They defy gravity, perform tricks of breathtaking complexity and reach speeds of more than 85kph in less than three seconds – cliff divers not only pursue the purest extreme sport on earth, but it’s a sport that’s also rapidly-evolving. 7 stops, 3 continents and 1 champion. Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has revolutionised the sport of cliff diving. A total of 35 stops in 19 different countries have brought six different competition winners and three World Series champions in five years and, with the complexity of the 27m dives continuing to increase, there is no telling what the next five will bring! From the Aran Islands, the cliff diving elite will head north to the Kragerø archipelago in Norway for the next stop of the 2014 World Series, in two weeks’ time.
UK diver Gary Hunt has won the third leg of the 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series after a battling performance on Inis Mór.
Set over two days, the event was enjoyed by over 3,000 spectators who were treated to 14 divers from all over the world diving from a 28 metre platform specially constructed over the island’s Serpent’s Lair.
Gary Hunt made it back-to-back wins in Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition with another sensational victory on Ireland’s Inis Mór on Sunday afternoon. Hunt, who has three World Series titles to his name, secured another personal goal, beating 13 other divers, from 10 different countries, to first place after diving 28 metres into the spectacular Serpent’s Lair.
Commenting on his win, Gary Hunt said:
“It’s quite special this one. Having come here two years ago and having a really tough competition when I was not at my best and got the worst result of my career, it’s been great to get the win. I have to say that I was bit nervous when I saw this competition on the calendar. It’s such a challenge, but to have got through it and taken the win it’s pretty special. Two wins in a row definitely makes a statement and is definitely going to help me in my challenge for the top spot. I’ve got a nice lead now, but with just one mistake you could miss a final and then that lead is gone so I’m not taking anything for granted.”