What the Azores, cliff diving and making history have in common
Azores, Portugal will be hosting the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series for a record 8th time on June 22 2019. Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland could be set to make history with longest-ever winning streak in her 21st appearance in the World Series. This is what the Azores, cliff diving and making history have in common
The tiny volcanic Islet of Vila Franca do Campo has seen plenty of drama in previous seasons of the Cliff Diving World Series. The stage is now set for more exhilaration on the ‘Princess Ring’ as this nature reserve is called by the locals. This venue in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean will be the backdrop not only for the sport’s elite but also some fresh faces and upcoming talent.
When bare feet rise from the rocks, the world’s 24 best cliff divers will take flight once again as they leap both from the rocks and the platforms in their battle for crucial championship points. Those who want to stay in contention need to prove versatility. The action-packed show in Polignano a Mare, saw the champions Gary Hunt (GBR) and Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) stretch their leads with two wide-margin victories.
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic free-falls and dives of ever growing complexity, spotlighting the sport’s finest athletes as well as the most promising talents and in 2014 it introduced a Women’s World Series. In its 11th season, the sport’s best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from breathtaking heights with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during seven demanding competitions around the world. Between April and September, this pure extreme sport will hit waters in natural and urban environments as well as remote and iconic venues at oceans and rivers across Asia, Europe and the Middle East to crown two new champions.