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S2|E7 – Polignano, Italy

Awesome behind the scenes footage of the guys jumping from a rooftop on the Adriatic coast of Italy. To get permission the guys just went up and asked… Ok maybe they wrote their own release of liability too, which may or may not hold up in court, but oh well! Everyone lived!!


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The Team

All of us here at “USA Cliff Diving” have one goal: Help Cliff Diving reach it’s greatest potential. 

How do we plan on doing that? Well, we use our own unique blend of personality and experience to provide an unadulterated view into our lifestyles as Cliff Divers. We hope the awareness we raise through our candid approach to documenting our experience creates more opportunities for the individuals that make this one-of-a-kind sport possible.

We also believe that raising awareness alone won’t accomplish our goal, on a more concrete level we hope to act as an educational resource for everyone in the Cliff Diving community. Whether you’re a fan, a diver, or a supporter don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. We’re always eager to connect you with answers!

David Colutri

David Colutri

DOB: April 30, 1989 | Height: 5'8" | Weight: 155lbs

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Andy Jones

Andy Jones

DOB: April 21, 1985 | Height: 6'0" | Weight: 175lbs

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Steven LoBue

Steven LoBue

DOB: June 17, 1985 | Height: 5'4" | Weight: 135lbs

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Kyle Mitrione

Kyle Mitrione

DOB: March 17, 1988 | Height: 5'10" | Weight: 175lbs

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“These guys are smart. They pretty much have computer brains, they could be doing anything but they were like, nah, we'll be divers. ”

Bill Gates

“The guys from "USA Cliff Diving" are not only an inspiration but, in my opinion, the true embodiment of the American dream. I wish them the best of luck, I believe it's only a matter of time before they become minor internet celebrities. ”

Barack Obama

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David’s Full Bio – Andy’s Full Bio – Steve’s Full Bio – Kyle’s Full Bio

What’s New?

Indonesia Cliff Search

Andy and David’s plane crashes on a mysterious island in the Pacific. Thankfully, with their Red Bull Cliff Diving crew alongside them, the adventure of a lifetime ensues.

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Ep. 12 – Bilbao, Spain

The four USA Cliff Divers continue their escapades in Bilbao, Spain for the final event of the 2015 Cliff Diving World Series.  

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Ep. 11 – Polignano, Italy

As the end of the cliff diving season nears the guys try their best to make that MUNNAAY!!$$

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Locations

Cliff Diving has brought the guys to quite a few places over the years. Check out some of the map markers below to explore different Cliff Diving locations. To see more or less map detail be sure to use the zoom feature(bottom left) and the check-box icon (top left).


Have A Suggestion For A New Cliff Diving Spot?

We’re currently searching the world for the best Cliff Diving locations. If you think you’ve found a potential Cliff Diving spot be sure to let us know! If the spot you’ve found meets our requirements, we’ll post your location on the map, we’ll also work with you to get your location featured in a future USA Cliff Diving episode!

FAQ’s

How high is the platform

The average height of the competition platform is 27.5 meters, or around 90 feet. This is approximately the height of the 10th story of most buildings.

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How often do you practice?

Typical training schedule involves double sessions 6 days a week in the pool or gym.

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How often do you compete?

The number of competitions that are hosted every year varies. Between the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series and other sponsored events there tend to be around 10-15 events a year.

While the number of events vary, the invite lists for these competitions can be limited. This means we’re lucky to get 10+ competitions in any given year.

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Does it hurt?

Yes. It always hurts, sometimes much less than others, so it’s really just about minimizing the pain. However, the pain is occasionally masked completely by the adrenaline rush that comes from performing a dive.

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Can you practice from the competition height? (90 ft)

Unfortunately it’s extremely difficult to practice from competition height for a couple of reasons:

  1. There are almost no places Cliff Divers are legally allowed to practice. In order to practice, most divers work in shows that include high diving. A good example of a show that may include high diving would be Cirque du Soleil, however there are many other shows that include high diving. If you’re a diver interested in finding a show, please contact us!
  2. Injuries are another barrier to training from competition height. Training sessions are normally limited to a handful of dives during any one Cliff Diving session.

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What are some of the common injuries?

When you hit the water at ~ 60MPH expecting to stop in 10-15 feet of water a lot of things can go wrong. We’ve seen injuries to just about every part of the body but some of the most common injuries include:

  1. Straining of the inner thigh muscle from the force of the water pulling a diver’s legs apart.
  2. Compression and whiplash of the back and neck from hitting the water at high speeds.
  3. Stinging pain on the bottom of a diver’s feet or any other part of the body that connects with the surface of the water.

Less common injuries include hitting the platform, unless you’re Steven LoBue.

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How many professional cliff divers are there?

The number of divers who compete professionally in Cliff Diving competitions is growing. However, due to the limited number competitions each year there are only a few dozen men and women who are able to compete professionally.

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