Jonathan Paredes, the 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion, is one of the most consistent divers on the planet. Famous for his immaculate form in the air and perfect rip entries, the Mexican ranks up there with the very best athletes over the last decade. Away from the platform, his infectious smile and laughter defy the pressure of this sport, and it seems that his happy outlook is helping him through these tough times.
We caught up with the 30-year-old to find out how home life is working out for him in Spain right now.
Most people in the world are having to keep fit at home right now. But cliff diving isn't something you can practice in your garden, so how is it affecting your training?
Of course, it's something difficult, of course it will be tough for most of us, of course! We are trying to do as much as possible. It is a situation that affects all of us around the world. Maybe some people have more space and chance to do a better training, but we are trying to keep as fit as possible. Of course, it is affecting our training at least in the pool, but I'm sure as soon we are back in the water, we will be professionals and do our best.
Could you have 3 or 4 months without diving, and go straight into a competition?
Yes, we did it before, maybe not for so long. But I'm sure my experience will help me a little bit; you know it's been ten years now that I'm competing in the World Series. And I will be confident on the experience I have behind me. And just try to give my best in any competition this year.
What does a typical day look like for you in these times?
A typical day right now is looking very, very nice. Honestly, I'm super happy, it has already been three weeks in a row, that I've been training and trying to do a daily life doing something like cleaning my place, doing exercises in the morning, helping my wife with the live lessons. You know she is doing Instagram live training and YouTube live. That keeps me busy and helps me to focus and keeps me away from these situations we have right now. I think we're making the best of the days I'm having right now.
What is the one thing you miss most and what don't you miss at all?
This is a tricky question. I miss everything. I miss worrying about my competition, to be travelling around the world as this was something I was waiting for and looking forward to this year. Going to Indonesia in a few days, going to Sydney in the end of the year. It's a bit sad you know. Thinking maybe this and that could happen, yeah, I miss everything! I miss my friends in the Series, I miss diving a lot, being in the water; the only thing I'm not missing... no I miss everything in my life. I hope to get over this situation soon again.
If tomorrow morning you could do anything in the world that you wanted to, one thing, what would it be?
That answer is very clear, if I could do something tomorrow morning for the entire world, it would be to do a reset and pretend nothing happened. I wish to have everyone's life back on track doing a daily day. If I could push one button and reset all the bad things that are happening in the world right now, this would be the only thing I would do. Push one button and reset everything!
We'll leave you with that famous Paredes smile...