponte Brolla

 

Other hobbies: Diving, paragliding, motorbike, skiing 

 

Achievements: Austrian Champion 1967 in 10 m plattform, 1987 Swiss Champion 3 m and 10 m, 5 Times European Master Champion and 2 times World Master Vize Champion