Motor sports, football or B.A.S.E. jumping - every discipline has its hero. For cliff diving, Orlando Duque is that man. The Colombian started out in swimming pools but quickly became tired of the regimented scene; diving off cliffs seemed more of a challenge.
A natural if ever there was one, Orlando has nine world championship titles and two Red Bull Cliff Diving crowns to his name and counting. He has also been immortalized in the film 9 Dives which includes the highest jump of his career to date – a 34-meter (over 111 feet) descent off a bridge in Italy. Duque also made it into the Guinness Book of World Records when he achieved a perfect 10 at the 2000 world championships. When not leaping from the world’s most gnarly cliffs, Orlando lives with his wife in Hawaii, no doubt plotting his next epic feat.