Fear is a major part in cliff diving. And safety is always the priority.
Does a cliff diver need the feeling of fear to dive safely? What is it exactly, that scares them – the height, the risk of injury? How do scuba divers, a stable platform and the experience of overcoming your fears influence the diving performance? Is fear, in the end, something positive?
Thursday 24th of July 2014, the Swing Jumping World Championships took place in Kotka, Finland.
The competitors jumped from a special 6 meters tall swing. Landing is done in water and the jumps picked with summersaults and twists are judged based on the “wow factor”.
In connection with the championships, an unofficial world record for the longest swing jump was also reached. This record was achieved by Ernest Kymi from Finland, whose record jump carried him all the way to 17 meters.
The 29-year-old American Steven LoBue presses his claim for this year’s World Series title with victory in the Azores. Colombian Orlando Duque and third-placed David Colturi, of the USA, also produced their best performances of the year this Saturday in front of 2,000 spectators on boats and ships. During four rounds of competition, the 14 cliff divers dove more than 27 metres from three different locations on the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, which included two rounds directly off the cliff face.
Halfway between Europe and the American east coast, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, it was the Florida-based “turbo-spinner” Steven LoBue who scored highest, performing his quint-half for 8s and 8.5s in the rough waters of the Portuguese Azores islands. After a flying start to the competition, Steven LoBue (468.15pts) beat a reinvigorated Orlando Duque (458.00pts) to the top spot. 25-year-old David Colturi (436.40pts), never better than sixth in 2014, showed the newly-learned triple-quad with a Degree of Difficulty of 6.2 for the first time in competition, which earned him his first podium finish of the year.
Swing Game – Swing Jumping World Championships were held in Kotka, Finland on Thursday evening on 24.07. The competition consisted of jumping from a giant swing built on a pier. The winner of these World Championships that were held for the second time was Sakari Vekki from Finland. Vekki has previously been crowned as the Northern European Champion of Gymnastics and it was the first time he participated in the Swing Jumping World Championships. Vekki’s winning jump was a double layout with double twist.