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Hunt and Iffland crowned cliff diving champions in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 settembre 2021

Polignano a Mare. Gary Hunt and Rhiannan Iffland signed off the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in style in Italy on Sunday afternoon, displaying their dominance once again by brushing aside the robust challenge of their rivals to claim yet another victory before their crowning ceremonies. Earlier in the week, the two remarkable athletes had wrapped up the championship wins at the Puglia stop in this very same location, extending their reign at the top of the sport for another year. For Hunt, it was a ninth King Kahekili Trophy in 12 seasons, while Iffland proudly picked up her fifth title in a row in the home of European cliff diving.In a competition packed full of high-quality diving with an overall 26 tens from the judges, Hunt was simply a class above as he cruised to a 30-point victory despite his closest challenger, Constantin Popovici, also laying down a perfect dive of his own to pile the pressure on the Frenchman. The Romanian finished runner-up for the third time this season, securing himself the same position in the overall season standings ahead of compatriot Catalin Preda, who also executed a perfect dive here to complete a successful season as wildcard in third place overall. Local hero Alessandro De Rose wowed the home fans once again in the spot where he earned his only victory four years ago, and despite leading going into the final round, the impressive Italian couldn’t quite match the two men above him as he took third place in a competition for the second time this season.For Iffland, victory at this season finale was every bit as commanding as Hunt’s, with 29 points the gap back to Molly Carlson in second place. The records continue to mount for the Australian, who earned her 13thvictory in a row to compliment her fifth King kahekili Trophy in as many seasons. Canadian Carlson completed what has been an impressive debut season as a wildcard with another runner up spot, having already secured a third-place finish overall to earn automatic qualification to next season. Iffland’s compatriot Xantheia Pennisi finished third here, taking fourth place overall to join Carlson in the permanent line-up next season. Jessica Macaulay missed the podium for the first time this season, but despite that the Canadian holds onto second place overall. Four men and four women automatically qualify for the 2022 World Series, while the remaining four places in each category will be decided by overall world rankings, which will take into account the FINA High Diving World Championships, due to be contested in December. The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series looks back at a record breaking 12thseason: After 21 months away, competition returned in dramatic style in Saint-Raphaël, France in mid-June and saw Romanian wildcard Catalin Preda produce a magnificent display from 27m to score his first-ever victory. Four-time champion Rhiannan Iffland from Australia made an imperious start in the women’s; and the unstoppable Aussie continued to reign in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Gary Hunt returned to winning ways at Stari Most. Hunt and Iffland maintained their winning form on a dramatic and barely believable day of high-quality action at the fourth stop of the 2021 World Series in Downpatrick Head, Ireland, before the international cliff diving elite set sails for the Italian doubleheader. On a weather-affected final day in Puglia, the French and Australian record champions successfully defended their Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series titles with victory at the penultimate stop of the 2021 season only a couple of days ago.

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The heat is on – cliff diving 2021 champions to be crowned in Italian doubleheader

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 settembre 2021

With two perfect dives and a record number of 10s from the judges added to the history books of the World Series, the cliff diving athletes are in prime form going into the ‘Grandissimo Finale’ in the sport’s European home in Polignano a Mare, Italy. Rhiannan ‘invincible’ Iffland maintains in winning form with 11 consecutive victories and comes to Italy as the first female cliff diver to achieve a perfect dive with all 10s from the jury. The Australian holds all trumps to extend her reign for another year to make it five overall titles in a row. It is an array of wildcards and potent talent that could interfere Iffland’s intentions.Canada’s Jessica Macaulay, 2019 overall runner-up, has podiumed in all competitions this year and sits in second place overall. The wildcards Molly Carlson, also from Canada, and Australia’s Xantheia Pennisi, both with a 2021 debut podium, seem accomplished enough to achieve their first World Series wins.Everything is still wide open in the men’s where Gary Hunt can become Italy’s Mr. three-peat – two wins this season in Mostar and Downpatrick Head as well as two previous victories off the private rootop tearrace in Polignano a Mare. However, strong competition comes from the Romanian duo Catalin Preda, the wildcard winner from France, and Constantin Popovici, runner-up in the past two stops.The top trio in the current overall standings is alarmed by an Italian hero – Alessandro De Rose. The 29-year-old athlete became the first ever male wildcard to win in a fairy-tale setting at home in 2017. Boosted with confidence from his first podium in four seasons in Ireland last week, De Rose is a contender for victory on home soil as well as qualification for 2022. September 22 and 26 are the decisive dates at the end of a year that has brought back the World Series to its spectacular 27m stage. The highly contested King Kahekili Trophy is up for grabs in Italy and will be awarded to only the best man and woman after five events counting towards the World Series ranking in a place where houses are built on rocks high above the sea. It’s go time for the cliff diving elite and Puglia as well as Polignano a Mare are all set for a one-of-a-kind 2021 showdown!. Wildcards Stop 5, Puglia (women, men): Aimee Harrison (CAN), Anna Bakunovytska (UKR), Meili Carpenter (USA), Molly Carlson (CAN), Xantheia Pennisi (AUS); Aidan Heslop (GBR), Blake Aldridge (GBR), Catalin Preda (ROU), Nikita Fedotov (RUS), Owen Weymouth (GBR).Wildcards Stop 6, Polignano a Mare (women, men): Adriana Jimenez (MEX), Elisa Cosetti (ITA), Meili Carpenter (USA), Molly Carlson (CAN), Xantheia Pennisi (AUS); Artem Silchenko (RUS), Catalin Preda (ROU), Carlos Gimeno (ESP), Nikita Fedotov (RUS) Sergio Guzman (MEX). Five wildcards will be competing in these stops, as the winner in the men’s from France, Catalin Preda, and the second placed in the women’s from France, Molly Carlson, received an additional wildcard due to their exceptional results.

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Cliff diving enters era of equality and unveils three brand-new locations for 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2020

Entering its 12th year, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is back with eight exciting locations around the globe for an equalized athletes’ roster of 18 nationalities. With three brand new locations, the youngest ever permanent diver and the same standards for the men and women, the World Series progresses into a new decade. Featuring reigning champions Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) and Gary Hunt (GBR), the sport that combines acrobatic free falls from up to 27m and speeds in excess of 85km/h, returns reformed following a record-breaking season.Pure concentration, perfect skill and physical control are the mandatory components in the athletes’ quest for the glorious King Kahekili Trophy. At venues ranging from natural wonders and visual feasts to historic sites and untouched waters across four continents, this rapidly progressing sport will push the boundaries again in 2020 and produce two new champions during eight tough and testing competitions.New to the tour this year is Bali, Indonesia, Norway’s capital Oslo and Australia. It’s going to be an emotional highlight when reigning and 4-time women’s World Series champion Iffland returns home to round off the season for the first time ever in Sydney Harbour.However, before the divers get to experience this special atmosphere, the world-class athletes of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series launch themselves from heights of 27m (men) and 21m (women), hitting the water less than three seconds later, also in crowd classics like France, USA, Italy, Portugal, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina.The season’s first dives from nearly three times the height of the Olympic platform take place in one of the world’s most exotic settings in a brand-new location in beautiful Bali, where the men and women will get to showcase their skills in two paradisiacal spots – Aling Aling Canyon & Nusa Penida.Following the lush greenery and pure white sands of Indonesia, a World Series favourite makes a welcome return to the calendar: La Rochelle, France. For the first-time ever the women will get to experience this daunting venue in the Bay of Biscay, where the former defence tower of Saint Nicolas already served as the inaugural launchpad at the very first stop in 2009.The placid waters surrounding Possum Kingdom Lake’s Hell’s Gate will once again be beautifully disturbed end of June when thousands of fans on boats, kayaks and paddleboards meet for a sporting lake party.Back in Europe, the athletes return to the venue where houses rise from the rocks and 70,000 passionate fans await in Polignano a Mare in the very south of Italy. From the private roof-top on the cliffs, the World Series travels to an iceberg-look alike roof top at the head of the Oslo fjord. When the platforms are mounted on the Oslo Opera House, the 24 athletes will compete in the Norwegian capital for the first time ever.No location on the planet has welcomed the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on more occasions than the phenomenal rocks of Portugal’s Azores islands. For its 9th consecutive year as host, this typically mid-season stop could have some added spice due its rare scheduling in the business end of the season. A September date is the latest ever in the mid-Atlantic spot, and tiring limbs and minds will be tested to the limit by the natural and often unforgiving conditions, as the divers battle for crucial championship points.The drama continues in Mostar, when the historic Stari Most plays host to the penultimate stop of the season, a crucial point at which pressure can make or break an athlete’s season. Last year, Hunt and Iffland secured their titles here, while Constantin Popovici (ROU) scored five 10s for a perfect dive.Following seven months of exciting action around the globe, the 2020 World Series concludes with a first-ever visit to Australia, where two champions will be crowned in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans at Sydney Harbour. All eyes will be on the sport’s most decorated athlete, Rhiannan Iffland, who will be hoping for a majestic homecoming, while the men’s title tussle will also be settled from the purpose-built 27 metre platform in the middle of the harbour.As 2020 kicks off, the World Series enters a new era when the same number of male and female athletes have permanent status (8) and they follow the same competition format as well as a whole new generation of athletes pushes into the World Series.Although 8-time champion Gary Hunt from England is the one to catch, sports director Greg Louganis believes that it’s all up for grabs this season in the men’s as established divers up their game steadily and newcomers jump on the podium on a regular basis. With two new permanent divers in the women’s division – Colombia’s Maria Paula Quintero, the first teenager to secure a permanent spot, and Iris Schmidbauer from Germany – competition will fierce up for undefeated champion Iffland as well.

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Legendary cave leap ahead of cliff diving premiere

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 luglio 2019

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Captivated by the place’s beauty and purity during a site-visit earlier this year, 3-time women’s champion and current overall leader Rhiannan Iffland from Australia returned to the Lebanese village of Hamat to dive together with the cliff diving legend Orlando Duque from Colombia. The locals’ favourite cliff diving spot serves as entry way to a cave as well as a warm-up for the 5th stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series from Beirut’s Pigeon Rocks this weekend. Going into the second half of the season, the battle for vital ranking points will spice things up in Lebanon’s capital city.Pairing up with the sport’s most lustrous figure, Orlando ‘the Duke’ Duque, the Australian kick started the business end of the 2019 season with only three stops left before the coronation of the champions mid September.“It’s my second time here in Lebanon this year and again it’s super enjoyable. We’re going to hold the first cliff diving competition here and it’s a privilege to come here and put on a show for the people of Beirut”, stated 27-year-old Iffland, “exploring a new culture and a new place adds to the diving, so I’m very, very happy and excited to be back here.”After the spectacular rocks of Hamat, the season’s 4-time winner from the 21m platform moved to Beirut’s neighbourhood of Raouché, where she could win for the 5th consecutive time this year and stay unbeaten in 2019.In the men’s, 7-time champion Gary Hunt from Great Britain also wants to stretch his winning form and a victory from the natural landmark known as Pigeon Rocks would mean the 3rd win in the season’s 3rd off-the-cliff competition following Philippines and Portugal.
While Iffland and Hunt aim to increase their stranglehold at the top and retain the King Kahekili trophy, the acrobatic cliff diving feats of the 24 athletes from up to 27m will leave the fans below the rocks in awe when the world’s oldest extreme sport debuts in one of the oldest cities in the world. The Red Bull Cliff Diving Newsroom is the central hub for all World Series content and will be updated through out the event week and is free for editorial use for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile, and digital.

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Cliff diving officially accepted a tradition of the Azores

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 giugno 2019

Jessica Macaulay and Jonathan Paredes, world-class cliff divers from Great Britain and Mexico, took the traditional Marchas Populares, an annual parade of marching groups worshipping Saint John on the Azores’ main island, to the cliffs of the islet of Vila Franca do Campo. By diving through a flowered arch typical for the festivities into the Atlantic Ocean the duo kicked off a week of pure cliff diving. 24 athletes return to the volcanic rocks to not only fight for crucial championship points halfway through the 2019 season, but also celebrate and explore the tradition of their pure sport: Spread their wings and leap acrobatically from both the bare rocks and the platforms offshore from São Miguel.It’s the World Series’ most classic event with 8 consecutive stops since 2012 – more than any other of the 33 venues – and this year the competition coincides with the local tradition of the Festas de São João da Vila, where more than 15 marching groups and 1000 participants march along the streets of Vila Franca do Campo, filled with lights, arcs, colours and flowers for 11 days straight.After Macaulay and Paredes got introduced to the local dance and marching tradition, they presented their diving skills to the local community as they launched from the volcanic rocks in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.Both are currently in 4th place overall and will need to prove versatility if they want to stay in contention for the 2019 King Kahekili Trophy, while record-smashing Rhiannan Iffland can make history in her 21st appearance in the World Series. The 27-year-old Australian holds all the trumps to secure her 4th victory in the season’s 4th event from 21m, something no other female athlete has yet achieved in this sport.Supreme acrobatic skills will also be required in the men’s to stir up the standings, with the added challenge of dealing with the open ocean. While Britain’s Hunt is the most successful athlete in this majestic location with three wins, the 35-year-old hasn’t tasted victory in the previous two Portuguese competitions.The stage is set for more excitement on the ‘Princess Ring’, as the locals call this nature reserve. Almost circular in shape but broken by a sea entrance through one section of its perimeter, the phenomenal visuals of this mid-Atlantic venue will be the backdrop not only for the sport’s elite but also some fresh faces and upcoming talent at the midway point of the 2019 season.

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Red Bull Cliff Diving Returns with Ultimate Test of Nerve – and the Impact of a Mike Tyson Uppercut

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 Maggio 2016

red bullThe world’s best professional cliff divers face their biggest challenge yet when the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns on June 4 in Texas, USA, with the ever growing complexity of dives pushing the limits of what is physically possible, while the addition of live TV coverage piles on the psychological pressure. The platform is up to 28 metres high (92 feet), the drop takes just 3 seconds, and the athletes reach speeds of 85 kilometres (53 miles) per hour as they twist and somersault up to five times before impact. The only way to hit the water safely from that height is feet first, and even the slightest mistake in timing can mean a bruising experience for the men and women taking part. “When you have a bad landing it can feel like an uppercut from Mike Tyson,” explains Britain’s five-times series champion Gary Hunt. “Any loss of concentration can be very painful.” The 2016 season is the eighth since the launch of the World Series in 2009 and for the first time every event will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV and stations around the world. The physical workload will be tougher than ever too, as the male athletes complete an Intermediate Dive to go with the Required Dive and the two Optional Dives, which feature ever higher degrees of difficulty. Diving is a test of nerve as well as consistency and skill, with the men’s platform almost three times that of the 10m board in Olympic diving. As the athletes prepare to launch themselves from the platform, trained rescue divers wait in the water in case anything goes wrong. On land, Olympic gold medallists Greg Louganis of the United States and Russia’s Dmitri Sautin are among the pool of judges scoring dives on execution. Defending champion Gary Hunt will once again be the man to beat, while last year’s runner-up Orlando Duque of Colombia still feels he can land a second Red Bull Cliff Diving title at the age of 41.The American Steven LoBue will be one of the most closely watched athletes. LoBue is known as the Turbo Spinner, and is the only athlete who performs five somersaults in the three seconds it takes to complete a dive. Britain’s Blake Aldridge, who was Tom Daley’s synchro partner at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has also been pushing the envelope. Aldridge racked up the highest ever degree of difficulty last year with a dive featuring 2 reverse somersaults and five twists. On the women’s side, America’s Rachelle Simpson has so far appeared all but untouchable, winning the first two editions in 2014 and 2015 from the 20m platform. The former gymnast is a Texas native and is eager to see the sport grow. When she resumes competition on familiar territory. “Now we have almost the same amount of competitions as the men. I think it will help people see that women are the real deal and not just an exhibition. It also gives us women the chance to cliff dive more and with more cliff diving comes more experience and a higher level of diving.” (photo: red bull)

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Hunt Takes 20th Victory, Duque Podiums in Colombia

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 aprile 2015

Hunt divingIt was a season-start in style for four-time World Series champion Gary Hunt, who dominated the first competition of the 2015 season in Colombia’s Cartagena, making it his 20th victory in seven years of the World Series. The Brit’s haul of 526.20 points is his second-highest score to date, and just 0.20 points short of his personal best. 30,000 vocal spectators cheered their local hero Orlando Duque (477.60pts) to a podium finish from the 27m-platform on the Centro de Convenciones and secured the Colombian the best start to a season for three years. Second-placed David Colturi, from the USA, gave another very strong performance plunging into the year with a new personal best (493.80pts). After this superb opener in the Caribbean, the cliff diving elite heads to the chilly waters of La Rochelle, France, for the second stop on Sunday, May 17.
Gravity-defying freefall punctuated by awe-inducing tricks – that is cliff diving. The sport’s best athletes leap aesthetically from almost three times the Olympic height with no protection at all, except their concentration, skill and Huntphysical control. In less than three seconds, gravity propels the divers’ bodies as they fall the equivalent of eight stories, reaching speeds in excess of 85kph.
Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for breathtaking action and dives of incredible complexity, spotlighting the sport’s top athletes as well as young talent and in 2014 it introduced a Women’s World Series. In its seventh season, this rapidly-evolving sport will crown new champions during eight demanding competitions for the men and three stops for the women. Between April and September, this pure extreme sport will touch waters in natural and urban surroundings as well as remote and iconic venues across South America, the US and Europe and top it all with the season finale and the 50th World Series competition.
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Ready, set, go! Eight ladies and 14 gentlemen are prepared to take to the water and determine the season’s best cliff divers

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 ottobre 2014

divingThe stages for the final showdown of the 2014 World Series have been set at 20m and 27m at the ‘Blue Cenote’ Ik Kil, a natural phenomenon which looks like an imaginary place with root-covered walls, crystal-clear waters, lush green vegetation and wildlife. The first-ever female World Series champion will be confirmed, as well as the ‘brilliant Brit’ Gary Hunt who will be crowned overall winner after securing the title at the penultimate stop. Competition among the men remains high, particularly for one of the coveted top-five places and a guaranteed spot for next season. After a long season of sensational diving, vital ranking points are still up for grabs and the final showdown on the Yucatán Peninsula will provide cliff diving at its most majestic.“It’s been a wicked year and it’ll be a pleasure to dive in Mexico knowing the title is already secured,” says Gary Hunt (910pts), with a hat-trick of wins to his name already in 2014. Besides the top spot, nothing has yet been determined. Defending champion Artem Silchenko (680pts), from Russia, moved up in the overall rankings from 5th to the position of runner-up by winning the competition in Bilbao, ahead of America’s Steven LoBue (660pts) who is in third place. The season of 85kph dives comes down to the wire and with only the top five of the overall standings qualifying automatically for next year, the fight is tight. England’s Blake Aldridge holds fifth, but Jonathan Paredes is nipping at his heels and is only 10 points behind (540pts), in sixth, before stop number 7 on home soil.In the Women’s World Series, it’s Texan Rachelle Simpson coming to Mexico as the leader of the standings. After two straight wins from 20m, she is 80 points ahead of six-time European cliff diving champion Anna Bader, from Germany. The third spot in the women’s standings is currently shared by Americans Ginger Leigh Huber and Tara Hyer-Tira, as well as Mexican Adriana Jimenez (200pts). As the top-four divers from the first Women’s World Series are automatically qualified for the 2015 series, Cesilie Carlton (180pts), the FINA high diving world champion, is still in the running for automatic qualification.The high diving elite returns to this awe-inspiring cenote close to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza in the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula, where the trophy for the best of the best will be awarded to both the male and female champions. On October 17, at 10am local time, the ladies will compete from 20m, a day later the men’s competition from 27m starts at 11.30am. Who will confirm their place in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015?
It’s pure, it’s fast and it takes your breath away. Cliff divers leap aesthetically from almost three times the Olympic height and hit the water at speeds of 85kph, protected only by their concentration, skill and physical control. Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has featured the biggest talents, the most promising newcomers, and since 2013 has also provided a platform for women. Seven tough competitions for the men, three challenges for the women – in its sixth season this jaw-dropping sport will hit new as well as proven ground in the Caribbean, North and Latin America and Europe between May and October to determine a new champion for both men and women. Maurice Lacroix is the official watch partner of the 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. (diving)

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Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2014

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 luglio 2014

red bullKragerø, Norway, is ready for the 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on July 12 In a land famous for its Vikings, the ‘pearl of coastal towns’ welcomes another set of adventurers ready to take to the sea in an attempt to conquer. 14 men and eight women will dive from 27m and 20m respectively into a floating arena of boats and ships on Saturday afternoon. The holidaymakers in Scandinavia’s summer hot spot are ready to see cliff diving par excellence, as the athletes launch from a skerry in order to determine the half-time leader of the 2014 World Series.New faces on the podium, new high scores and personal bests – the sixth season has so far exceeded all expectations and the Kragerø archipelago will be host to the second stop of the first-ever Women’s World Series, which has taken the sport to a whole new level. After the kick-off competition to find a female World Series champion in Texas, the ladies get their next chance to show diving grace from two times the Olympic height. In the men’s fight for the title, the question is, will anybody be able to dispute Gary Hunt’s overall lead? He won four years ago in Kragerø and has taken back-to-back wins in Texas and Ireland. Can he make it a hat-trick here in Norway? In the southernmost municipality of the county of Telemark, and amidst almost 500 islands, islets and skerries, a 27m tall rock will be the focal point of high diving this weekend. The athletes’ breathtaking twisting and flipping action will only be stopped by entry into the Skagerrak strait at almost 90kph. Expressionist painter Edvard Munch found his personal “pearl of coastal towns” in Kragerø and, on Saturday, a special group of people are in town to search for their very own pearl. The cliff diving action starts on July 12 at 1pm local time.

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American phalanx at us-leg

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 agosto 2013

Kris Kolanus - ActionRed Bull Cliff Diving World Series dives into second half of the season in Boston, US diver David Colturi claimed his first ever podium in front of his home crowd last year and returns to the East Coast as the winner of the last World Series competition in Italy. Following four stops in Europe, the World Series leaps over the Atlantic into the second half of the season and touches down in one of America’s oldest cities – Boston, Massachusetts, on August 25. The international high diving elite will for the third time climb to the top of the 90-foot-high Institute of Contemporary Art building on Fan Pier and try to propel their performances towards perfection in the latest ‘exhibit’ at a place of inspiration and imagination.After the longest competition break of the season, which gave the ten World Series athletes time to rest and get prepared for the demanding second half of competitions, the divers are ready for the fifth stop of the 2013 season. No better place could have been found than the sports-mad city that proved its nickname in 2012 when more than 40,000 spectators came to watch the world’s top athletes put on an exhibition of their own.Four competitions haveSteven LoBue, David Colturi - Lifestyle seen three different winners – in the World Series’ fifth year everybody is on top of his game and, going into the second half of the season, the fight for the title is still wide open. Current tournament leader Gary Hunt, from England, Russia’s Artem Silchenko, who already has two victories to his name in 2013, and the latest winner, 24-year-old David Colturi, will take on the next challenge, along with the first-ever FINA High Diving World Champion Orlando Duque (COL), who sits in third after the first half of the Series.Among the four wildcards invited to the Boston leg are three Americans – Andy Jones, Kent De Mond and Kyle Mitrione will make it five American divers in the start list besides World Series athletes Colturi and Steven LoBue – and Polish talent Kris Kolanus. Back on the judging panel is the most famous diver of all time, USA’s Greg Louganis, as well as Anke Piper, Steve Foley, Tonio Martinez and Head Judge Claudio de Miro.
Founded in 1936, the ICA’s mission is to exhibit contemporary art. Count on the divers to deliver unforgettable impressions on Sunday, August 25, from 2pm local time.85kph, aesthetic gravity-defying freefall – cliff diving is the purest extreme sport on earth. Ten of the world’s best cliff divers launch from 27 metres with no protection at all, except their concentration, skill and physical control. They add flips and twists to their freefall and hit the water three seconds later. As the pinnacle of cliff diving competitions, the 2013 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is once again the platform for breathtaking action and beyond-belief complexity, spotlighting the sport’s top athletes as well as young talent. In its fifth season, the World Series title is decided during eight competitions across Europe, Asia, North and South America between May and October.(DT_230813)

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The high diving air-volution continues

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 dicembre 2011


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The best high divers in the world versus gravity. Twisting and flipping 27 metres through the air and hitting the water after three seconds at 85kph. Three years after its inception, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is established as the pinnacle of high diving competition. In 2012 this unique championship will once more be the platform for the world’s most dizzying dives in seven stops between June and September in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Eleven athletes will compete head-to-head for the prestigious World Series title and spread the spirit of cliff diving all over the globe.2011’s top seven divers, including two-time champion Gary Hunt and his predecessor, Orlando Duque, have all qualified automatically for the fourth edition. 15 others – among them five pre-qualified from last season – will fight for one of four available slots at the qualification competition in February in Australia so that they too can be a part of the 2012 World Series. The field of eleven permanent participants will be added to with up to three wildcard divers per event who will for the first time get awarded points for the overall rankings and might have a say in the final results.In a sport where three seconds can be an eternity and even the smallest mistake could cost you victory, a head-to-head battle will spice things up even further. Only the top seven divers after three rounds and one lucky loser will make it to the final heat. Five international jurors who award scores from 0 to 10 for each dive judge the whole competition which consists of two required and two optional dives. US diving icon Greg Louganis, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, will again be part of the eleven-person jury pool, whose eagle eyes will view take-off, position in the air and water entry.Natural and urban, remote and iconic – six of the seven selected locations are new to the calendar and promise challenging competition. Kicking off in mid June in France, the World Series goes north to Grimstad (NOR) and will touch Portuguese soil for the very first time on the volcanic islands of the Azores one month later. The mid-season stop is hosted by Ireland, and after a touchdown in the sports-mad city of Boston (USA) – the only unchanged location for 2012 – Wales (GBR) welcomes the divers in early September. Only three weeks later the grand final takes place in the Sultanate of Oman, in the picturesque Wadi Shab.In its fourth year, the 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will deliver a series of innovations that will put the world’s high diving elite to the test. Only the best of the best can win the title!

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Diving World Series 2011 in Boston

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 agosto 2011

A big cheering crowd, high level diving and a double touch down – Boston Harbour was the perfect setting for another glorious victory for English diver Gary Hunt, who secured his second overall World Series title today with a fourth consecutive win. In his homeland, American Kent De Mond came back to the podium after a hard season with only 2.15 points separating him and second-placed Artem Silchenko from Russia. This Saturday, cliff diving went urban: Instead of natural cliffs, divers used the newly installed platform on the cantilever roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art on Fan Pier, which is more than 80 feet above the water, for the tour’s sixth stop. A stoked crowd of 23.000 spectators surrounding the area around the venue watched the first East Coast stop in the United States in the Series’ three-year history. The 2011 World Series will conclude in two weeks’ time off the Crimean shore in Yalta, Ukraine.
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.

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Catch me if you can

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 luglio 2011

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series diver catches a bridal bouquet while leaping from a castle balcony into Lake Garda Thursday afternoon saw World Series competitior Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic catch the bouquet from a „wedding couple“ at the popular wedding location at Scaliger Castle in Malcesine while jumping from a 24 metre balcony during a shoot for a video production in the build up to the fifth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Overlooking Lake Garda the famous castle, which was supposedly built by the Lombards, destroyed and rebuilt, owned amongst others by bishops, the Visconti family, the French and Austrians before it was declared a national monument in 1902, is a popular wedding venue known throughout Europe. For the coming weekend, though, the high diving elite will conquer the historical building to indulge their one and only love – leaping from dizzying heights and enjoying a three second flight spiced up with twists and flips. 27m above the lake, World Series leader Gary Hunt and eleven more daring men will open the second half of the 2011 season on Sunday, July 24, at 4.00pm. Their breathtaking performances will entice an armada of rubber boats, surfboards and spectators into the water around the castle. For all those who cannot witness the world-class high diving competition in person, the action can be watched as a live webcast on

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Red Bull Cliff Diving arriva in Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 luglio 2011

Malcesine (VR) 24 luglio 2011 Castello Scaligero Il cristallino Lago di Garda ospiterà la quinta tappa della Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011! spettacolari acrobazie di 12 atleti pronti a sfidarsi a colpi di tuffi da 27 metri. Sette gare impegnative, 12 tuffatori, 8 nazioni di provenienza, 26 metri di altezza, 3 secondi di volo mozzafiato, 85km/h la velocità della caduta libera: tutto questo è il Red Bull Cliff Diving. Tantissime novità per la terza edizione del 2011: nuovi atleti, location straordinarie ed evoluzioni aeree sempre più spettacolari. Tra marzo esettembre i migliori tuffatori al mondo si sfideranno per conquistare il titolo di campione esibendosi in sette imperdibili appuntamenti. Tuffi sbalordativi e acrobazie da altezze senza precedenti lasceranno senza fiato migliaia di spettatori in location da sogno come Rapa Nui sull’Isola di Pasqua (Cile), Yucatan in Messico, Atene in Grecia, La Rochelle in Francia, Malcesine in Italia, Boston USA e Yalta in Ucraina. Giudicati da una giuria di cinque giudici internazionali che prendono in considerazione il decollo, la posizione in aria e l’entrata in acqua, gli atleti competono per aggiudicarsi gli agognati dieci punti assegnati a un tuffo davvero impeccabile. (red bull)

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Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 giugno 2011

La Rochelle on Saturday, June 18, ‘La Grande Nation’ will have its eyes on the ‘little cliff’; only between 7pm and 9pm is the tide in the cold, 16-degree-centigrade, water of the Bay of Biscay high enough to secure the required water depth of five metres. For all those who cannot be onsite for the world-class high diving competition, the midway stop will be screened live on ServusTV from 7.30pm (CEST) with a live webcast on
Three down, three to go after France – with seven competitions in the 2011 World Series calendar, La Rochelle represents a pivotal moment in the Series. Gary Hunt, reigning World Series champion, comes to France as the overall leader and, after a moderate start to the last competition, the Brit has been working on his diving programme: “I’ve learnt inward double half in training so I’ll try that as my first dive in this event. The massive crowd here in La Rochelle always motivates me to perform really well.”
Since 2009, the catacombs of the Saint Nicolas Tower have come alive each year when the world’s best high divers come to town. 120 steps to the highest platform in the entire competition, the 27.5m structure will be the focus of attention for up to 70,000 spectators, the biggest crowd ever for a World Series event. Why? This breathtaking action is only to be seen once a year and never before has a French diver had a better opportunity to step up onto the podium. Cyrille Oumedjkane can be sure of his compatriots’ support!

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High divers jammed Norwegian water ways

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 luglio 2010

Polignano a Mare (Ba) on August 8  From a solid rock in the Oslo fjord, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series heads to southern Italy for the next stop. Thousands of boats on the water and spectators along the shoreline turned the picturesque Kragerø archipelago into a floating arena. The World Series has reached its midway point and Briton Gary Hunt is the man of the 2010 season so far. With the maximum haul of points he stands out from the rest. Bright sunshine and more than 12,000 spectators on boats and ships crowding the Skagerrak strait in Norway’s summer hot spot on Saturday afternoon cheered the cliff diving elite to deliver peak performances.The competition for the top six has never been so tight, only 0.05 point dividing positions 7 and 8, 1.5 points between rank 7 and 9. Forced by the new format the athletes have to take out their most difficult dives already in round two. Out of twelve participants Alain Kohl (LUX), ranked on a personal best 4th today, is the ninth to reach the top six and gives striking proof of the World Series’ claim of having the world’s best high divers.
The world’s best divers, six challenging competitions and 26 metres between take off and hitting the water smoothly, via athletic perfection. A selection of famous and well-known diving spots, as well as extraordinary natural and challenging urban venues, have been chosen. Occurring for the second year, the share between known and new locations is 50-50. Starting on May 15 in La Rochelle (FRA), the series took a leap over the Atlantic Ocean to Mexico (Yucatán) and came back to Europe for competitions in Norway (Kragerø), Italy (Polignano a Mare) and Switzerland (Sisikon), before reaching the land of the sport’s origin, Hawaii (Hilo), on September 12 for the grand final. Red Bull Cliff Diving competitions are judged by five international jurors with scores awarded according to the degree of difficulty and the execution of the dive.
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Malta: Miglior destinazione diving

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 aprile 2009

Malta ha ottenuto il prestigioso riconoscimento di terza miglior destinazione diving al mondo dai 35.000 lettori del Diver Magazine, rivista specializzata in sport acquatici del nord America. Nella classifica stilata, Malta è stata preceduta soltanto dall’Egitto e dalle Maldive. L’Ente per il Turismo di Malta ha rilevato che un ruolo importante è stato giocato dalle magnifiche acque che circondano le isole di Malta e Gozo, ricche di scogliere rocciose, grotte sottomarine, abbondanti varietà di pesci e relitti di navi, che raccontano la storia marittima di Malta. “Con una tale abbondanza di siti per immersioni, concentrati in una realtà così piccola come quella che circonda le isole maltesi, è incredibile che l’arcipelago maltese sia stato insignito di un riconoscimento così importante” è stato il commento ufficiale dell’Ente. Il PDSA (Professional Diving Schools Association) ha reagito positivamente alla notizia e si è congratulato con le scuole membri dell’associazione, che, come è stato sottolineato, hanno lavorato molto duramente per fornire servizi di alto livello e a costi contenuti. Un membro dell’Associazione, la Sig.ra Simone Brinch-Iversen, ha fatto notare che il riconoscimento non è giunto come una sorpresa, dati i commenti molto positivi raccolti tra i clienti nel corso dei mesi. Questo è tanto più vero se si pensa che il 40% del business del diving si basa su visitatori che ritornano. Ha inoltre affermato che Malta compete da anni con destinazioni che dispongono di un budget più elevato sia per le infrastrutture che per le azioni di marketing. Da tre anni a questa parte, un buon numero di centri affiliati all’Associazione hanno migliorato e arricchito i loro servizi in modo da allinearsi agli standard moderni ricercati dai sub esperti. “Questo deve essere preso come un passo avanti e, con l’aiuto dell’Ente per il Turismo di Malta, dobbiamo lavorare per migliorare sempre di più i nostri centri diving oltre che per garantire una protezione adeguata alle nostre aree marine, che vanno preservate” ha concluso la Sig.ra Brinch-Iversen.

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