Cliff diving returns to Sisikon for the first time in 8 years this weekend, as the world's best divers leap from up to 27m off the Uri Stone into Lake Lucerne's beautiful blue waters. American Steven LoBue is chasing a hat-trick after victories in Bilbao and Azores, although the 'brilliant Brit' Gary Hunt is back in form and targeting a first win in 11 months. In the women's, can anyone stop the dominant Australian Rhiannan Iffland from recording yet another victory? Stay tuned right here for all the action and updates this afternoon.
The divers have been introduced to the thousands of fans out on the lake and on land. Sizzling weather here in Sisikon. What an afternoon we're in for.
The women have just begun their 3rd round. Ginger Huber scores 8.5, 8, 8.5 for her Inward 1 Somersault.
Nothing too special from the wildcards Iris Schmidbauer and Jaki Valente, but Adriana Jimenez moves into the lead with three 8s from the judges for her Inward 2 Somersaults 1/2 Twist.
Antonina Vishyvanova has been very impressive since making her debut in Azores just a few weeks ago. The 20-year-old Ukrainian moves into second place now with a superb Back 1 Somersault.
British wildcard Jessica Macaulay is another wildcard who has been in eye-catching form this season. A close second place in Texas was followed up with a 5th in Azores, and now she's into the lead here.
Here comes Lysanne Richard, back in action this year after missing the whole of 2017 through injury. The Canadian snatches the lead from Macaulay with a beautiful Back Flying 1 Somersault. Just Rhiannan Iffland left to dive in this 3rd round.
And the judges love that Reverse 1 Somersault 1 Twist from Iffland. Three 8.5s thrust her into a 15 point lead heading into the final round.
It's a sell-out crowd here down on Lake Lucerne. 8,200 spectators have filled every vantage point on land and water to enjoy the action.
The men's 3rd round is now underway. Gary Hunt leads after two rounds, and today he's promised to be back to his twisting best as he targets a first win in almost a year. Steven LoBue though has a hat-trick in his sights after victories at the last two stops in Spain and Portugal.
Four divers have departed the 27m platform already in this men's 3rd round. So far, it's the 36-year-old wildcard Slavik Kolesnikov who has impressed the judges most, picking up three 8s for an excellent Arm. Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 Twist.
Local wildcard Matthias Appenzeller is making his debut on home soil here, and the crowd roar as he steps onto the platform. Three 7.5s for the Swiss, and that's not a bad start to the afternoon for him.
Andy Jones nails his Forward 3 Somersaults 2 1/2 Twists for three 8.5s. Brilliant from the American, and he's into the lead with that.
What a dive from Alessandro De Rose! He's had a slow start to his first season as a permanent diver, but a sensational Arm. Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 3 Twists could set him up for a strong finish here. The Italian holds a 10 point lead with three divers left in this round.
Oh dear! The hat-trick dream is over for Steven LoBue. He can only score 5.5s for his Back 3 Somersaults 3 Twists, and that's a huge disappointment for the American.
Jonathan Paredes puts down a decent Back 3 Somersaults 3 Twists. But how about this from Gary Hunt. The Brit absolutely nails his Forward 3 Somersaults 3 1/2 Twists and powers into a 29 point lead. Sensational!
So, we're into the women's final round now. Ginger Huber earns 8s for her Inward 2 Somersaults 1/2 Twist to move into the lead. Six divers left to go though, so likely no podium for the American despite the great dive.
Another solid dive from Antonina Vyshyvanova, and the Ukrainian wildcard is really proving her skills in the sport.
7.5s put Adriana Jimenez into the lead, but that might not be enough for a podium finish with four divers left.
A very nice Forward 3 Somersaults 1 1/2 Twists from Yana Nestsiarava. 292.30 points and the lead. But Jessica Macaulay quickly snatches top spot, and the British wildcard is really impressing this season. Just Lysanne Richard and Rhiannan Iffland left.
Lysanne Richard is back! She might not take victory here, but that's a podium finish guaranteed for the Canadian who missed the whole of last season with a neck injury.
Here comes Rhiannan Iffland. This could end up being very close. Can she take another victory?
Wow, amazing drama here as Iffland uncharacteristically fails to rip her dive. She takes second place, but all credit to Richard for a stunning final dive. She heaped the pressure on the reigning champion and forced the error. What a fairytale for the Canadian after a nightmare 2017.
Miguel Garcia gets the men's final round underway with a shocker of a dive. He crashes hard into the water, but the Colombian wildcard seems to be ok after that.
Michal Navratil has been in fine form this season, but a poor 3rd round dive has left him with a lot of work to do here.
Three 8s for Navratil and that's a great response. Certainly no podium for the Czech today, but he'll be happy to finish with a good dive here.
Sergio Guzman follows Navratil with three 8s. Here comes Steven LoBue now.
That's a lot better from LoBue after a poor 3rd round dive. 7.5, 7.5, 7 for his Forward 5 Somersaults 1/2 Twist and he moves into the lead. Plenty of divers left to come though.
Kris Kolanus sends up a huge splash, and the judges duly respond with a show of low scores.
The crowd send up a roar once again for their homegrown wildcard diver, Matthias Appenzeller, who is making his debut. What can he come up with here?
Well, the crowd loved the dive, but the judges not so much. Still, it's his first competition and he's certainly put in a solid performance this weekend.
Andy Jones has been on fire this afternoon. Three 8s for his Back 3 Somersaults 3 Twists puts him into the lead, and bumps his American pal Steven LoBue into second for now.
Blake Aldridge now twists his way into second place, and there are three divers left in this final.
No podium for Alessandro De Rose this season yet. Can he change that today?
7s put De Rose into third place, but probably not enough for a top three finish. Paredes and Hunt still to dive. Who is going to step up and grab this victory?
Jonathan Paredes absolutely rips his Forward 4 Somersaults 1 1/2 Twists to collect three 9.5s from the judges. That's just about as perfect as you can get. He ramps up the pressure on Hunt. Here we go...
The six-time champion is back in business with his first victory in almost a year. The twisting mental block is well and truly conquered, and what nerves of steel he showed to get the score he needed in that final dive under huge pressure. Another near miss for Paredes, but he's ticking along very nicely this season and moves into second place overall, behind Steven LoBue. Andy Jones takes third place on the day, while that win for Hunt moves him into third overall.
So, an emotional return to form for both Gary Hunt and Lysanne Richard after enduring a difficult 12 months. How fitting that they both rediscovered that old magic on the same weekend. It's been a memorable few days here in the stunningly beautiful Sisikon, and the world's best cliff divers will be back in action in three weeks in Copenhagen, Denmark.