More Flying !!!.....Clavadistas.

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UploadedMarch 7, 2009
TakenOctober 12, 2007
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Exposure1/500 sec at f/13
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Focal Length18 mm
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This is Jesus "Chikas" Garcia on his way to the ocean below. I took this shot about one second after he left his perch on top of a very high rock in Mazatlan, Mexico.

I was lucky enough to be allowed to go up to the top of the dive point with him after a fair bit of persuasion on my behalf that I would not get in the way or do anything to break his concentration whilst he was up there prepearing for the dive.

This is a lot higher up than it looks in this image, and not long ago one of this close knit small group of daredevils lost his life after misjudging the incoming swell.
When they get to the bottom, they are entering the water (head first) at a great speed and it is only a few meters deep. He did'nt make it.

A couple of days later I went back to see Chikas and his friends and presented them with some high quality A4 sized blow ups of these shots to show my appreciation. They were stoked, and so was I.

I think Chikas has got what it takes, and I also think that Kelly Slater's form of flying in the next image down looks a lot safer than this does !

Go Chikas.

16 responses

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi gave props (8 Mar 2009):

    cheeeez!

  • Aisling Browne

    Aisling Browne gave props (9 Mar 2009):

    Fantastic!

  • Blair N

    Blair N gave props (20 Mar 2009):

    Great capture, perfectly timed shot

  • petey whitelaw

    petey whitelaw gave props (22 Mar 2009):

    so sick. 'on his back to the ocean'. rad. those diver do belong there. i hear rumours of remote places that some of them have gills, and small wings.

  • Tim Narraway

    Tim Narraway said (24 Mar 2009):

    Thorpy says that photo is fully sick

  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart said (25 Mar 2009):

    Cheers Tim.......Thorpy would have a bit of catchin' up to do to keep up with Jesus here on the diving side.........he might beat Jesus in the water, but he sure as hell would'nt beat him to it !
    Fully sick comment by the way....love it!

  • :) L P

    :) L P gave props (29 Mar 2009):

    whoa..so cool!

  • Karmakar Akash

    Karmakar Akash said (23 Apr 2009):

    AWESOME!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (5 May 2009):

    Great action shot!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (8 May 2009):

    Holy crap!! I guess that would be living off the edge............ Great grab!

  • eric cahan

    eric cahan (Deleted) gave props (26 May 2009):

    awwesome shot

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (4 Jul 2009):

    Great hot. Lucky you. He's aptly named -

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (21 Jan 2010):

    Wow! Fantastic shot, and love the story!

  • alex hernandez

    alex hernandez said (3 Mar 2010):

    this is great..!!

  • iqbaldi islan

    iqbaldi islan gave props (20 Mar 2010):

    wow..

  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz gave props (23 Jun 2010):

    My wife's cousin does this, and the rest of her family does diving shows in theme parks… strange line of work if you ask me, but they enjoy it immensely!

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