Diving for Kicks and Thrills

David Colturi and Andy Jones
Dizzying downtime footage from the USA Cliff Diving Team

You know what they say, it's good to have friends in high places. For the guys of the USA Cliff Diving Team, that old adage couldn't be more true. In the highly competitive world of Red Bull Cliff Diving, where individuals must display powers of focus, skill and acrobatic precision during 3 seconds of freefall into water, it certainly helps having a few buddies along for the ride.

While those 28m competition platforms can be lonely and nerve-racking places, where points are won and titles decided, it's a much more relaxed affair for the Americans during their downtime. And by downtime, we mean downtime. These boys – Andy Jones, David Colturi, Steven LoBue and Kyle Mitrione - enjoy nothing more than that rush of wind and flash of adrenaline experienced when they descend from great heights into water, and they're forever on the lookout for new and increasingly demanding locations to leap from.

This video was put together by Jones, the creative mind behind USA Cliff Diving, and it captures their acrobatic antics and insanely playful dives from every conceivable spot in a host of locations, including Polignano a Mare, Capri and Praiano in Italy, Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas, the Portuguese Azores and Vis in Croatia.

From bridges to balconies and cliffs to caves, with heights ranging from 20-32 metres, it seems nothing is off limits for this crazy gang of exceptional athletes.

Watch the clip and enjoy the dizzying footage.