Tom Daley kicked off his 2015 season with a fifth British title in the 10m Platform at the British Gas Diving Championships in Plymouth.
Competing in front of a packed house at his former training base, the Olympic bronze medallist debuted his new dive as he claimed gold with 493.70.
"Nothing was amazing but nothing was bad and I’m looking forward to building on that in the competitions to come," - Tom Daley
While his new dive – a forward 3 ½ somersaults, 1 twist – was his lowest scoring in both prelim and final, Daley scored more than 90 for two of his other dives in the final to put clear water between himself and the field.
"I dived pretty well considering it was the first competition I have done in about five months,” Daley said.
“Everything was steady, nothing was amazing but nothing was bad and I’m looking forward to building on that in the competitions to come."
Plymouth’s defending champion Matthew Dixon signaled his improvement from last year as he took silver behind Daley.
The 14-year old improved on his score from the 2014 Champs by nearly 30 points as he finished on 427.15 with City of Leeds’ Matty Lee claiming bronze on 413.10.
There was also a familiar face on top of the podium for the women’s 3m Springboard as 30-year old Rebecca Gallantree won the British title for the sixth time and the first time since the Olympic trials in 2012.
The City of Leeds diver, who Commonwealth 3m Synchro gold with Alicia Blagg last year, was the only person to beat the 300 barrier on the day, winning with 304.20 in the final.
Teammate Katherine Torrance rounded off her breakthrough British Champs with her second individual medal of the competition, taking silver on 291.10 while 1m champion Rhea Gayle claimed bronze for Plymouth on 290.30.