The hard facts are exactly that – hard. You take off from the 27m platform, accelerate faster than a sports car during your spins and twists and hit the water at speeds of approximately 85kmh just three seconds later. The impact on the body is exceptionally hard. On a body that is not protected at all; at least not visibly.
Ireland was a third stop for the World Series Red Bull Cliff Diving. The big island among a group of three is home to legendary Serpent’s Lair – “Poll na Peist” in Gaelic – a “blowhole” or a shoreline window to subterranean caverns, which spurt out water each day as high tide approaches. What gives this place an inexplicable and mysterious nature is the near-perfectly rectangular shape of the hole. After 2012 this was a second time the cliff diving elite returned to the place. First time the island welcomed the divers with wind, rain and stormy conditions – this time – quite an opposite.
UK diver Gary Hunt – winner of 2014 Inis Mor, Red Bull Cliff Diving Ireland
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.
UK diver Mat Cowen and representing Colombia in the competition, diver Orlando Duque
USA diver Andy Jones and Russian diver and previous winner from Inis Mor and Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion 2013 – Artem Silchenko