Random dialogue in a cab: Driver: So, what you do for a living? Guest: I work in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Driver: Ah, that's the tour in which this Colombian with the black ponytail competes, right? Works. Anywhere in this world. Orlando Duque is a legend, the iconic figure of the sport. In his 10th season he is one of only three cliff divers who have been in the contest since the beginning.
"The sport chose me. I went around doing other things; I didn't like any of them. When I ended up diving, I was like 'this is it!'". With 13 world titles and two Guinness World Records to his name in a sport that he calls "the more natural form of diving", his tremendous ability from 27 metres does not need any more proof.
To add to his enormous legacy Duque won the Azores-leg in 2017 – his 1st victory in four years.
Besides nine first-place finishes, Orlando still holds the record for the most second places in the history of the World Series (15) and finished the tour five times in the top three.
After 20 years, the sport's main ambassador has developed and established this raw and extreme discipline, has won literally everything – the inaugural World Series in 2009 as well as the first FINA High Diving World Championship title in 2013, amongst others – and there's still no stopping this man at the age of 43.