Jonathan Paredes

Mexico

Jonathan Paredes

Mexico

"Become the champion." A pretty straightforward goal. No doubt about Jonathan Paredes' ambitions, and looking at his 2016 results – victory at the season opener, four 3rd placed finishes and runner-up to champion Gary Hunt – the World Series' 'ripping machine' is hard on the heavyweights' heels.

Ripping his entries is definitely one of the Mexican's most outstanding talents and a big part of his success despite the easiest diving programme on tour. 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.