The finalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Blake Aldridge will be competing in his sixth year in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2016 after finishing on a personal best 4th overall rank in the previous season. In 2014, the competitive Londoner joined a select group of athletes after winning the first World Series stop in Cuba.
The 33-year-old, a former British diving world champion, who was also Tom Daley's synchro partner at the Olympic Games in Beijing, did his first dive from 27 metres in June 2011 at the World Series competition in La Rochelle and has been wanting more ever since. The passionate fisherman has introduced two of the hardest dives in the sport: the back armstand dive, with four twists, with a degree of difficulty of 6.2, and the reverse 2 somersault with 5 twists, with a degree of difficulty of 6.3. "I'm still learning new dives and can't just sit back and get consistent. New dives need to be done and until I have two dives that I can hit for 9s all the time, winning is a long way away," a statement that underlines the Brit's ambitions.