French diver Cyrille Oumedjkane is hoping to continue his impressive turnaround in form this season and register another big result in his home event on Saturday.
'The first thing I want is a place in the top six, then after that a podium...'
With Hassan Mouti out injured, French hopes for a first World Series podium rest on the shoulders of Oumedjkane. Mouti will also be in La Rochelle as he cheers on his friend and compatriot from French soil.
Oumedjkane is in the best form of his World Series career following low-scoring seasons in 2009 and 2010. Since reducing his weight during the off-season, the 35-year-old, who travelled to Australia in January in order to requalify, has not been outside the top six.
While cautious about his chances in France, the Strasbourg-based diver has every reason to be confident.
"The first thing I want to do is get in the top six and then after that I would like a podium," said Oumedjkane. "I don't feel any extra pressure. I feel relaxed. The crowd here are great and that is one of the reasons why it is my favourite stop."
Up to 70,000 spectators are expected to attend Saturday's event but for those who cannot see the action from the Saint Nicolas Tower unfold in person, the competition will also be webcast live on Red Bull TV from 7.30pm (CEST).