Larry Koch Acapulco Cliff Diving Champion and
one of the best acrobatic divers in the business. He came into world of
professional diving on the coat-tails of the King, Barney Cipriani who
became a very close friend through the years. Larry worked as a Cabana
Boy and show performer in Miami Beach in the late 1960s and was still
doing water shows well into the 1990s.
Barney Cipriani & Doug Gandel August
2009 Larry shares some insight into
the early evolution of professional high
diving. He had tremendous respect for his mentors and fellow divers,
guys like Barney Cipriani, Doug Gandel and Bob Neeley. It was
the magic performed in those early years on Miami Beach that paved the
way for guys like Larry Koch, Dana Kunze and many others.
The Evolution Of Professional High Diving August
2009 The evolutionary stages /
segments of high diving with a quick review of
a few of the athletes that played a key role in the sport's progressive
development. Larry lived through most of the transitions and, being
such a tight-knit group to begin with, was close friends with nearly
every diver during that thirty-five-year period. He also expounds on
Dana Kunze's incredible reign as the ultimate king and his indisputable
domination of the sport.
Dana Kunze's Quest For A New World Record August
2009 Larry Koch has an extensive
high diving background, which enables him to
put a WORLD RECORD HIGH DIVE and the genuine adversity into
A monumental feat of that magnitude is hard enough
to perceive when considering the challenge for a young 'buck', but at
the age of 49, there are many more factors that come into play. It's an
even more perplexing challenge for a middle-aged man like Dana Kunze.
Mr. Koch serves up a fascinating take on this topic!
Koch - In The Beginning
As an Acapulco
Cliff Diver, Acrobatic Extraordinaire and a fabulous Clown Diver, Larry
Koch tells how it all started...for him anyway. He was a hand-chosen
protégé of the original legend himself; Barney Cipriani. Barney was the guy who
started the craze and made high diving so popular on ABC's Wide World of
Sports. He paved the way for the rest of us.
Larry was the next
generation, a guy who would do just about anything asked of him and
for-the-most-part, pretty much did throughout his thirty year career.
Dave Lindsay had a very enlightening interview with a very formidable
colleague and friend!