Ponte Brolla Cliff Diving Competition


Startlist - Women

Petra Smolíková - Czech Republic

Age: 24

 

High diving since: 6 years

 

How I got into high diving: Through coincidences and one night full of alcohol, when I agreed to sign up for a diving camp.

 

Other hobbies: riding, yoga, theatre

 

Achievements: Multiple High Jump CZ medalist

Irlanda Valdez - Mexico

Age: 30

 

High diving since: I have been working in Dive & Stunt shows since 3 years

 

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: 3rd and 5th place at the Mexican Nationals between the 2002 to 2005

Aimee Harrison - Canada

Age: 22

 

High diving since: 1 year

 

How I got into high diving: I was a springboard/platform diver at the University of Hawaii, and also for the Canadian National team. Mutual friends taught me how to high dive while I lived in Hawaii, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

 

Other hobbies: Travelling, hiking, snowboarding, gardening, and just about anything outdoors

 

Achievements: National team diver, 4 time MPSF Diver of the Year, 2 time All-American

Antonina Vyshyvanova - Ukraine

Age: 19

 

High diving since: 6 years

 

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, step by step I went higher and higher.

 

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

 

Achievements: 2nd place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2016

Genevieve Bradley - USA

Age: 25

 

High diving since: 3 years

 

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

Startlist - Men

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, traveling around the world

 

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

Aidan Heslop - Great Britain

Age: 15 

 

High diving since: 3 years

 

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, 3rd place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2016, GBR Platform and Springboard Champion 2016, Fina Grand Prix (Madrid) Bronze medalist 2017

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.

Nikita Fedotov - Russia

Age: 22

 

High diving since: 7 years

 

How I got into high diving: I was 16 years old when I started to work with Oleg Vyshyvanov in a high diving show in China. I started with the normal diving heights and after a few years and a lot of training I was ready to dive from over 20 meters.

 

Other hobbies: Diving

 

Achievements: 6th place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2016, 11th place at the FINA World Cup 2017 Abu Dhabi.

 

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

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

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

Manuel Halbisch - Germany

Age: 19

 

High diving since: 1 years 

 

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

 

Other hobbies: Gymnastics, Diving

 

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

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.

Aleksei Samushenkov - Russia

Age: 28

 

High diving since: 5 years 

 

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: Medalist of local and some international diving competitions (2000-2007), 6 seasons in diving shows.

Pascal Pollin - Germany 

Age: 19

 

High Diving since: 1 years

 

How i got into high Diving: I was a professional springboard and platform diver and then i started with high diving on my holidays.

 

Other hobbies: playing golf, volleyball 

 

Achievments: 10th place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2016

 

 

Vadym Nedilko - Ukraine

Age: 26

 

High diving since: 7 years

 

How I got into high diving: First I was a gymnast, then I started diving. I tried myself in a diving show, then I learned to high dive.

 

Other hobbies: Fishing, scuba diving

 

Achievements: Ukrainian championship medalist from 10 meters platform

 

 

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: Traveling around the world, hiking, trampoline, gymnastics, nature

 

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

 

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).

Bastian Losen - Germany

Age: 23

 

High diving since: 7 years

 

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

Peter Roseney - Austria / Switzerland 

Age: 70

 

High diving since: 25 years

 

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.

 

Volodymyr Mun - Ukraine

Age: 28

 

High diving since: 10 years

 

How I got into high diving: With 18 years old I got in touch with high diving through diving shows, after a short time I began to love the heights and started to dive from over 20 meters.

 

Other hobbies: Extreme, partys, traveling around the world

 

Achievements: First competition

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, traveling

 

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

Jan Bily - Czech Republic

Age: 28

 

High diving since: 18 years

 

How I got into high diving: Through other adrenalin sports and high diving competition in Czech Republic called High Jump.

 

Other hobbies: photography, culture, art and movies

 

Achievements: Multiple czech national champion

Mäge Frei - Switzerland

Age: 53

 

High diving since: 25 years

 

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 place at the WHDF International Cliff Diving Championship 2016

Vjacheslav Kolesnikov - Ukraine

Age: 35

 

High diving since: 14 years

 

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: Multiple Ukrainian championship medalist