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Red Bull Cliff Diving Series 2009

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 giugno 2009

RP_090616_RBCDSNL_DUQU_8449RP_090616_RBCDSNL_DUQU_8477The world’s best divers, eight challenging competitions and at least 26 metres between takeoff, athletic perfection and dive. In its first year, famous and well-known diving spots as well as extraordinary natural and challenging urban venues have been selected. Starting on the 8th of May in France (La Rochelle), the series will cross the Netherlands (Rotterdam/June 20th), Croatia (Dubrovnik/July 11th), Italy (Polignano a Mare/July 26th), Turkey (Antalya/August 8th), Germany (Hamburg/August 29th) and Switzerland (Sisikon/September 5th) before reaching Greece (Athens) for the finals on the 20th of September. Red Bull Cliff Diving events are judged by five international jurors with scores awarded according to the degree of difficulty and execution of the dive.  Nine times world champion Orlando Duque (COL) was the first diver to arrive in the land of tulips and clogs and went straight from the airport to complete a test dive at the ancient and idyllic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans before he and his eleven fellow contestants will compete in Rotterdam’s Harbour Museum on June 20th within the Red Bull Cliff Diving Series 2009.  After several days without any diving practise, the venue proved to be the perfect setting for Orlando Duque to launch himself 25 meters from a helicopter this Tuesday afternoon to get familiar with the local lifestyle and water conditions, and ready for the round two show-down with Andrey Ignatenko (UKR) and Gary Hunt (GBR).  With its traditional green painted houses, windmills, storehouses, Dutch barns and small, hump-backed bridges, a stroll around the Zaanse Schans generates a feeling of having stepped back in time. However, this afternoon a helicopter circled the water just to open its doors right in front of the six windmills and let one man acrobatically dive into the cold water of the river Zaan. “The most difficult thing about diving from a helicopter is measuring the height, but everything was perfect. Now, I am absolutely focused on the competition on Saturday and looking forward to an intense afternoon”, says Orlando Duque, runner up at the first stop of the series in La Rochelle, France. On Wednesday twelve of the world’s best high divers will meet in Rotterdam and get a first impression of the upcoming diving location: the industrial setting of the city’s historic “Leuvehaven” port. The epicentre of the competition is an enormous crane with a platform hanging at the impressive height of 26 metres. Starting at 01 o’clock pm on Saturday (June 20) the thrilling and most fascinating sport of cliff diving will be presented to the public by its international elite. (photo rbcd1,2)

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