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Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on July 26

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 luglio 2014

red bullA high cliff, water and a speedo – that’s what’s needed for a cliff dive and that’s exactly what the fifth stop of the World Series on the circular-shaped Vila Franca do Campo islet offshore from São Miguel in the Azores archipelago has to offer. An impressive monolith of volcanic stone and the outside crater walls serve as take-off points for breathtaking cliff dives. The two previous competitions on Portuguese soil have seen Artem Silchenko and Gary Hunt – both World Series champions – take victory. The Englishman is in perfect shape and leads the standings, while the Russian fights with a mean shoulder injury. Will the “Princess Ring” produce a new winner?
Going into the second half, the 2014 World Series also returns to its pure and most fascinating natural side. Diving from a 28m cliff face without the support of a rock solid platform creates a special thrill and challenge for the world’s top athletes. A foreign feeling to those rather new in the sport, adjustments to the regular diving routine for everyone, even the experienced athletes. Cliff diving’s wonder boy, Jonathan Paredes, jumped onto the podium in only his third competition in 2013 and has placed second and third already this season; he is in great form and will definitely want to have a say in the results in Portugal. Besides the Mexican, America’s ‘turbo spinner’ Steven LoBue understands his five somersault dive pretty well and claims podium after podium lately. Gary Hunts, Artem Silchenkos and Orlando Duques of cliff diving, be warned – the new kids on the rocks are about to take over! The almost perfectly round islet less than one kilometre from the coastline of São Miguel – locals call it “Princess Ring” – is the ideal venue to explore this pure sport and dive straight from the cliffs. Only for the more difficult optional dives will the athletes use the platform construction placed above the ocean. Situated in the middle of the Atlantic – 1,369km west of the European mainland – the Azores archipelago comprises nine islands spread over three groups. This territory symbolizes the beginning of the grand adventure of discovery that began in the fifteenth century and led the Portuguese to have a presence in the four corners of the world. Of volcanic origin, the Azores are undoubtedly one of the last paradises in Europe – appearing often in legends of the lost continent of Atlantis. Nothing to lose have the wildcard divers who are invited for the acrobatic three-second flights into the Atlantic Ocean. Andreas Hulliger, from Switzerland, has his first appearance in a World Series competition; Alain Kohl from Luxembourg, America’s Kyle Mitrione and the Ukrainian Sasha Kutsenko complete the list of wildcards. Five international judges, among them for the first time this year Russia’s world famous Olympic diver Dmitri Sautin, will judge all 14 divers’ performances, in which they achieve speeds of 85kph. The fifth competition of the season, the third in a row on the volcanic nature reserve starts Saturday, July 26, at 10am local time.

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