Jonathan Paredes

Mexico

Jonathan Paredes

Mexico

"Become the champion." That was the goal for Jonathan Paredes at the start of 2017, and the dream became a reality with the very final dive of a thrilling season in Lago Ranco, Chile. With his new dive seemingly mastered, there is no doubt that the Mexican diver will once again be a major title challenger in 2018.

Ripping his entries is definitely one of the Mexican's most outstanding talents and a big part of his success. The most graceful athlete in the air, and the one whose feet are always immaculately pointed is at the same time the man with the biggest smile on tour.

One of the most technically proficient divers in cliff diving, he has the sport's legend to his side as a mentor and coach: "My cliff diving hero is of course Orlando Duque, he's a huge inspiration for me." Together with the legendary Colombian, Jonathan accomplished his highest cliff dive to date at Victoria Falls: 30m or 10-storeys into a waterfall – the craziest thing he says, he's done so far.