Orlando Duque

The moment you stop being afraid, you begin to live dangerously

Orlando Duque of Colombia dives from the 27 meter platform on Morro Castle during the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Havana, Cuba on Ma
© Romina Amato/Red Bull Cliff Diving

Hi, my name is Orlando Duque. My discipline is cliff diving. I was born on 11 September 1974 in Cali, Colombia .


Motorsports, football or B.A.S.E. jumping, every discipline has its hero. For cliff diving, Orlando Duque is that man!

Orlando started out diving in swimming pools but quickly became tired of the regimented scene... diving off cliffs seemed more of a challenge! With an extraordinary natural talent, Orlando has won eleven world titles in total. That total is made up of being a six times World Cup winner, three times World Champions WHDF champion, winner of the Barcelona FINA World Championships and champion of Red Bull Cliff Diving.

The Duke has also been immortalised in the film 9 Dives, which includes the highest jump of his career to date – a 34-metre descent off a bridge in Italy. Duque has also made it into the Guinness Book of World Records on two occasions, one of them when he achieved a perfect 10 at the 2000 world championships.

When not leaping from the world’s most gnarly cliffs, Orlando lives in Hawaii, no doubt plotting his next epic feat...

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. FINA High Diving World Cup Champion

  2. 2014
    1. Dive from ARC Gloria - Sail Cartagena de Indias 2014

      Orlando took a 27m perfect dive from the renowned ARC Gloria, training ship and official flagship of the Colombian Navy

      Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

  3. 2013
    1. Eleven-time Cliff Diving World Champion

    2. 1st Place: Red Bull Cliff Diving Series #5

      Boston, USA

    3. 1st Place: FINA World Championships - High Diving

      Barcelona, Spain

  4. 2012
    1. 2nd Place Overall: Red Bull Cliff Diving Series

  5. 2010
    1. 2nd Place Overall: Red Bull Cliff Diving Series

  6. 2009
    1. Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Champion