Red Bull-fuelled cliff divers are already nuts, flinging themselves off rocky drops with uncertain landings. Now, the adrenaline-hungry crew will face a new challenge with the first Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series to be held at Japan's spectacular Sandanbeki Cliffs, in the southeast town of Shirahama.
The event will see fearless divers take the plunge on October 15 and 16, hurling themselves up to 90 feet from a two-mile stretch of cliffs in Yoshino Kumano National Park, into the Pacific Ocean. These particular coastal cliffs are home to a unique ocean spectacle called the 'black current', which consistently sends waves crashing into the rockface, adding to the drama.
The competition is equally fierce — Rhiannen Iffland from Australia and Lysanne Richard of Canada are neck and neck in the women’s competition, while Gary Hunt from the UK is seeking his sixth overall win for the men, but Jonathan Paredes of Mexico and Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic are close behind.
All competitors must perform one dive in each of the five categories to test versatility (front, back, inward, reverse, and from a handstand), and will be scored based on execution, form, and clean entries into the water below. The year’s winner will likely be decided following the final event in the series, held in Dubai on October 28.