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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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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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