Paredes' Daring Crane Leap in Denmark

Jonathan Paredes
Mexican takes shortcut through Copenhagen harbour ahead of season's 5th stop

Jonathan Paredes (MEX) enjoyed the panoramic view from the former coal crane turned hotel and used it to get a first dive under his belt in the days prior to the World Series' stop in Copenhagen. Together with local Magnus Gardarsson, the 29-year-old launched from the crane top of the one room hotel to land feet first in the old industrial harbour of the Danish capital and is now ready for the next chapter in the men's gripping title fight for the King Kahekili Trophy in this anniversary season.

Paredes leaps from the old coal crane into Copenhagen harbour as the men prepare for the 5th stop of the season. Photo: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool.

With the title contenders returning to winning forms as the season progresses, the most northerly point of the entire season provides not only the most panoramic view of Copenhagen, but also guarantees a tight fight for crucial points: season-opener winner Kris Kolanus (POL) and current World Series leader Steven LoBue (USA) will continue trying to spin to victory with a five-somersault manoeuvre.

Title defender Paredes eyes the perfect execution of his steadily increasing dive list to brave record winner Gary Hunt. The brilliant Brit is back in excellent twisting form with high difficulty after scoring a stunning and much-needed victory at the previous competition and now aims for his third win in Denmark during the World Series' 70th stop.

The Mexican was joined by local diver Magnus Gardasson (L) for the daring leap, with Sport Director Greg Louganis (R) also in attendance. Photo: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool.

The stage for the 14 elite athletes is mounted on the cantilever roof of the Opera House 27m above the water, in front of a royal background. Amalienborg Palace is home to the royal family and only shortly after the traditional changing of the guard at high noon, thousands of cheering fans on land and water will await the stunningly acrobatic free-falls in an attention-grabbing battle for the 2018 King Kahekili Trophy.

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