Aldridge takes a leap of faith
BLAKE Aldridge's cliff diving season got off to a disappointing start last weekend.
The Croydon diver, who was Tom Daley's partner at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has begun his first full season in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
But it did not get off to a good start for Aldridge, who came 13th and did not finish in the first round in Corsica.
Things had been looking good in the lead-up to the event, with the 30-year-old finishing second in practice, having come sixth in his first event in La Rochelle.
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He said before it got underway: "It's been a rollercoaster of a ride, everything's been happening so fast. The first one in La Rochelle, I was so scared, but I've learnt so much in a short space of time."
The first round was eventually won by American Orlando Duque, with fellow Briton Gary Hunt coming fourth.
The danger is something that really excites Aldridge.
He said: "I think cliff-diving as a sport is only going to get better. There aren't many people who have got that insane mentality and ability to push boundaries.
"It's got the power to grab people's attention. They can visualise the height. Normal diving is exciting but watching a diver jump off 27 or 28 metres, then see how long they're flying through the air for, and then hear the impact on the water.
"It's got a very big future."