Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series (24th June 2017)
Red Bull Cliff Diving travels to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands for the first stop of the 2017 World Series on the 24th June. The world most elite cliff divers, from around the world will compete at the Serpent's Lair or "Poll na Peist" in Gaelic, which is a natural formation that fishermen call a 'blowhole'. What makes the Serpent's Lair special is that it's a near-perfect rectangle, its inexplicable shape ensconced in Gaelic legend.
In ancient mythology it was home to a Sea Serpent and the sound of screeching stormy winds is said to be the monster making its presence felt.
Cliff diving involves athletes leaping into water from a height of 27 meters. Divers have about three seconds to co-ordinate their forms and movements before they hit the surface of the water at around 100km/h with a flat landing, known as a pancake, compared with landing on concrete from 13m. For the men, this will be the third time returning to Inis Mór (2012 and 2014 ), while the women will compete for the first time in Ireland at this extraordinary pool-like venue.
From 27 metres high and reaching speeds of up to 85kph, the world’s best divers will compete head-to-head in six stops including Ireland between June and September.
Seven years after its inception, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is established as the pinnacle of high diving competition.