Orlando Duque’s Poseidon Plunge in Athens

Flanked by the ruins of an ancient temple, Orlando Duque pays homage to the Greek God.

Orlando Duque dives at the full moon in Cape Sounio, Greece on 21st of August 2013
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The time was night, but the light was bright. A full moon cast an eerie glow over the water as world-champion cliff diver Orlando Duque from Colombia stood at the top of a 12m cliff. While it’s not even close to the highest point Duque has ever jumped from, it’s one of the most unique.

Orlando Duque dives at the full moon in Cape Sounio, Greece on 21st of August 2013
Orlando Duque under the full moon. © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Below him, the sacred water beneath the Temple of Poseidon awaited. “It was the most natural and atmospheric dive I have ever made,” says Duque. “I felt really close to nature, standing on a cliff surrounded by darkness. The amazing energy of the full moon and the ancient temple created a unique atmosphere, urging me to do the dive in the dark waters beneath me.”

Orlando Duque poses for a portrait in Cape Sounio, Greece on 21st of August 2013
Orlando Duque - Portrait© Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

Duque’s dive is not the first to be made from this cliff – although the previous ones have a tragic story. According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea.

Up next for Duque? He heads to Boston for the next instalment of the Red Bull Cliff Diving Series.