Cliff divers spring from the rocks

2 MINUTES READ

Athletes set the mood for only off-the-cliff competition of the 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on the Portuguese Azores on July 9

A high cliff, a swimsuit and a stretch of water beneath – the purest extreme sport on earth is simple and fascinating, and the volcanic rocks in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean are the perfect playground. Ahead of the 2nd stop of the 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, four athletes explored hidden gems like creeks and lagoons spread all over the island of São Miguel finishing at the impressive monolith next to the circular shaped and stunningly beautiful islet locally known as ‘Princess Ring’.

Red Bull
The cliff diving elite will use the platform construction placed 21m (women) and 27m (men) above the ocean only for the more difficult optional dives (photo by Dean Treml)

Jonathan Paredes from Mexico and Australia’s Helena Merten were joined by Americans David Colturi and Cesilie Carlton, as they enjoyed their first off-the-rocks dives. They set the mood for the season’s only stop where the competitors launch directly off the cliff face from up to 27m into the ocean waves, spreading their wings diving straight from the cliffs like the pioneers did in Hawaii almost 250 years ago.

In the natural environment of the Azores archipelago it’s only a small leap from fun times to serious business, and so the 22 athletes from 9 nationalities need steady feet and strong nerves when the sport returns to its roots for the sixth year in a row. Volcanic stone in the shape of a ‘snakehead’ and the outside crater walls of the almost perfectly round islet serve as take-off points in this pure discipline.

Watch it live on www.redbullcliffdiving.com

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Brač Island Croatia view Destinations

Yachts guide to Brač: Island of the cultural adventure

Exceptional and challenging in its specific beauty island of Brač has been cherrishing olive and vine, sheep and goat, stone-masonry and stone-cutting… completing tourist offer …

Island of Biševo Croatia Destinations

Discover Biševo: Croatian island we all dream about

Although just a blink away from the island of Vis, the tiny island of Biševo has so much to offer it really should be considered …

Cruising Through The Mala Proversa Strait 01 Cruising

Sailing in Croatia: Magic labyrinth between Zadar and Kornati

Take a round trip snaking between the charming islands closest to the city of Zadar – and maybe you’ll find inspiration to continue on toward …

Arksen Flota Yachting

Arksen shows Adventure boat series

Arksen took centre stage at boot Düsseldorf Boat Show as the eco-focused innovation and technology company presented a series of new initiatives, each providing greater …

Heesen 00 Yachting

Heesen – Explore. Experience. Xventure.

Heesen teamed up with renowned British studio Winch Design to create the ultimate explorer yacht, conceived to take adventurous owners off the beaten path in …

Kajaci Adventure

Thousands Islands and One Kayak

The coast and the islands are ideal for exploring with kayak because with little effort you can reach inaccessible places and enjoy spectacular experiences Among …

This is photo of a new Grand Banks 85 Yachting

Remarkable Attitude of Grand Banks 85

An ocean-cruising 85-footer with a half-load displacement of 49,000 kilos, which is remarkable in the marketplace The company that pioneered the trawler-yacht niche more than …

This is a photography of Swan 108 Yachting

Swan 108: Evolution Is Better Than Revolution

Positioned between the Swan 98 and Swan 120, the Swan 108 is based on the evolution of the previous Maxi Swan, particularly in regard to …

This is photo of a Yanmar tested boat Yachting

Yanmar Maritime Hydrogen Fuel Cell System

Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd. have conducted a field demonstration test for the maritime fuel cell system. The …

This is photo of a Benetti launches MY Hawa Yachting

Benetti Launched Custom Yacht MY Hawa

Benetti launched from Livorno MY Hawa, a 48-meter full custom yacht designed in collaboration with the famous English studio RWD, who penned the exterior and …

This is a photopgraphy of 80 Sunreef Power Great White Tests

80 Sunreef Power review: Approved by Rafa Nadal

Power multi-hull 80 Sunreef Power gives motoryachts of the same size a run for their money. This model might just be the one to propel …

This is photo of a Tomislav Hrala, direktor prodaje i marketinga Portonovi Interviews

Tomislav Hrala: One&Only is new standard of luxury

The first One & Only resort in Europe is located in Herceg Novi, in the Bay of Kotor, which is considered one of the most …

Scroll to Top