"when YOU finally do it, you feel so empowered"
Most people surprise themselves with a sense of tenacity they probably never knew they had, leaping into the unknown with verve, but for those who don’t make it, there’s never any judgement. “We try to give people the drive they need to complete the jump because when they finally do it they feel so empowered,” Ismael explains. “But if they don’t manage it, we tell them to leave with acceptance and not frustration. The only competition is with yourself so be present and connect with your passion and your energy – that will give you the answers you’re looking for.” Ismael’s own cliff diving journey began in 2013 – although he admits that growing up in Ibiza, he always felt a connection with jumping off the rocky coastline into the Balearic Sea.
He had returned to Ibiza after many years spent living the expat life abroad – at a crossroads, unsure of what to do next and seeking inspiration. While trying to find his place – in Ibiza and life itself – Ismael met his future wife, who encouraged him to chase his dreams. On his bucket list was cliff diving in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is held; Ismael made the proverbial and literal jump and has never looked back. As a fascinating new universe opened up to him, he set about training with an Olympic coach in Gran Canaria – who he continues to train with every winter to this day – and started scouring Ibiza for the best places to host cliff jumping sessions while building a community of like-minded jumpers. Today, they host professional jumpers, production teams and our hotel guests alike – for Ismael, it doesn’t matter who he is jumping with, the wow factor is always there.