Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 53

A mexican day in the life of a Cliff Diver

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 aprile 2011

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series gets into the rhythm for the second stop in Mexico Coming to Mexico means a change of pace. The day begins relaxed and the Latin American spirit and love for life builds up hourly before it peaks as the air cools down again late in the evening. This rhythm applies perfectly to the high diving elite who have come to the Yucatán Peninsula for the second competition of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series this weekend at Cenote Ik Kil. Like the Mexican lifestyle, concentrated and intense preparation leads to a firework of dives on competition day. The location for the second stop of the 2011 World Series is a root-covered sinkhole in the neighbourhood of the pre-Columbian Mayan city of Chichen Itza. One has to leave civilization behind and follow the lonely and empty road with its natural and green noise protection wall to find the entrance to the park of Cenote Ik Kil. To provide the athletes with the same light conditions as during the competition, the first training is scheduled for 11am; about half an hour before the joyful chatting and joking in all different kinds of languages and English accents heard around the sacred well turns into deafening silence. The twelve athletes have just started their mental and physical preparation for the day’s first dives. Current World Series leader Orlando Duque (COL) explains why: “Once we are getting ready, it’s different, it’s business. Everybody is focused a hundred percent. You are diving. You are ready. Your mind is set to what you are doing. That is when we stop joking and get more serious, because it is a serious game.” As soon as it is time for the first three-second flights, all energy is put into the jump off the 27m platform. Numerous somersaults and twists let the divers speed up to 85kph and the thunderous sound which is created when the divers hit the water gives a vivid impression of how much power is produced during the free fall.Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011. New divers, spectacular locations and creative tricks in the air – the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has come up with a few innovations for the third edition in 2011. Between March and September, the world’s best high divers fight for the title of World Series champion in seven challenging competitions. For the breathtaking three-second flights between take-off and hitting the water smoothly from a height of at least 26.5 metres, extraordinary natural and demanding urban venues have been chosen: kicking off in March in Rapa Nui (CHI), the World Series returns to Mexico (Yucatán) in April. The first competition on European soil takes place in Greece (Athens) in May, followed by France (La Rochelle) and Italy (Malcesine) in successive months. After a trip to the United States (Boston) in August, the grand final is hosted by the Ukraine (Yalta) on September 4. Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions are judged by five international judges with scores awarded according to the degree of difficulty and execution of the dive. (dt1104..)


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