At each stop during the 2017 season, the ten permanent male divers will be joined by four wildcard divers. Although different wildcards will compete at different events, and some will appear more than others, they can each earn points and ranking in exactly the same way as the permanent athletes.
Former World Series athlete Alain Kohl was forced into wildcard status after 2012, after missing requalification before season V. However, the multilingual Luxembourgian has never stopped pushing his diving skills and we'll see him on top of the 27m-platform this coming summer.
"I was shaking when I got the e-mail from the organizers. I was so excited!" says Alessandro De Rose about his invitation to the World Series in Italy in 2013. To date, the 24-year-old is the only Italian who's taken part in a World Series competition. Let's see what 2017 has in store for him!
The former World Series champion has been forced into Wildcard status following a difficult 2016 season, despite winning in Polignano a Mare. This season the powerful Russian will need to be in much better form in order to work himself back into the permanent divers list for 2018.
The 33-year-old, who competed as a permanent diver in the 2015 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series after first making his cliff diving debut in 2009, served notice of his talent at the final stop of 2014 in Mexico when he placed seventh - his best finish to date.
He was the best-placed non-permanent diver in the off-the-cliff competition in the Azores in 2015, where the American finished 5th sandwiched between Artem Silchenko and Blake Aldridge. This season, the 29-year-old, who's proven to provide strong support to the US team in the past, will return to the 27-metre platform.
Since his three World Series appearances in 2014, including two top-ten results, the 26-year-old from Colombia has drawn some attention to himself. Born and bred in the same place as cliff diving legend Orlando Duque, Miguel Garcia will get his chance to prove his talent in the World Series' ninth season.
The 38-year-old has been part of the cliff diving scene for many years and Todor Spasov is quite aware of the special status the series of competition has among the divers. Having tried to make the cut for a permanent place amongst the cliff diving elite since the qualification competition was introduced in 2011, the Bulgarian's motivation to compete in the World Series is still high: "Being part of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series means a lot of passion and it makes me absolutely happy to know that I can take part in the world's biggest and best competition for cliff diving."
18-year-old Owen Weymouth is the 20m European champion, and the youngest athlete ever who's taken part in a World Series competition. His first showing from almost three times the Olympic diving platform height was at the illustrious venue of the 2016 final showdown in the Dubai Marina during the first-ever night even in the history of Red Bull Cliff Diving.
The 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is the first year Nikita Fedotov will be invited as a wildcard. The 22-year-old will diver from Russia will have his first World Series appearance in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is the first year Oleksiy Prygorov will be invited as a wildcard. The 30-year-old will diver from the Ukraine will have his first World Series appearance in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.