This Saturday, April 25th, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015 begin in Cartagena (Colombia). This competition bring together the best divers in the world, pending this sport to be included as an official one in Olympics or Swimming World Championships. High Diving is show, it is risk but it is beauty. As an extreme sport, its practice is within the reach of just a few, but sports and water lovers can enjoy with incomparable dives in a unique environment.
For those who start becoming interested in this water sport, High Diving or Cliff Diving is jumping or diving from a extreme height trampoline into water. The dive can be executed from a cliff or, as in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, from a platform. Men jump from a height of 27 meters, and women from 18m. The technique is very precise and divers jump only a few times a day, since the impact with the water happens at high speed and they may be seriously injured if the dive not done correctly.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015 will have eight stops this year in America and Europe. Three of them, the ones in the States, Portugal and Italy, will be mixed-gender, and in the other five only men will take part. You can look the dates and cities up in the following interactive map.
Admission to the events is free, but spectators are encouraged to arrive early to choose the best spot from to watch the dives. A good option is to approach by boat, canoe or kayak, near the point where the divers go into the water. If you would like to attend one of the eight stops of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015, you can check all the details on the official website or follow the hashtag #RedBullCliffDiving on Twitter or their official accounts on Facebook, Instagram or Google+.
The divers participating in these world series have very different profiles. Some are already really experienced, like Orlando Duque (Colombia), the winner of the gold medal in this specialty in the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona 2013, when High Diving was an exhibition sport. Also the current champions of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Gary Hunt (UK), winner in four of the six editions held so far, will be there.
The rest of the divers that will be there are Artem Silchenko of Russia, Blake Aldridge from the UK, David Colturi, Steven LoBue and Andy Jones of the US, Jonathan Paredes from Mexico, Jucelino Junior from Brazil and Michal Navratil from Czech Republic. In the women competition, the divers are the Americans Ginger Huber and Rachelle Simpson, the German Anna Bader and the Mexican Adriana Jimenez.
– header photography by Madeleine Ball (license), edited