Book details

212 Pages
Publication date: September 2019
Imprint: Pantauro
Orlando Duque Werner Jessner

High Diver


The Columbian with the characteristic ponytail has become the likeable and approachable poster boy of an entire sport: cliff diving, jumping into the water from heights of 82 ft. and more. The charismatic athlete talks about the development of a highly unlikely career, the sacrifices he and his family had to make for it, and what made it possible for a supposed freak sport to become a global trend.

Orlando Duque, born in 1974, grew up in an environment where drugs were part of everyday life, jumped off cranes into tiny pools dressed as a human torch, qualified for the Olympic Games, and moved to Europe when he was a teenager. He worked as a barkeeper, lived in Hawaii and in Kitzhühel, revolutionized his sport, and made friendships for life—quite often with his biggest athletic competitiors. The eloquent and exceptional athlete and 13-times world champion takes us along to take a dip into his life, lets us delve into wild, moving, sheer adventurous stories, and answers the question of all questions: How does it feel to stand 89 ft. above the water surface, jump and land in the water from that height?


Orlando Duque

Orlando Duque, born 1974 in Columbia, is one of the world’s best cliff diver, has won a total of eleven world championship titles and played a major role in shaping the Red Bull Cliff Diving Series.

Unter dem Verlagsnamen PANTAURO erscheinen Bücher und Bildbände aus den vielfältigen Lebenswelten von Red Bull – angefangen von Jos Pirkners Gesamtkunstwerk des Headquarters in Fuschl, über Abenteuer von Athleten wie z. B. den Extremkletterern Stefan Glowacz und Chris Sharma, Culture, Paperwings zum weltweiten Papierflieger-Wettbewerb von Red Bull, bis hin zu außergewöhnlichen kulinarischen Konzepten wie dem Ikarus im Hangar-7. Gemeinsam ist den teilweise mehrsprachigen Büchern der Anspruch an die inhaltliche und gestalterische Qualität, wie auch die Liebe zum Detail.


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