By Flo Wales Bonner September 28 2015
Saturday September 26 saw the seventh Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series final – and it was nuts. Cliff diving’s different from Olympic diving – just for laughs the platform’s an extra 17 metres higher, and, yep, often involves jumping off big scary cliffs. Different heats have been taking place in pant-wetting locations across the world – from Colombia to Copenhagen – since April, but the men’s final brought the action to La Salve Bridge in Bilbao, which had a special platform set up for the event. These toes are having none of it:
But what makes a person jump off a plank 27.5 metres in the air? Blake Aldridge, a former Olympian from London who placed third on the day (Brit Gary Hunt won the tournament), admits that the first time he tried cliff diving he was ‘shit scared’ – Olympic diving is a mere 10 metres. He says that getting seriously injured is ‘always at the back of your mind’.
But how does it feel? ‘Once you jump off you’re like a bird free-flying’, says Blake. ‘But then you hit the water and it hurts like hell.’ Er, sounds like fun. Just to get a sense of the larks, here are some snaps of the event. Hold on to your stomachs.
For more snaps, check out redbullcliffdiving.com. LifeProof, experts in extreme device protection and official sponsors of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015, has partnered with pro diver Blake Aldridge to explore the mental and physical demands of the sport in a mini-documentary. Watch it here.