The World Series winner in each of the past three seasons, Englishman Gary Hunt is a man at the very top of his game.
There has been no stopping the 28-year-old ever since he finished runner-up in the first Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2009. Six podiums out of six in 2010 catapulted Hunt ahead of the previous champion, Orlando Duque, at the final showdown in the sport’s birthplace, Hawaii.
Hunt then became the first athlete to win four successive competitions in 2011 en route to a second title clinched even before the final stop in the Ukraine and there was no let-up in 2012 either as Gary, already a two-time World Series champion, made it a hat-trick of titles by winning the final stop in Oman after an incredibly tight battle with the returning veteran Duque.
Regarded as one of the most progressive divers in the World Series, Hunt's repertoire includes the triple quad, the first dive conceived exclusively for cliff diving, which packs in three somersaults and four twists and has a DD of 6.3 – the highest of any dive in the sport.
Keen to push the boundaries and increase the difficulty of his other favoured optional dive, the quad one and a half, Hunt executed a running take-off in 2010 in Polignano a Mare, Italy, in another link in the chain that connects Olympic diving with cliff diving.
"I was nervous before the last dive [in Oman] but I’ve been in that situation before needing a good dive – I just tried to tell myself to do what you normally do in training. It was an incredible feeling to win the title again especially when you’re competing against some of the best divers in the world."