Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Magazin 2024

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OFFICIAL PERF ORMANCE PA RT NE R Most wins in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

THE WORLD’S ELITE CLIFF DIVERS , ASTONISHING HEIGHTS, A SYMPHONY OF SKILL , CONCENTRATION , AND SHEER AUDACITY - THIS IS THE RED BULL CLIFF DIVING WORLD SERIES 2024 .

WITNESS THE ART OF CLIFF DIVING UNFOLD ACROSS EIGHT COUNTRIES AND FOUR CONTINENTS IN THIS ANNIVERSARY SEASON SET AGAINST URBAN LANDSCAPES AND REMOTE VENUES, ICONIC CLASSICS AND BREATHTAKING NEW LOCATIONS .

12 MEN AND 12 WOMEN WILL CAPTIVATE AUDIENCES WORLDWIDE, EXECUTING COMPLEX DIVES FROM UP TO 27 METRES ABOVE WATER, PLUNGING IN AT E XTRAORDINARY SPEEDS IN EXCESS OF 85 KILOMETRES PER HOUR IN A COMPETITION FOR THE SOUGHT-AFTER KING KAHEKILI TROPHY.

THREE SECONDS OF AESTHETIC FREE FALL THAT SEEMS TO OVERRIDE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS - IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE EXTRAORDINARY OF THE RED BULL CLIFF DIVING WORLD SERIES AS IT CELEBRATES THE MILESTONE OF 100 STOPS IN ITS 15TH SEASON AND REMAINS TRUE TO ITS UNWAVERING VALUES.

TURN THE PAGE TO FIND OUT ALL THE DETAILS AND ESSENTIAL INSIGHTS FOR A GREAT YEAR!

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DIVER WOMEN

DIVER MEN

WORLD SERIES RULES & REGULATIONS
36 MOLLY CARLSON 37 MEILI CARPENTER 38 RHIANNAN IFFLAND 39 SIMONE LEATHEAD 40 MARIA PAULA QUINTERO 41 XANTHEIA PENNISI 42 ELEANOR SMART 44 WILDCARDS
50 NIKITA FEDOTOV 51 CARLOS GIMENO 52 AIDAN HESLOP 53 JONATHAN PAREDES 54 JAMES LICHTENSTEIN 55 CONSTANTIN POPOVICI 56 CATALIN PREDA 57 OLEKSIY PRYGOROV 58 WILDCARDS 100 STOPS SPECIAL LOCATIONS 82 ATHENS 84 POLIGNANO A MARE 85 CAUSEWAY COAST 86 OSLO 87 MONTREAL 88 ANTALYA 89 SYDNEY MEDIA INFO & ASSETS ENCYCLOPEDIA 01 18 34 48 64 80 94 100 TABLE OF CONTENTS

WELCOME BY THE SPORTS DIRECTOR

15 seasons and more than a hundred stops – this is a big achievement!

When we had our first event in La Rochelle in 2009, I was still a diver and we dreamed of cliff diving around the world. That has now become a reality. Today’s divers work towards this all year round. This is thanks to a great group of athletes who put in the time to compete and push the sport forward, but also to many staff and team members who have made it all possible.

It also makes me very proud to have participated in the Series as an athlete and to have won the King Kahekili Trophy in the first season and now to be able to contribute to the further growth of the sport as Sports Director.

2024 brings a big change. We will implement a new Degree of Difficulty table. This is done every few years to keep up with the evolution of the sport, the new and more difficult dives. We need to make the necessary adjustments to ensure fair competition.

Besides, there are some new faces in the line-up, new dives being performed, but of course, the same intensity for all participants to bring home the King Kahekili Trophy. This season we will be offering more diving off the cliffs. This is a very interesting challenge - it brings the sport back

to its roots, to what Red Bull Cliff Diving really is. I love seeing all the complicated manoeuvres from the platform, but when we have these off-the-cliff competitions, it’s always a very good opportunity to show the pure sport.

The opening event for the 2024 season will be in Athens, the place where I was crowned champion. I’m sure it will bring a smile to my face, but now that I’m seeing the sport through the eyes of a sports director, we’re looking forward to a great opening event and then Boston for our 100th stop and a very successful 2024 season.

ORLANDO DUQUE The Pigeon Rocks in Beirut’s Raouché neighbourhood served as take-off spots in July 2019

OVERALL RANKINGS 2023

The introduction of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2009 heralded the start of a new era for this pure and captivating sport. The best cliff divers in the world have embarked on this extraordinary journey, taking the sport to a new level of performance and perfection, creativity and courage, adrenaline and adventure.

WOMEN

1- Rhiannan Iffland AUS – 1200pts.

2- Molly Carlson CAN – 970

3- Xantheia Pennisi AUS – 600

4- Eleanor Smart USA – 529

5- Meili Carpenter USA – 498

6- Jessica Macaulay CAN – 488

7- Iris Schmidbauer GER – 419

8- Yana Nestsiarava IAT – 250

In this most recognised series of cliff diving competitions, the top eight women and men in 2023 have secured a permanent ticket for the 2024 World Series via the world ranking.

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MEN

1- Constantin Popovici ROU – 1032pts.

2- Aidan Heslop GBR – 809

3- Carlos Gimeno (W) ESP – 703

4- Catalin Preda ROU – 698

5- Oleksiy Prygorov UKR – 462

6- Gary Hunt FRA – 462

7- Nikita Fedotov IAT– 445

8- James Lichtenstein USA – 386

Athletes aged between 20 and 40 from 17 countries – At each single stop during this multi-day event, 12 women and 12 men demonstrate their aesthetic skills to impress the international panel of judges and amaze the audience.

Every single dive is up to 27 metres high, 85 km/h fast and three seconds long – these three indisputable facts provide material for stories about concentration, physical and mental mastery in the athletes’ quest for the glorious King Kahekili Trophy.

THE WORLD’S BEST CLIFF DIVERS

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CLIFF DIVING SCIENCE

A DIVE IN NUMBERS

Risks – The highest risk of injury occurs in the landing phase, when parts of the body are already subjected to absolute deceleration and others, above the surface, are still travelling at full speed. At this point, maximum body tension is absolutely crucial. Immediately after hitting the water, the athlete must actively retract to prevent body parts from being crushed or twisted by the force of the water. However,

thanks to the technical training and experience of the divers, major mistakes can be avoided. In general, high diving over 28 metres does not offer much of a time advantage due to the rapid acceleration, while at the same time the risk of injury increases disproportionately. Cliff diving is an elite extreme sport. By the end of the 2023 season, 100 athletes from 25 countries had taken part in the World Series.

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DIVE HEIGHT 27 M | 90 FT FOR MEN 21 M | 70 FT FOR WOMEN TAKE-OFF JUMP UP TO 0.8 M ROTATION SPEED 2.4 PER SECOND VERTICAL VELOCITY 22.5 M | 73.8 FT PER SECOND TIME IN THE AIR 2.6 SECONDS WATER ENTRY UP TO 85 KPH | 53 MPH IMPACT DECELERATION 10 G

Saftey divers

Three safety divers at landing point, paramedics next to the diving point, ambulance on standby.

Water spray

The water spray breaks the surface and provides an important reference point for the divers.

Bull Cliff Diving World Series heights

Diving

IMPACT UP TO 9 TIMES HARDER THAN FROM 10M PLATFORM

10 m | 33 ft Heights can
-5 m Minimum water depth Olympic
28 m | 92 ft max. height 22 m | 72 ft max. height 26.5 m | 87 ft min. height 20 m | 65 ft min. height Platform ˇ Stable take-off board construction ˇ Minimum length: 1.5 m | 4 ft ˇ Minimum width: 0.75 m | 2 ft ˇ Platform rim at least 2 m | 6 ft beyond the vertical fall line
vary due to tides and waves
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THE NEXT GENERATION TAKING FLIGHT

SOME CHAMPIONS ARE BORN, WHILE MANY ARE BUILT. FOR CLIFF DIVING’S NEXT GENERATION, LEARNING TO FLY LIKE THE PROS REQUIRES MORE THAN RAW TALENT, PERHAPS A LITTLE MAGIC. THE SECRET MIGHT JUST BE, RED BULL UNDER MY WIIINGS ORLANDO DUQUE.

When cliff diving legend and Red Bull Cliff Diving’s sports director Orlando Duque started this unique initiative, his goal to discover and shape the next World Series wildcard was merely an idea. Three years running, Red Bull Under My Wiiings Orlando Duque has achieved this, and more.

It all started with Duque’s intention to create a development pathway for cliff diving’s up-andcoming talent to hopefully join the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series as a wildcard. A push dedicated to providing a platform where young divers can have the opportunity to access great coaching and resources, learning what’s needed to make it to the top.

Since 2022, three editions have already taken place – two in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 2022 and 2023, and one in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, last year. So far, a total of 39 future talents aged 16-20 from nine countries have participated.

From this pool of talent, two divers fulfilled the initial goal and secured wildcard spots in the 2023 World Series – Canadian Simone Leathead and American Maya Kelly. Leathead, along with two other Under My Wiiings Orlando Duque participants, Fred Gagne (CAN) and Yolotl Martinez (MEX), also competed in the 2024 World Championship in Doha earlier this year. 21-year-old Martinez has also secured a spot as a wildcard for the milestone 100th World Series stop this year in Boston.

Simone Leathead’s progression through this pathway is a true testament to realising the initial goals and hopes of Red Bull Under My Wiings, where this year, the 20-year-old will see her first season as a permanent diver in the 2024 World Series.

In a nutshell, the camps offer divers the chance to have one-on-one coaching sessions for a few days with Duque, correcting mistakes and refining their dive lists. They also get to work with World Series physiotherapist Angi Passenbrunner, guiding them on personal fitness training needed to handle a season of Red Bull Cliff Diving.

In the last two years, Duque has seen an influx of talent and potential from the next generation. With so much new energy coming in, these divers are extremely ambitious, hardworking, and eager to learn – perfect to prime.

For these future superstars, having the opportunity to develop and refine their training, taking their dives to the next level in world-class facilities with world-class coaching and support, only elevates the development of the sport. With two camps planned for later in the year including Red Bull High School as the next level camp, cliff diving prospects will have the opportunity to get a taste of what it takes to fly from new heights.

The mood in the camp is at least as good as the dives are high!

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Cliff diving is a performance-based sport. The performance happens in front of the camera, but it also happens behind the scenes. Over the years, a great deal of creativity has been invested

in the production of images such as the one above in Tahai, Easter Island. In this instance, Gary Hunt –using a trampoline – creates the illusion of diving right next to one of the famous Moai statues

REVIEW

2009

The inaugural Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series kicks-off in La Rochelle, France.

Orlando Duque (COL) is crowned 1st World Series champion

2010

Gary Hunt (GBR) becomes the ‘brilliant Brit’ with 4 wins and 2 podiums in 6 competitions. At 26, he is the youngest champion ever.

The final is held in Hawaii, the sport’s birthplace.

2011

The World Series takes place at one of its most remote venues in Rapa Nui, Chile, 3,700 km from the mainland.

2012

The title is decided during the hottest finale in Oman’s Wadi Shab at temperatures over 40°C. In the final dive, Gary Hunt wins by just 1.85 points over Orlando Duque.

World Aquatics (formerly known as the Fédération Internationale de Natation, FINA) recognises high diving as a professional sport and includes it in its official program.

2013

Four different locations in Thailand’s Krabi Province make for a pure cliff diving adventure. After 8 competition dives Artem Silchenko (RUS) wins the stop and the overall title.

2014

A new era starts when the Women’s World Series is introduced. Rachelle Simpson (USA) becomes the 1st female champion.

2015

The homecoming of a legend: Orlando Duque competes in Colombia for the first time. He finishes 3rd.

Steven LoBue (USA) hits the platform with his head, finishes his dive and comes out with only a small scratch on his forehead. Since then, he’s called the ‘miracle man’.

2016

The biggest World Series ever, with nine stops around the globe, culminates with the first night event in Dubai.

A wildcard, Australian cliff diving sensation Rhiannan Iffland, is crowned Women’s World Series champion.

2017

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Greg Louganis follows Niki Stajkovic (AUT) as sports director.

With a failed dive at the season finale in Chile, Gary Hunt opens a door for ‘style master’ Jonathan Paredes (MEX) to his first overall win.

2018

The World Series celebrates its 10th anniversary with seven competitions in classic venues.

On June 2, the hottest event to date is recorded in Texas: it’s 44.5°C when the divers hit the flat waters at Hell’s Gate.

Rapa Nui in March 2011 – the earliest season start ever.

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2019

For the first time an athlete wins every stop: Rhiannan Iffland makes the perfect season.

Gary Hunt scores the perfect dive in his 77th appearance, becoming the first person in World Series history to get all 10s from the judges.

Colombia’s Orlando Duque bows out from an illustrious career during the final in Bilbao.

2020

The World Series is cancelled due to the pandemic.

2021

A record season is marked with 54 tens awarded by the judges in five competitions.

Rhiannan Iffland continues her winning streak with two perfect seasons.

2022

Orlando Duque follows Greg Louganis as sports director.

Sydney sees a triple title fight with Gary Hunt extending his reign with his 10th title in the final dive of the season.

2023

Each competition dive must be performed from a different take-off direction, which requires greater versatility from the divers.

For the first time since 2017, the World Series crowns a new champion in the men’s. Romania’s Constantin Popovici becomes the 5th cliff diver to win the overall title.

239 days pass between stop 1 (June 3) and stop 6 (January 28) – the longest season to date spans over 34 weeks. It is the first time that the final competition takes place in the next year.

Constantin Popovici during the Japan-leg in 2023, two stops before being crowned champion.

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NEW IN 2024

2 NEW LOCATIONS CAUSEWAY COAST (NIR), MONTREAL (CAN)

4 NEW PERMANENT DIVERS MARIA PAULA QUINTERO (COL), SIMONE LEATHEAD (CAN), CARLOS GIMENO (ESP), JONATHAN PAREDES (MEX)

THE DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY (DD) TABLE HAS BEEN REVISED FOR 2024 TO REFLECT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SPORT

CANADIAN SIMONE LEATHEAD IS THE FIRST ATHLETE IN THE PERMANENT LINE-UP TO HAVE TAKEN PART IN RED BULL UNDER MY WIIINGS ORLANDO DUQUE BEFORE JOINING THE WORLD SERIES

EACH COMPETITION ROUND CAN BE WATCHED LIVE: ROUND 1 ON TIKTOK , ROUNDS 2 AND 3 ON TIKTOK , YOUTUBE AND INSTAGRAM ; THE FINAL ROUND WILL ADDITIONALLY BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RED BULL TV .

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In the women’s first season in 2014, Rachelle Simpson from the United States was the standout performer. She won all three events and was named the overall champion, and she successfully defended her title the following year.

The judges award points between 0 and 10, with half-point increments for take-off, execution in the air and water entry.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

COMPETITION FORMAT

Ahead of each competition a draw determines the diving order for the 1st round.

Competition format can change due to local dive condition difficulties.

MEN WOMEN

12 DIVERS 8 permanent + 4 wildcards

12 Divers 8 permanent + 4 wildca rds

maximum DD MEN 2.8 WOMEN 2.6 ROUND 1 ROUND 2 * ROUND 3 *

maximum DD MEN 3.6 WOMEN 3.4

FINAL ROUND *

* In reverse starting order based on cumulative points from previous rounds. DAY 1 DAY 3 DAY 2

Optional Dive Rounds: No capped Degree of Difficulty (DD). Every element of the dive counts as per DD table in the rule book.

The winner of any individual stop is the diver with the highest point total from this competition after four dives

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JUDGING &

A PANEL OF FIVE INTERNATIONAL JUDGES EVALUATE EACH DIVE ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

ˇ TAKE OFF

ˇ POSITION IN THE AIR

ˇ ENTRY IN THE WATER

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY

The degree of difficulty of each dive – also known as DD – is calculated based on the difficulty of the execution of each manoeuvre and the junction of each dive component.

ˇ Type of take off

ˇ Number of somersaults

ˇ Number of twists

ˇ Position during the somersaults

ˇ Type of entry

The DD table was adjusted for the 2024 World Series and ranges from 2.6 (women) and 2.8 (men) for the Required Dives to up to 6.0 for the hardest dives currently performed in the sport.

According to the official Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series rulebook, the judges must evaluate what is seen and not what wants to be seen. In addition, each dive must be judged without any bias towards the diver or dive to ensure an objective result.

POINTS

Points are awarded from 1st to last place, including wildcards.

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SCORES

from 0 to 10 in half point increments.

5 scores by 5 judges.

HIGHEST & LOWEST

score are discarded. The remaining three scores are added together.

THE SUM SCORES

is multiplied by the Degree of Difficulty for each dive.

Judges score the dives without assistance.

from all four rounds are cumulated to produce the final result of the competition.

POINTS PER COMPETITION

The points from the single competitions are counted towards the overall score and the ranking of the World Series. All results from the individual competitions count towards the overall World Series ranking.

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SCORING

JUDGES

FIVE JUDGES

For each competition, 1 head judge & 4 judges are selected and confirmed by the Competition Committee from a pool of 12 judges.

Judges for each event will be chosen based on performance, availability of the judge and travel considerations.

Antonio Martinez (MEX)

Former diver and high diver, head judge

Anke Piper (GER)

Three-time European champion 10m, head judge

Sam Dorman (USA)

Silver medallist Olympic Games Rio 2016

Simon Latimer (NZL)

Former New Zealand Diving Team Member, three-time Olympic judge

Egill Ormarsson (DEN)

Competed and performed in high diving between 1995 and 2009

Valerio Polazzo (ITA)

New judge since 2023

Olivier Morneau-Ricard (CAN)

Former Canadian diving team member, head judge

Jeff Arbon (AUS)

Participant Olympic Games Seoul 1988

Ginger Huber (USA) 25-time competitor in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series between 2014 and 2019

Julian Llinas (ESP) Judge at three Olympic Games

Cyrille Oumedjkane (FRA) World Series diver between 2009 and 2016

Marion Reiff (AUT)

Participant Olympic Games

Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004

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Take Off

ˇ The diver does not show a steady balance and control in an armstand dive. The body should come to rest in a vertical and straight alignment for no less than two full seconds before initiating the dive action.

Execution

ˇ An intermediate break of position, a break in position at or just before the entry occurs and if a dive is done in a completely different position than announced.

ˇ The straight position upon take-off is not shown for at least one quarter of a somersault in all flying dives.

ˇ An obvious break of straight position occurs after at least one complete somersault has been performed in either tuck or pike position.

Entry

ˇ The arms at the entry are away from the body and either below or above the shoulders.

ˇ A dive is over- or under-twisted by more than 90° the head judge declares a failed dive.

THE JUDGES DEDUCT POINTS FROM THEIR SCORES WHEN…

Powerless take-offs, incorrect distance to the platform.

Unaesthetic execution, open or crossed legs, unpointed toes, legs that are not straight in pike, layout position or entry phase.

Short and non-vertical entries, under- or over-rotated entries.

WHAT THE JUDGES CONSIDER A MISTAKE :

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3 POSITIONS ALL THREE POSITIONS (STRAIGHT, PIKE, TUCK) MUST BE SHOWN.

DIVE POSITIONS

STRAIGHT

With no bend at the knees or hips.

Tuck Body folded up into a tight ball, hands holding the shins and toes pointed.

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FREE Body position is optional but the legs shall be together and the toes pointed.

PIKE

With knees straight but a tight bend at the hips.

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BARANI

One somersault forward rotation with a ½ twist. The entry manoeuvre gives the diver the best view of the water.

BLIND ENTRY

The last time the diver sees the water is at least half a somersault before entry and so they line up “blind”.

DIVE COMPONENTS

Sommersault

The diver rotates head over end, forwards, backwards, reverse or inwards. The record number of somersaults is currently 5.

FLYING

Dives consisting of at least one complete somersault performed in the straight position at no less than 90°. The straight position must be followed by either tuck or pike.

TWIST

The body twists on axis whilst rotating. The record number of twists is currently 5.

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DIVE DIRECTIONS

Each one of the five directions can also incorporate an axial twisting movement.

FORWARD

The diver takes off facing the water and rotates forwards.

BACK

The diver takes off with their back to the water and rotates backwards..

ARMSTAND

The armstand can be executed forward, back, reverse and inward.

REVERSE

The diver takes off facing the water and rotates backwards towards the platform.

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INWARD

The diver takes off with their back to the water and rotates forward towards the platform.

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Sneak the scenes of Red Bull Cliff Diving with the show ‘More than a Dive’ on Red Bull TV. Just before the season started in 2023, three World Series champions embarked on a 1500-kilometre cliff hunt from Guatemala’s Caribbean coast to the Atlantic Ocean. Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland, Jonathan Paredes from Mexico and the Colombian legend Orlando Duque joined forces to realise the first cliff dives in three pure and rugged locations across the country. On the image above, record champion Iffland dives from a cliff face on the Rio Dulce

KING KAHEKILI TROPHY

It is the silk ribbon of cliff diving and reserved for the very best - the King Kahekili Trophy for the overall winner is awarded in honour of the great Hawaiian chief. As the last independent ruler of Maui, Kahekili first leaped from the holy lava cliffs of Kaunolu, the birthplace of this majestic sport in the late 1700s.

The old Hawaiian principles of mana and pono, power and balance, were crucial when lele kawa, which loosely translates as ‘leaping feetfirst from a high cliff into the water without making a splash’, was born on the islands in the middle of the Pacific. These principles have applied since the 18th century and are a prerequisite for today’s sport of cliff diving.

The King Kahekili Trophy was created by the Hawaiian artist Kuaho Zane. The overall form references the shape and stance of ki’i or wooden images, traditionally carved as three-dimensional representations of gods and protective ancestors called aumakua. The trophy with its asymmetrical, cliff-like top is completely printed on the right side - resembling the tattoo that completely covered the right side of Kahekili’s body. The base is made of Koa wood and symbolizes the feet of both the ki’i and the diver who must hit the water feet first.

The World Series throws down the challenge to find out which athletes have enough mana and pono to perform the best lele kawa and win the overall title in 2024.

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THE RED BULL CLIFF DIVING WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS’ AWARD OF VIRTUE & EXCELLENCE

NAMES ON THE KING KAHEKILI TROPHY TO DATE

Who will lift the trophies at the end of the 2024 anniversary season?

MEN

Orlando Duque, COL 2009

Gary Hunt, GBR 2010

Gary Hunt, GBR 2011

Gary Hunt, GBR 2012

Artem Silchenko, RUS 2013

Gary Hunt, GBR 2014

Gary Hunt, GBR 2015

Gary Hunt, GBR 2016

Jonathan Paredes, MEX 2017

Gary Hunt, GBR 2018

Gary Hunt, GBR 2019

Gary Hunt, FRA 2021

Gary Hunt, FRA 2022

Constantin Popovici, ROU 2023

WOMEN

Rachelle Simpson, USA 2014

Rachelle Simpson, USA 2015

Rhiannan Iffland, AUS 2016

Rhiannan Iffland, AUS 2017

Rhiannan Iffland, AUS 2018

Rhiannan Iffland, AUS 2019

Rhiannan Iffland, AUS 2021

Rhiannan Iffland, AUS 2022

Rhiannan Iffland, AUS 2023

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2x Rachelle Simpson 7x Rhiannan Iffland 1x Jonathan Paredes 2024 ? 1x Artem Silchenko 1x Orlando Duque 1x Constantin Popovici 10x Gary Hunt

PERMANENT DIVERS WOMEN 2024

MOLLY CARLSON CAN

MEILI CARPENTER USA

RHIANNAN IFFLAND AUS

SIMONE LEATHEAD CAN

XANTHEIA PENNISI AUS

MARIA PAULA QUINTERO COL

ELEANOR SMART USA

For the eight athletes from five countries and up to four female wildcard divers, it’s all about getting the highest marks for form and composure, while increasing the acrobatic complexity from 21 metres

PERMANENT DIVERS WOMEN

MOLLY CARLSON

Having based her decision to compete as a cliff diver on the results of a social media poll, where “99% of the responses were ‘yes’, other than my mother”, the Canadian made her memorable debut on the French Riviera in 2021. Three exceptional dives helped secure a second-place finish, with only the champion Rhiannan Iffland ahead of her.

In her second season as a permanent diver, the Montreal-based athlete, added a win to her name in the 2022 Mostar event after four consecutive runner-up placings throughout the season. In 2023, it was a much of a repeat season. Continuing to put pressure on Australian Rhiannan Iffland, the 25-year-old snagged another victory in Mostar followed by four consecutive second place finishes and a runner-up overall ranking.

Coming into the 2024 season, Carlson is set to continue to raise the bar and inch just that bit closer to the top more than once.

Representing

Canada

Date of birth

September 23, 1998

Height/Weight

1.75m/65kg

City of residence

Montreal

Profession

Full Time Master of Arts in Counselling

Psychology Student / Team Canada

High Diver / Tiktkok Specialist

Secret passion … is to continue to grow strong mental health in young athletes especially as it relates to body positivity.

Started cliff diving in 2020

Favourite cliff diving spot

Saint-Raphael, France

Favourite dive

Front double half tuck

1st World Series appearance 2021

Best result in a World Series competition 1st place

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Career Highlights 2014 Youth Olympian 2021 2nd FINA High Diving qualifier 2022 2nd overall –Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2023 1st Red Bull Cliff
Mostar 2024 2nd World
A DIVE
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Aquatics Championships Doha WHO LOOKS BETTER DOING
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MEILI CARPENTER

A latecomer to the World Series, Meili Carpenter was 33 years old when she made her debut in Downpatrick Head in Ireland in 2021.

It was during the 2022 curtain raiser in Boston, when Carpenter raised her best World Series result from a 7th to a 3rd place. “The icing on the cake” for the Colorado-born athlete to a perfect weekend. This podium finish qualified her for a so-called permanent wildcard ticket for the rest of the season and the summa cum laude graduate proved herself more than worthy of this chance. Another top three finish and a solid season overall secured her a permanent spot on the 2023 tour – her first fully fledge season.

Although the 36-year-old couldn’t make it onto the podium again in 2023, four top-5 finishes ensured she ended the season one place higher in the overall standings.

With her first fully fledged season in the books, the progressive athlete will now have her sights set even higher when she returns to the 21m platform in 2024.

Finalist US Olympic Trials, 3m

Bull Cliff Diving World Series debut in Downpatrick Head

as permanent World Series diver for 2023

overall Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

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Representing USA
1987
Performer Secret passion Rock climbing, hiking
cliff diving 2014 Favourite dive 5264B
Series appearance 2021
of birth December 8,
Height/Weight 1.60m/60kg Profession
Started
1st World
competition
10 6 5 Rankings Year Career Highlights 2012
2021
2022
2022 3rd
2023
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AT? ANYTHING THAT INVOLVES MOVING A BALL AROUND (BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, ETC.) Wildcard
Best result in a World Series
3rd place
Red
Qualification
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Boston + Oslo
5th
SUCK
2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22
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RHIANNAN IFFLAND

Cliff diving’s most winning woman is hard to beat, but her streaks haven’t gone without challenge. Canada’s Molly Carlson ended the Australian’s 13-win streak at the season opener in Boston in 2021 – a wakeup call for ‘Cliffland’.

The 32-year-old diver continues to prove her resilience, having claimed the trophy for the overall title in front of her family in Sydney in 2022, and again in New Zealand for the 2023 season.

Rhiannan Iffland exploded onto the scene in 2016 with a sensational wildcard victory at her very first World Series competition in Texas. Since then, the ‘dominator from down under’ has racked up an unparalleled list of achievements in just a few short years. With six World Series titles, 30 wins in 37 stops, two FINA High Diving gold medals and two full seasons unbeaten, Iffland is the most decorated female athlete in the history of cliff diving.

Representing

Australia

Date of birth

September 9, 1991

Height/Weight

1.67m/60kg

City of residence

Newcastle

Profession

Athlete

Secret passion

Scuba diving and traveling

Started cliff diving in 2015

Favourite cliff diving spot

Italy; Ik kil cenote, Mexico

Favourite dive

Back triple two twists

1st World Series appearance 2016

Best result in a World Series competition 1st place

Career Highlights 1st female

cliff diver to score a perfect dive

7-time

Winner Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

2019 & 2017

Winner FINA High Diving World Championships

2024

Winner World Aquatics Championships Doha

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Wildcard Rankings Year 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22

Representing Canada

Date of birth

April 22, 2003

Height/Weight

1.57m/54kg

City of residence

Montreal

Profession

Professional athlete

Secret passion

Cooking/baking

Started cliff diving in 2022

Favourite cliff diving spot

I don’t know yet

Favourite dive 5461B

1st World Series appearance 2023

Best result in a World Series competition 6th place

SIMONE LEATHEAD

FILL IN THE FOLLOWING PHRASE: A CLIFF DIVER AUTOMATICALLY IS ALSO A… CRAZY PERSON.

The latest promising athlete to emerge from Canada’s conveyor belt of cliff diving talent, Simone Leathead posted top-10 finishes at all four stops she competed in during her debut season in 2023, earning herself the title of youngest permanent athlete on the 2024 World Series and becoming the first talent to earn a spot on the tour after participating in the next generation talent camp “Red Bull Under My Wiiings” with Orlando Duque.

Leathead, who was inspired to become an athlete by her two older brothers, had previously jumped at the chance to compete at the Junior World Championships when her coach, Stephan Lapointe, told her the competition was coming to Montreal in 2022. She went on to secure gold from the 15m platform.

With hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Canadians Lysanne Richard, Jessica Macaulay and her cliff diving hero, Molly Carlson, Simone is well on her way.

Career Highlights 2022

Winner Junior World Championship Montreal, 15m

2023

Secures permanent place on World Series in debut season

2023

8th World Aquatics

High Diving World Cup Fort Lauderdale

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Rankings Year Wildcard 10 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22

YOUR BIGGEST WEAKNESS?

MARIA PAULA QUINTERO

She was 16 when she first attempted the 20m platform and hardly 17 during her first showing in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, 18 when she claimed her first podium. It needs to be stated here that her stepfather, high diving coach and World Series wildcard diver Miguel Garcia is a huge influence for this early imprinting.

Having made the leap from wildcard to permanent World Series athlete, thanks to a stunning second-place finish in Polignano a Mare in 2019, the Colombian then enjoyed a solid season when cliff diving returned in 2021. Dropping back as a wildcard for 2023, four progressive top eight finishes in four stops were enough to elevate her back into the permanent line-up for the upcoming season.

She returns just as her stepfather Garcia drops out of the men’s full-time roster, continuing the statistic that there has always been one permanent Colombian athlete on the tour since 2009. Expect to see Quintero giving everything she’s got when she returns to the 21m platform in 2024.

Career Highlights

2017

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series debut in Texas as the youngest athlete

2019

2nd Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series as the youngest female diver to date

Representing

Colombia

Date of birth

June 23, 2000

Height/Weight

1.65m/57kg

City of residence

Cali

Profession

Student

Secret passion

I’m a big soccer fan

Started cliff diving in 2016

Favourite cliff diving spot

Cali

(The one and only)

Favourite dive 5242D

1st World Series appearance

2017

Best result in a World Series competition 2nd place

2021

Becomes the youngest permanent World Series athlete ever

2023

Regains permanent status

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CHOCOLATE.
Wildcard Rankings Year 13 12 7 7 10 9 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22

Date of birth

November 26, 1998

Height/Weight

1.64m/62kg

City of residence

Brisbane

Profession

Show diver, diving coach

Secret passion

Fashion and makeup

Started cliff diving in 2017

Favourite cliff

diving spot

El Nido, Philippines

Favourite dive

Inward triple half pike

1st World Series appearance

2018

Best result in a World Series competition

2nd place

XANTHEIA PENNISI

At 25, her sporting career has already taken a few turns from gymnast to traditional diving, but it was cliff diving that sparked something in Xantheia Pennisi. A show in Australia was the beginning of it all; from 10m to 15m and 17m in 2017 and the first 20m dive in June 2018.

Pennisi’s strong performances in 2021 paved the way to her first permanent World Series ticket, which she more than confirmed by achieving two more podiums in 2022, repeating her 4th overall. She didn’t reach her overall goal of third place by a mere 22 points, but that did not dampen her joy about the previous season’s showdown in Sydney and being able to show her jaw-dropping sport to her whole family and friends.

In the 2023 season, she consistently met the podium in four out of six stops, even with missed one stop. Finally, her dream to finish within the top three overall came to fruition.

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Representing Australia
COULD YOU DO
DURING A DIVE? I CAN’T DO
IN GENERAL LET ALONE DURING A DIVE!
MENTAL MATHS
MATHS
Rankings Year Wildcard 10 10 4 4 3 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22 Career Highlights 2018 Debut in Bosnia & Herzegovina 2021 3rd Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Ireland & Italy 2022 2nd Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Copenhagen 2023 3rd overall Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2023 2nd Red Bull Cliff Diving World
in Auckland
Series

BASKETBALL.

I GET SO COMPETITIVE, BUT I’M SO BAD!
IS THERE A SPORT YOU REALLY SUCK AT?

ELEANOR SMART

An ambitious personality with high goals, Eleanor Smart set a first step towards making a point as well as a difference when she founded ‘The Clean Cliffs Project’. From beach clean ups at the places the World Series travels to for competition, to educational get-togethers with the local communities, the former Olympic diver is always first when it’s time to act for the planet.

In 2022, she saw her most successful season – a new dive, two podium finishes, four PBs and third place overall. Backing up her success, she took third in Mostar in 2023 and finished the season fourth overall.

As the 28-year-old sets her focus in the right direction for this upcoming season, she aims to balance the act, aiming to close the gap between herself and the two top women in the sport, Rhiannan Iffland and Molly Carlson.

Representing USA

Date of birth

October 21, 1995

Height/Weight

1.65m/57kg

City of residence

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Profession

Professional High Diver, Founder of “The Clean Cliffs Project,” Sport Psychology MA Student

Secret passion

Clean Cliffs Project

Started cliff diving in 2016

Favourite cliff diving spot

Agios Nikolas, Greece.

Favourite dive

Back double triple

1st World Series appearance 2017

Best result in a World Series competition 2nd place

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Rankings Year Wildcard 9 13 5 6 3 4 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22 Career Highlights 2017 Debut in Ireland 2018 3rd FINA High Diving World Cup 2019 2nd Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Bosnia & Herz. 2022 3rd overall Red Bull Cliff
World
2023
Diving
Series
3rd Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Mostar When pure rock meets cliff diving and the two melt into perfect harmony, São Miguel in the Azores is usually the place.

WILD CARDS

USA April 19, 1993

Germany December 12, 1983

IN THIS ANNIVERSARY SEASONTHE 10TH FOR THE WOMENFOUR OF THESE ATHLETES WILL GIVE EACH COMPETITION THAT EXTRA BOOST.

Canada August 24, 1994

Switzerland March 3, 2000

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ANNA BADER
KAYLEA ARNETT AIMEE
MORGANE HERCULANO
HARRISON

France

December 4, 1997

Australia

November 13, 2002

Italy

July 24, 2002

Brazil

November 10, 1987

IAT

June 14, 1992

Netherlands March 5, 1985

ELISA COSETTI EMILY CHINNOCK 45
MADELEINE BAYON
PATY VALENTE YANA NESTSIARAVA
VAN KATWIJK
GINNI Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic dives from the 27.5 metre platform during the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at the Serpent`s Lair, Inis Mór, Ireland in June 2017

PERMANENT DIVERS

MEN 2024

NIKITA FEDOTOV IAT

CARLOS GIMENO ESP

AIDAN HESLOP GBR

JAMES LICHTENSTEIN USA

JONATHAN PAREDES MEX

CONSTANTIN POPOVICI ROU

CATALIN PREDA ROU

OLEKSIY PRYOGOROV UKR

Eight permanent divers from six nationalities and four wildcards per stop will battle for the coveted King Kahekili Trophy during the eight competitions in 2024

PERMANENT DIVERS MEN

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS: BEAUTIFUL, HANDSOME, STRONG.

NIKITA FEDOTOV

Nikita Fedotov proudly holds the record of being the first ever male wildcard to make it onto the podium on his debut, a feat he achieved back in 2017.

It wasn’t until four years later that the 29-year-old diver landed back on the podium, scoring a repeat of his third-place finish in the same location, a result which helped him secure his first ever permanent invite for the 2022 World Series.

As all good things come in three, the China-based diver made it onto his third career podium in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2022. However, Mostar was once again a highlight when the score board displayed a personal best of 412.40pts. In a season that was dominated by three men – Hunt, Helsop and Preda – 4th place overall was a remarkable achievement in his first fully fledged season as a permanent diver.

In 2023, another third place in Paris provided the highlight of a steady season, a result that assisted him in retaining his permanent status for another year.

Career Highlights

3rd Red Bull

Cliff Diving World Series in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Wildcard

3rd Red Bull

Cliff Diving World Series in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Qualification as a permanent World Series diver

Date of birth

May 27, 1995

Height/Weight

1.75m/75kg

City of residence

Shenzhen, China

Profession

Athlete

Secret passion

Playing games

Started cliff diving 2016

Favourite cliff

diving spot

Portugal, Azores

Favourite dive

5165 B

1st World Series appearance 2017

Best result in a World Series competition

3rd place

3rd Red Bull

Cliff Diving World Series in Copenhagen

3rd Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Paris

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Representing Independent Athlete
Rankings Year 12 14 15 9 4 7 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22
2017
2021
2021
2022
2023

Representing

Spain

Date of birth

October 24, 1989

Height/Weight

1.70m/67kg

City of residence

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Profession

Graduate in social work university

Performer in acrobatic shows

Secret passion Scuba diving

Started cliff diving 2014

Favourite cliff diving spot

The Canary Island

Favourite dive Handstand dives

1st World Series appearance 2018

Best result in a World Series competition

1st place

CARLOS GIMENO

Carlos Gimeno’s aim ahead of the 2023 World Series was “to do my best and to show that I’m one of the best cliff divers in the world.” With one stunning victory and two podium places, it’s fair to say he fulfilled his target.

Having made his debut on home soil in Bilbao back in 2018, the 34-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2021, executing two World Series firsts in Downpatrick Head. Gimeno was the first athlete to spring from the bare rocks using his hands and the first-ever to perfect a handstand dive, becoming only the third man ever to receive five 10s from the judges. Despite these firsts, he fell short of making it into the permanent line-up for 2022.

In 2023, a second place in Boston gave Gimeno his first-ever podium, before a sensational victory in Mostar saw him become only the third man to win as a wildcard. Finishing his season with third place in Auckland, he secured third overall. The first Spaniard to hold permanent status in the World Series, Gimeno is ready to raise his Degree of Difficulty in 2024.

Career Highlights 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series debut in Bilbao

Wildcard

2021

First-ever diver to perform a handstand takeoff from the bare rocks

4th Red Bull

Cliff Diving World Series in Downpatrick Head

4th Red Bull

Cliff Diving World Series in Paris 2023

1st Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Mostar

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FILL IN THE FOLLOWING PHRASE: A CLIFF DIVER AUTOMATICALLY IS ALSO AN… ADVENTURER.
Rankings Year 18 7 10 3 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22
2021
2022

AIDAN HESLOP

With back-to-back runner up finishes in the last two seasons, Aidan Heslop is already proving himself to be one of the sport’s major players at the tender age of 21.

Heslop was just 16 years old when he became the youngest diver ever to compete in the World Series, making his much-anticipated debut at the 2018 season finale in Polignano a Mare. A year later in his second appearance, the Brit delivered a taste of what’s to come when he landed on the podium at the final stop in Bilbao. His first showing in 2022 was a cracker – victory in Boston! The Welshman became the youngest diver to ever win a competition at the age of 20, ousting the reigning champion Gary Hunt with the hardest dive in the world of cliff diving.

Now residing in Canada with his girlfriend and fellow cliff diver Molly Carlson, and armed with the hardest dive list, the youngest permanent male on the World Series and newly crowned World Aquatics Champion from Doha will once again set his sights on the biggest prize in 2024.

Representing

Great Britain

Date of birth

April 18, 2002

Height/Weight

1.83m/80kg

City of residence

Plymouth Profession

Cliff Diver Secret passion F1

Started cliff diving 2010

Favourite cliff diving spot

Polignano a Mare

Favourite dive 5187B

1st World Series appearance 2018

Best result in a World Series competition 1st place

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(REGARDLESS OF
THE MOON. LESS GRAVITY = MORE FLIPS.
YOUR PERSONAL DREAM LOCATION
BUDGET):
Career Highlights 2017 3rd European Junior Diving Championships 2021 1st FINA High Diving qualifier in Abu Dhabi 2022 2nd overall Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2023 2nd overall Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2024 Winner World Aquatics Championships Doha Rankings Year 23 13 8 2 2 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22 Wildcard

Representing

Mexico

Date of birth

August 14, 1989

Height/Weight

1.65m/62kg

City of residence

Mexico City

Profession

Cliff diver

Secret passion

American football

Started cliff diving 2006

Favourite cliff

diving spot

Azores (Portugal) and Chichen Itza (Mexico)

Favourite dive

Double front and one and a half twist

1st World Series appearance 2011

Best result in a World

JONATHAN PAREDES

IF YOU WEREN’T A CLIFF DIVER, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE BECOME INSTEAD? MY DREAM ALWAYS WAS TO BE AN AMERICAN FOOTBALL PLAYER.

Now the longest-serving athlete in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Jonathan Paredes returns to permanent status following one season competing as a wildcard in 2023. When it comes to style, precision and rip entries, no other cliff diver can match the 34-year-old former champion, who has been effortlessly and immaculately displacing water in the World Series for over a decade.

In 2011, he made his World Series debut on home soil in Yucatán, and even in those early days he was tipped to be a future champion. ‘The stylemaster’ earned his first win in Mostar in 2015, before another victory and some strong performances elevated him into the overall runner-up spot in 2016. One title, three wins, 21 podiums and five overall top three finishes are the bare statistics from his World Series career.

Despite missing out on a podium finish last year, Paredes regained a permanent ticket for 2024, even performing his first-ever handstand in 68 events along the way. His focus is laser sharp for 2024. If you weren’t a cliff diver, what would you have become instead? My dream always was to be an American Football player.

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Series competition 1st place
Career Highlights 2011 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series debut 2015 3rd overall Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Champion 2019 3rd World Aquatics High Diving World Championship 2019 2nd place overall – Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Rankings Year 11 13 4 6 3 2 1 3 2 8 9 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22 Wildcard

YOUR BIGGEST WEAKNESS?

JAMES LICHTENSTEIN

A former trampolinist, James Lichtenstein now has the honour of being the only permanent male from the USA in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

Having made his debut in Mostar in 2022, the 29-year-old landed on the podium at just his second ever competition in Sisikon, thanks in no small part to his powerful weapon – the back quint. Five somersaults in less than three seconds, with a backward take-off, is something less than a handful of people on this planet are capable of.

Two more top-10 finishes in his first season earned him a permanent ticket to the 2023 World Series, where a third place in Takachiho was his season highlight.

Away from sport, Lichtenstein has found time to major in finance and math at the University of Notre Dame. In 2024, he’ll be hoping to finally major from the 27m platform by claiming a first-ever victory, something which a diver of his quality is certainly capable of.

Date of birth

October 26, 1994

Height/Weight

1.75m/75kg

City of residence Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Math tutor, trampoline coach, diving coach

Secret passion

Looking up flights and planning trips

Started cliff diving 2015

Favourite cliff diving spot

Polignano a Mare

Favourite dive 204C

1st World Series appearance 2022

Best result in a World Series competition 3rd place

3rd Red Bull

Cliff Diving World Series in Takachiho

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Representing USA
KEEPING MY EYES OPEN IN PHOTOS.
Career Highlights 2012 National Champion double mini trampoline 2012 Competed in 2012 Olympic Trials for trampolining 2022 Debut in Mostar 2022 3rd Red Bull
Switzerland 2023
Cliff Diving World Series in
Rankings Year 11 8 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22 Wildcard

Date of birth

October 2, 1988

Height/Weight

1.72m/69kg

City of residence

Bucharest

Profession

Artist/athlete

Secret passion

Cooking

Started cliff diving 2018

Favourite cliff

diving spot

Sisikon, Switzerland

Favourite dive

Reverse double with double twist

1st World Series appearance 2018

Best result in a World Series competition

1st place

CONSTANTIN POPOVICI

IF YOU WEREN’T A CLIFF DIVER, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE BECOME INSTEAD? PROBABLY SOME EXTREME WINTER SPORTS ATHLETE.

A relative latecomer to the sport, Constantin Popovici has now firmly positioned himself at the top of the men’s game after winning the 2023 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

Following his debut in Copenhagen at the age of 29 in 2018, the gifted Romanian then catapulted himself into contention for the King Kahekili trophy after a stunning start to the 2019 season saw him claim second place and a victory in his first two starts, before injury cut short his title challenge.

After a roller-coaster season in 2022, when the 35-year-old suffered a pulmonary contusion in training and was ruled out for the rest of the season, his preparation for consistency was the key ingredient for success that needed to be balanced. The beginning of his 2023 season took flight victoriously. With two back-to-back wins early in Boston and Paris, and a final win in Auckland, Popovici claimed his first King Kahekili trophy.

The defending champion seeks to secure a second title in the 2024 season.

Career Highlights 2021

2nd overall Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

1st Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Denmark and BIH

European High Diving Champion

Winner World Aquatics Championships Fukuoka 2023 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Champion

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Representing Romania
2022
2022
2023
Rankings Year 11 4 2 5 1 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22 Wildcard
FILL IN THE FOLLOWING PHRASE: A CLIFF DIVER AUTOMATICALLY IS ALSO A… MAGICIAN.

CATALIN PREDA

A two-time Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series event winner, Catalin Preda has been one of the men’s top contenders since his arrival in the sport back in 2018.

In 2022, his first season as a permanent diver on tour, numerous podiums and breaking records, the charismatic character was a challenger in the finale. Together with the legendary Gary Hunt and newcomer Aidan Heslop, the Romanian fought for the title until the last dive in Sydney. Only a few points decided the championship in favour of Hunt over Heslop and the second third place for Preda.

Despite three more podium appearances in 2023, the 32-year-old finished up in fourth place overall.

Ever since little Catalin tried handstands from the 3m springboard as a seven-year-old, the passionate skier and scuba diver has gravitated towards a life on the adventurous side. Needless to say, “missing out” on the title in 2022 still means unsettled business for the ‘predator’ and he’ll return to the platform with a new dive list in 2024.

Representing

Romania

Date of birth

June 29, 1991

Height/Weight

1.72m/67kg

City of residence

Bucharest

Profession

Cliff Diver

Secret passion

Percussion

Started cliff diving 2013

Favourite cliff diving spot

Mostar & Paris

Favourite dive Flying Inward 1st World Series appearance 2018

Best result in a World Series competition 1st place

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END
HIS TRICKS ALWAYS
WITH A DISAPPEARING ACT.
Rankings Year 12 8 3 3 4 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22 Wildcard Career
Olympic
Winner
international medallist 2021 1st
Cliff
2022 3rd overall Red Bull Cliff
World Series 2023 2nd World Aquatics Championships Fukuoka 2023 3rd World Aquatics Championships Doha
Highlights
Diving
Balkan Games, multiple
Red Bull
Diving World Series in SaintRaphaël
Diving

Date of birth

June 25, 1987

Height/Weight

1.81m/75kg

City of residence

Kharkiv

Profession

Professional diver

Secret passion

Professional hip-hop

dancing

Started cliff diving 2016

Favourite cliff

diving spot

El Nido, Philippines

Favourite dive 5185B

1st World Series appearance 2017

Best result in a World Series competition 2nd place

OLEKSIY PRYOGOROV

Oleksiy Prygorov, the only World Series athlete with an Olympic medal around his neck, enjoyed his best season to date in 2023.

WHAT YOU WANT TO BE FOR A DAY? WHY? I WOULD LIKE TO BE AN EAGLE TO FLY HIGH IN THE SKY.

It’s certainly been an up and down few years for Prygorov since he made his debut in 2017. A third-place finish at the World Aquatics High Diving World Cup in 2018 earned him an automatic promotion to the permanent line-up for the 2019 season, a privilege he has since lost and regained a further two times.

In 2023 the long-awaited podium finally became realised at his 23rd attempt in Paris where he finished second. Strapped with two additional top five finishes, the 36-yearold ended the season with a personal best overall fifth.

Eager to land on the podium again and even higher, the Trieste-based athlete, who also boasts medals from the World Cup and European Championships, is set showcase his talents at every stop in 2024. Representing

Cliff Diving World S. in Polignano a Mare

Cliff Diving World Series in Paris

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Ukraine
Rankings Year 19 17 7 11 7 5 2010 ‘12 ‘14 ‘16 ‘18 ‘20 ‘22
2008
2018
2021 Requalification as
diver 2022 4th Red
Wildcard Career Highlights
3rd Olympic Games Beijing, 3m springboard synchro
3rd FINA High Diving World Cup
permanent World Series
Bull
2023
2nd Red Bull

WILD CARDS

PROVE YOUR TALENT, IMPROVE YOUR DIVING AND SPICE UP THE COMPETITIONS –AT EACH STOP IN 2024 FOUR OF THESE ATHLETES WILL GET THEIR CHANCE.

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Mexico February 26, 1991 SERGIO GUZMAN France June 11, 1984 GARY HUNT Italy June 4, 2004 Italy May 24, 2001 ANDREA BARNABA DAVIDE BARALDI

USA

April 30, 1989

Mexico

January 3, 2003

USA

March 4, 1989

Colombia

March 20, 1991

New Zealand December 1, 2000

Switzerland July 21, 2002

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BRADEN RUMPIT
SCHAFER
PIERRICK
MATTHEW COOPER
GARCIA
MIGUEL
YOLOTL MARTINEZ DAVID COLTURI Wadi Shab in Oman was not only the place where the divers landed in the warmest water in 15 years of the World Series, but also one of the most impressive and unusual locations ever.

THE TRANSFORMERS

FOR MANY YEARS, THEY TRAVELED AND COMPETED TOGETHER , ENVISIONED A FUTURE TOGETHER AS CLIFF DIVERS, AND TODAY ARE THE LEADING FIGURES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPORT.

HASSAN MOUTI AND ORLANDO DUQUE ARE THE COLLECTIVE CLIFF DIVING EXPERTISE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL SPORTING SUBJECTS WITHIN THE RED BULL CLIFF DIVING WORLD SERIES AND BEYOND.

It’s by far more than their 88 accumulated starts in the World Series that make the French-Colombian duo a strong asset for a state-of-the-art sports agenda, steering the sport into a sustainable future.

Complementing each other in the areas of competition, safety, sport and development,

Competition Director Mouti and Sports Director Duque have spent most of the pre-season future-proofing the Degree of Difficulty table and are now looking forward to another great season next to the cliffs and platforms to see their new implementations in action.

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RED BULL CLIFF DIVING WORLD SERIES

SPECIAL

THE PORT OF LA ROCHELLE ON MAY 8, 2009 – ALTHOUGH EVERY LITTLE SPACE WAS PACKED WITH 30,000 PEOPLE YOU COULD HEAR A PIN DROP EVERY TIME A DIVER LIFTED OFF THE PLATFORM. THREE SECONDS LATER, THEIR THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE AND CHEERS MADE THE AREA VIBRATE . SINCE THEN, THE FASCINATION OF CLIFF DIVING HAS SPREAD FROM THE BAY OF BISCAY ACROSS FIVE CONTINENTS AND 30 COUNTRIES IN 15 SEASONS.

100+ STOPS 100+ ATHLETES 15 SEASONS FOR THE MEN 10 SEASONS FOR THE WOMEN

2024 is a milestone year in the history of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, with this season’s second stop in Boston marking the 100th  event in its history.

The vision of a passionate few became a global spectacle that captivates spectators all over the world.

In May 2009, nobody knew whether anyone would turn up to the first event in La Rochelle… more than 30,000 spectators came to see 12 daring men launch from what is probably still the most terrifying 27-metre platform in the World Series.

More than a hundred stops in 30 countries later, the list of athletes that have competed in the World Series has grown to over a hundred men and women from 25 nations.

Time and time again they achieve the unimaginable, break records and redefine the limits of human capability. They leave spectators speechless and fascinate fans and followers with their pure and aesthetic performances from almost three times the Olympic diving height.

We could fill countless books with stories of all the individual successes, and the growth and development of the World Series and the sport itself. Therefore, on the pages that follow we will simply honour the outstanding tour venues to date, and the exceptional athletes who have ignited their passion to pioneer a sport for future generations.

For more juicy behind the scenes sneak peeks, exclusive perspectives and epic throwbacks, check out our channels!

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2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 2022 2023 2024

Most wins *

Most consecutive wins

Most King Kahekili Trophies

Individual stop winners *

Overall champions

Divers awarded a 10 10s from the judges * 10s for the top 3 divers *

Age Youngest Oldest On June 7, 2014 the women competed in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series for the very first time. Since the

MEN ALL THE STATS YOU NEED
WOMEN
seven
Texas,
stops
35 13 7 6 2 3 30 24 5 1 17 44 46 6 10 17 5 16 222 70 39 24 16 46 Iffland Iffland Iffland overall Iffland Carlson Huber Quintero Huber Hunt Hunt Hunt overall Hunt Silchenko Paredes Heslop Ignatenko 100 STOPS AND BEYOND
debutants launched from the 21-metre platform in
38 female athletes will have taken part by the time the tour reaches 100
.

Total nationalities

Most athletes by country

Competition dives Meters dived Time

* can still change in first two stops of 2024

THERE ARE EVEN MORE STATS

Earliest prize giving ceremony

Latest prize giving ceremony

Most spectators on final day

Remotest location

Longest platform

Shortest platform

Coldest water

Coldest

Hottest

Hottest

WOMEN MEN OVERALL ALL THE STATS YOU NEED
Metrics
Temperature
* from the mainland Country with the most different locations Various Timing 17 11 4 4 1918 40278 1.49 8° 12° 28° 44.5° 46.5° 53.5° 82.5° 112° 4
3 75000 3900km * 3700km * 30m 1.5m 11.00 am midnight 4639 125253 3.87 6557 165531 5.36 23 8 8 5 25 19 10 7 USA CAN AUS C° C° C° C° F° F° F° F° La Rochelle Hilo, Hawaii Rapa Nui Oslo Mostar Azores Dubai FRA USA CHI NOR BIH POR UAE 2015 2010 2011 2013 2017
AND
Nationalities
*
3 3
air
in the
(h)
air
water
air FRA USA IRL NOR
Ranco Inis Mór
Shab Texas CHI IRL OMN USA
Lago
Wadi
UKR USA GBR USA UKR GBR 100 STOPS AND BEYOND
100 STOPS IN La Rochelle France 2009–2013, 2015, 2016 6 Rotterdam Netherlands 2009 1 Dubrovnik Croatia 2009 1 Polignano a Mare Italy 2009, 2010, 2015–2019, 2021(2)–2023 11 Antalya Turkey 2009 1 Hamburg Germany 2009 1 Sisikon Switzerland 2009, 2010, 2018, 2022 4 Athens Greece 2009, 2011, 2024 3 Yucatán Mexico 2010, 2011, 2014 3 Kragerø Norway 2010, 2014 2 Hilo, HI USA 2010 1 Rapa Nui, Easter Island Chile 2011 1 Malcesine Italy 2011, 2013 2 Boston, MA USA 2011–2013, 2022–2024 6 Yalta Ukraine 2011 1 Bonifacio France 2012 1 Grimstad Norway 2012 1 Azores Portugal 2012–2019 8 Inis Mór Ireland 2012, 2014, 2017 3 Pembrokeshire United Kingdom 2012, 2013, 2016 3 Wadi Shab Oman 2012 1 Copenhagen Denmark 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2022 5 Krabi Thailand 2013 1 Havanna Cuba 2014 1 Possum Kingdom Lake, TX USA 2014–2018 5 Bilbao Spain 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 4 Cartagena Colombia 2015 1 Mostar Bosnia & Herzegovina 2015–2019, 2021–2023 8 Shirahama Japan 2016 1 Dubai UAE 2016 1 Lago Ranco Chile 2017 1 El Nido Philippines 2019 1 Dublin Ireland 2019 1 Beirut Lebanon 2019 1 Saint Raphaël France 2021 1 Downpatrick Head Ireland 2021 1 Paris France 2022, 2023 2 Oslo Norway 2022 1 Sydney Australia 2022 1 Takachiho Japan 2023 1 Auckland New Zealand 2023 1 Most editions held Location Country Years event held Editions 100 STOPS AND BEYOND

Location Country Editions

41 LOCATIONS
Years event held Antalya Turkey 1 2009 Kragerø Norway 2 2010, 2014 Rotterdam Netherlands 1 2009 Hamburg Germany 1 2009 Hilo, HI USA 1 2010 La Rochelle France 6 2009–2013,
2016 Dubrovnik Croatia 1 2009 Sisikon Switzerland 4 2009,
2018, 2022 Rapa Nui, Easter Island Chile 1 2011
2015,
2010,
Italy 11 2009,
Athens Greece 3 2009, 2011, 2024
Polignano a Mare
2010, 2015–2019, 2021(2)–2023
Mexico 3 2010, 2011, 2014 Most editions Malcesine Italy 2 2011, 2013 100 STOPS AND BEYOND
Yucatán
100 STOPS IN
Mór Ireland 3 2012, 2014, 2017 Havanna Cuba 1 2014 Bonifacio France 1 2012 Boston, MA USA 6 2011–2013, 2022–2024 Pembrokeshire United Kingdom 3 2012, 2013, 2016 Possum Kingdom Lake, TX USA 5 2014– 2018 Yalta Ukraine 1 2011 Cartagena Colombia 1 2015 Grimstad Norway 1 2012 Wadi Shab Oman 1 2012 Bilbao Spain 4 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 Azores Portugal 8 2012–2019 Copenhagen Denmark 5 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2022 Krabi Thailand 1 2013 Most editions 100 STOPS AND BEYOND
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41 LOCATIONS Dublin Ireland 1 2019 Lago Ranco Chile 1 2017 Oslo Norway 1 2022 Shirahama Japan 1 2016 Mostar Bosnia & Herzegovina 8 2015–2019, 2021–2023 Beirut Lebanon 1 2019 El Nido Philippines 1 2019 Sydney Australia 1 2022 Dubai UAE 1 2016 Saint Raphaël France 1 2021 Takachiho Japan 1 2023 Auckland New Zealand 1 2023 Downpatrick Head Ireland 1 2021 Paris France 2 2022, 2023
editions 100 STOPS AND BEYOND
Most
103 ATHLETES FROM Name Nationality Years competed Competitions ALDRIDGE Blake  GBR 2011-22 66 APPENZELLER Matthias  SUI 2018-23 5 ARATA Kyohei JPN 2023 1 ARAYON Christian  COL 2014-16 3 ARNETT Kaylea USA 2024 - 1 BADER Anna  GER 2014 - 19 BARALDI Davide ITA 2022 - 2 BARNABA Andrea  ITA 2022 - 1 BAKUNOVYTSKA Anna  UKR 2021 1 BAYON Madeleine FRA 2023 - 2 BEDNAR Chris  AUS 2022 1 BLACK Steve  AUS 2009-2011 15 BORNEBUSCH Annika DEN 2023 1 BRUNDISH Sophie  GBR 2015 1 CARLSON Molly  CAN 2021 - 23 CARLTON Cesilie  USA 2014-17 19 CARPENTER Meili  USA 2021 - 20 CHINNOCK Emily AUS 2023 - 1 COLTURI David  USA 2011 - 65 COOPER Matthew  USA 2021 - 4 COSETTI Elisa  ITA 2021 - 9 COWEN Mat  GBR 2012-16 10 DE MOND Kent  USA 2009-2014 32 DE ROSE Alessandro  ITA 2013-22 39 DEVORA Alberto  ESP 2019-21 2 DUQUE Orlando  COL 2009-2019 67 DUVAL Jean-David  SUI 2022 1 ETTERMAN Katy  USA 2018 1 FISCHER Laurent  FRA 2009 1 FISH Susanna  USA 2022-23 2 FEDOTOV Nikita  IAT (RUS–2021) 2017 - 26 FERNANDEZ Celia  ESP 2018-23 8 FERZULI Jorge  MEX 2011-16 17 FREI Markus  SUI 2009 1 GARCIA Miguel  COL 2014 - 31 GIMENO Carlos  ESP 2018 - 18 GOWDY Michael  CAN 2009 2 GUTIERREZ Fito  MEX 2010 1 GUZMAN Sergio  MEX 2015 - 37 HALBISCH Manuel  GER 2019 1 HARRISON Aimee  CAN 2019 - 9 HERCULANO Morgane SUI 2024 - 1 HESLOP Aidan  GBR 2018 - 21 HUBER Ginger  USA 2014-19 25 HULLIGER Andreas  SUI 2014 1 HUNT Gary  FRA (GBR–2019) 2009 - 98 HYER-TIRA Tara  USA 2014-17 11 IFFLAND Rhiannan  AUS 2016 - 45 IGNATENKO Andrey UKR 2009-2010 14 JIMENEZ Adriana  MEX 2014-22 36 JIMERSON Nate  USA 2018-23 5 JONES Andy  USA 2011-22 55 JUNIOR Jucelino  BRA 2009-19 13 100 STOPS AND BEYOND
Name Nationality Years competed Competitions KEDA MOURA Edivaldo  BRA 2014 2 KIRBS Kai  GER 2014 1 KOHL Alain  LUX 2009-2019 44 KOLANUS Kris  POL 2011-19 40 KOLESNIKOV Slavik  UKR 2018-21 6 KUTSENKO Gennadiy  UKR 2011-13 4 KUTSENKO Sasha  UKR 2011-14 11 LEATHEAD Simone CAN 2023 - 6 LICHTENSTEIN James  USA 2022 - 12 LOBUE Steven  USA 2011-21 66 MACAULAY Jessica  CAN (GBR–2020) 2017-23 31 MARTINEZ Yolotl MEX 2024 - 1 MASLOUSKI Viktar  BLR 2016-19 7 MERTEN Helena  AUS 2015-17 14 MIKAU Andrei  BLR 2016 1 MITRIONE Kyle  USA 2011-18 19 MOUTI Hassan  FRA 2009-2013 21 NAVRATIL Michal  CZE 2009-2022 82 NESTSIARAVA Yana  IAT (BLR–2021) 2014 - 37 OUMEDJKANE Cyrille  FRA 2009-2016 36 PAREDES Jonathan  MEX 2011 - 70 PAVA Eber  COL 2009-2013 12 PENNISI Xantheia  AUS 2018 - 26 POLYESHCHUK Slava  UKR 2009-2012 21 POPOVICI Constantin  ROU 2018 - 25 PREDA Catalin  ROU 2018 - 26 PRYGOROV Oleksiy  UKR 2017 - 29 QUINTERO Maria Paula  COL 2017 - 27 RICHARD Lysanne  CAN 2014-19 22 RUMPIT Braden NZL 2023 - 2 SALYAMOVA Leyla IAT 2022 1 SANGPAN Genevieve USA 2019-23 6 SCHMIDBAUER Iris  GER 2016 - 27 SEMASHKO Igor  RUS 2013-2017 3 SHABOTENKO Anatoliy  UKR 2012-2015 18 SILCHENKO Artem  IAT (RUS–2021) 2009-23 67 SIMPSON Rachelle  USA 2014-16 11 SMART Eleanor  USA 2017 - 33 SMIRNOVA Maria  USA 2022 1 SPASOV Todor  BUL 2011-17 11 VALDEZ Irlanda  MEX 2018 1 VALENTE Jaki  BRA 2014-22 22 VALENTE Paty BRA 2023 - 4 VAN KATWIJK Ginni NED 2021 - 3 VIGELAND Magnus  NOR 2010 1 VYSHYVANOVA Antonina  UKR 2018-22 14 VYSHYVANOV Oleg  UKR 2009 1 WEYMOUTH Owen  GBR 2016-22 9 WILKER Jose BRA 2014-15 2 WURST Christian  GER 2013 1 100 STOPS AND BEYOND Competitors in first stop Competition winners to date
25 NATIONALITIES
ALDRIDGE Blake
BARALDI Davide
BLACK Steve
COLTURI
David DEVORA Alberto
BAKUNOVYTSKA Anna CARLSON Molly COSETTI Elisa DUVAL Jean-David
CARPENTER
BEDNAR Chris
MOND
Meili DE
Kent FISCHER
Laurent
BRUNDISH
BARNABA Andrea
Sophie COOPER Matthew DUQUE Orlando
BAYON
CARLTON
Madeleine Cesilie COWEN
ETTERMAN
BORNEBUSCH
Mat Katy
CHINNOCK
Annika
Emily DE ROSE
Alessandro FISH
APPENZELLER
ARATA
ARAYON
ARNETT
BADER
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Susanna Matthias
Kyohei
Christian Kaylea Anna

FEDOTOV

Nikita

GOWDY

Michael

HESLOP

Aidan

Andrey

KIRBS

FERNANDEZ

Celia

GUTIERREZ Fito

FERZULI

Jorge

Sergio

Kai GUZMAN

HUBER Ginger JIMENEZ Adriana

HULLIGER Andreas JIMERSON

Kris

Manuel FREI

GARCIA Miguel

Alain HALBISCH

HARRISON Aimee

HYER-TIRA

Tara

JUNIOR Jucelino KUTSENKO Gennadiy

IGNATENKO
Nate KOLANUS
KOHL
Markus HUNT
Gary JONES
Andy KOLESNIKOV Slavik
HERCULANO Morgane
GIMENO Carlos IFFLAND Rhiannan
KEDA MOURA Edivaldo
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KUTSENKO Sasha

LEATHEAD Simone

OUMEDJKANE Cyrille

MERTEN Helena SIMPSON Rachelle PREDA Catalin SALYAMOVA Leyla MITRIONE Kyle PAVA Eber QUINTERO Maria Paula SCHMIDBAUER Iris NAVRATIL Michal POLYESHCHUK Slava RUMPIT Braden MIKAU Andrei SILCHENKO Artem PAREDES Jonathan PRYGOROV Oleksiy SEMASHKO Igor MOUTI Hassan PENNISI Xantheia RICHARD Lysanne SHABOTENKO Anatoliy
SANGPAN
NESTSIARAVA Yana POPOVICI Constantin
Genevieve LICHTENSTEIN James LOBUE Steven MACAULAY Jessica  MARTINEZ Yolotl
103 ATHLETES FROM 100 STOPS AND BEYOND
MASLOUSKI Viktar

SMART

Eleanor

VAN

Ginni

WURST Christian

SMIRNOVA Maria

SPASOV Todor

VALDEZ Irlanda

VALENTE Jaki

VALENTE Paty

FUN FACTS FAMILY AND OTHER AFFAIRS

The World Series is like a family, they say… and in fact there is some evidence of this below.

WHAT?

Twins Sisters Couples

Father and daughter

Step-daughter and -father

Competing mothers

Diver to judge

WHO?

Gennadiy and Sasha Kutsenko

Jaki and Paty Valente

Anna Bader, Kris Kolanus

Antonina Vyshyvanova, Nikita Fedotov

Ginni van Katwijk, Matthew Cooper

Molly Carlson, Aidan Heslop

Oleg and Antonina Vyshyvanova

Maria Paula Quintero, Miguel Garcia

Lysanne Richard, Anna Bader

Ginger Huber, Andrey Ignatenko, Slava Polyeshchuk, Cyrille Oumedjkane

KATWIJK VYSHYVANOVA Antonina WEYMOUTH Owen WILKER Jose VIGELAND Magnus VYSHYVANOV Oleg
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LEGENDARY LOCATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

ATHENS GRE

BOSTON USA

POLIGNANO A MARE ITA

CAUSEWAY COAST NIR

OSLO NOR MONTREAL CAN ANTALYA TUR SYDNEY AUS

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is a global tour, set against natural wonders, urban landscapes, and remote venues. From May to November 2024, witness the daring dives unfold across four continents, creating a spectacle that’s as diverse as it is exhilarating.

ICONIC PLACES AROUND THE WORLD

ATHENS

Athens | GREECE

A brand new season kicks off in one of the world’s most ancient settings this summer, when the 2024 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series gets underway in Athens.

Lake Vouliagmeni, situated in the southern region of the Greek capital, will not only provide a most picturesque spot for the season’s first dives, but also a stiff opening test for the athletes with one round being contested directly off the cliff.

While this will be a first-ever welcome to the venue for the women, two previous encounters for the men back in 2009 and 2011 saw the great Gary Hunt strike up a love affair with the heart-shaped lagoon. This year, that relationship will not be rekindled. In fact, with not a single diver from those two editions appearing here, it will be a new location for every competitor this year.

The “Enchanted Lake”, as Lake Vouliagmeni is called, was formed 2000 years ago, and is associated with many myths and mysterious stories about voracious creatures and hidden treasures found within its dark waters.

20 years after Athens hosted the Olympic Games, the cliff diving elite will once more be granted access to this unique spot as they begin a brand new quest for the King Kahekili Trophy.

Location Lake Vouliagmeni

Coordinates

37.80790, 23.78550

Platform heights 27m | 21m

Water depth avg. 80m

Water temperature in May 23°C

Air temperature in May 23°C

Water Brackish

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LAKE VOULIAGMENI

STOP 2 JUNE 8

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Boston | USA

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series rolls into Boston harbour for the third year in a row this June, marking the 100th stop since its inaugural competition back in 2009.

Location

ICA – waterfront museum and exhibition space

Coordinates

42.3528824,-71.043011

Platform heights

27.5m | 21m

Water depth 7m

Water temperature in June 17°C

Air temperature in October 22°C

Water Boston Harbour, seawater

Leaping from old to new, the cliff diving elite will again display their skills from the renowned Institute of Contemporary Art, in the city’s Seaport neighbourhood, just two weeks after the season opener.

Last year, 20,000 fans watched on as Australia’s Rhiannan Iffland and Romanian Constantin Popovici kicked off their title charge in stunning style here, the latter posting a record-high score in the men’s competition. Huge crowds are expected once again with many harbouring the hopes of witnessing a first home-grown winner in Boston.

The Institute of Contemporary Art itself is an architectural marvel, designed to offer the public the joys of reflection, provocation, inspiration, and imagination. Built in 2006, it features a unique cantilever that extends to the water’s edge, making it a one-of-a-kind venue for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

This June, the hearts and minds of Bostonians will once again be captured as 24 of the world’s best cliff divers put on a dazzling display at the waterfront museum.

BOSTON

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Previous Winners 2023 Rhiannan Iffland | Constantin Popovici 2022 Molly Carlson | Aidan Heslop 2013 Gary Hunt 2012 Gary Hunt 2011 Orlando Duque

POLIGNANO A MARE

STOP 3 JUNE 30

ALL TAKE-OFF SPOTS ARE LOCATED WITHIN PRIVATE RESIDENCES.

The home of European cliff diving, Polignano a Mare, welcomes back the athletes for a record-extending 11th year, as the 2024 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series reaches its third stop. With every passing year, another layer of cliff diving history is added to this magical spot on the Adriatic coast, where the athletes leap from a variety of take-off spots located on private houses built upon the rocks.

For years, it’s been a tale of dominance for Rhiannan Iffland. Seeing her atop the podium is now as familiar as the age-old staples of mozzarella and raw fish in these parts. For Gary Hunt, it had been a similar story until last year, when the tide changed and a new winner – England’s Aidan Heslop – came ashore.

From the rocks and private balconies to the beach and the historic arch bridge, thousands fill every vantage point each year to witness the sun-drenched divers displaying their acrobatics. Situated in the beautiful region of Puglia, it is the ideal spot for year-round sports and nature activities. Discover Puglia at www.weareinpuglia.it

Though it may only be for just seconds, the sight of divers flying gracefully through the sky will once again delight the crowds this summer.

Location Bastione di Santo Stefano

Coordinates 40.99720, 17.21860

Platform heights 27m | 21m

Water depth + 5m

Water temperature in June 22°C

Air temperature in June 22°C

Water Adriatic Sea, seawater

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Previous Winners 2023 R. Iffland | A. Heslop 2022 R. Iffland | G. Hunt 2021 R. Iffland | G. Hunt 2021 R. Iffland | G. Hunt 2019 R. Iffland | G. Hunt 2018 R. Iffland | G. Hunt 2017 R. Iffland | A. De Rose 2016 L. Richard | A. Silchenko 2015 R. Simpson | G. Hunt 2010 A. Silchenko 2009 O. Duque
BASTIONE DI SANTO STEFANO Polignano a Mare | ITALY

STOP 4 JULY 20

Location

Ballycastle Harbour

Coordinates

55.2067, 6.2398

Platform heights

27m | 21m

Water depth

6.5m

Water temperature in July

14.8°C

Air temperature in July

19°C

Water Seawater

CAUSEWAY COAST

BALLYCASTLE

Causeway Coast | NORTHERN IRELAND

The first of two new locations on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series this year, Northern Ireland’s rugged ‘Causeway Coast’ will test the athletes to their limits as the season moves towards its half-way point.

With multiple take-off spots lined up, divers will first need to display their skills off-the-cliffs at both Kinbane Castle and the iconic ‘Lord’s Prayer’, before moving on to the platforms constructed at scenic Ballycastle Harbour for the final two rounds.

With five previous stops on the island of Ireland, the most recent in Downpatrick Head, County Mayo in 2021, the potentially challenging conditions should throw no surprises to the more seasoned divers.

Internationally renowned for its world-class golf courses, medieval castles and distilleries, the coastline is also home to UNESCO World Heritage Site, ‘The Giant’s Causeway’. Formed by a volcanic eruption approximately 50 million years ago, locals know the Causeway was actually built by a mythical giant, Finn MacCool, in order to confront his great rival, Scottish Giant, Benandonner!

As the season reaches its midpoint, expect to see dramatic battles unfold as champions and challengers fight for cliff diving supremacy.

BALLYCASTLE IS HOME TO A LARGE SCULPTURE CELEBRATING THE IRISH MYTH, THE ‘CHILDREN OF LIR’. THE CHILDREN, TRANSFORMED INTO SWANS, WERE CURSED TO SPEND 300 YEARS IN THE SEAS OFF BALLYCASTLE.
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STOP 5 AUGUST 10

WALKING ON THE OPERA ROOF HAS BECOME AN ATTRACTION IN ITSELF.

Cliff diving makes its highly anticipated return to the Norwegian capital this August, where perhaps the most unique platform awaits the athletes as the second half of the season gets underway.

Stretching 30m out from the Oslo Opera House roof, the platform is both fascinating and record-breaking. At no other location in the history of the World Series has the walk to the edge been longer than the drop down.

Tried and tested for an exhibition event in 2021 and a World Series stop in 2022, this ‘catwalk’ gives a few extra seconds for athletes to lap up the adulation from the thousands gathered on land and in the fjord below.

Two years ago, Rhiannan Iffland and Gary Hunt topped the podiums, 12 years after Norway’s first World Series stop in Kragerø. Hunt, who has won all four stops in Norway (Oslo 2022, Kragerø 2010 & 2014, Grimstad 2012) will not be competing this season, guaranteeing a new face on top of the men’s podium.

Rising from the water like an iceberg, the Opera House’s angled roof slopes down to ground level, inviting visitors to walk up and enjoy the views of Oslo.

As the fight for the King Kahekili trophies heats up, which cliff divers will conquer the longest platform in history?

Rhiannan Iffland | Gary Hunt

Location

The Oslo Opera House Coordinates 59.90752, 10.75236

Platform heights 27m | 21m

Water depth 5m

Water temperature in August 17°C

Air temperature in August 20°C

Water Oslofjord, seawater

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Previous Winners 2022
OPERA HOUSE Oslo | NORWAY
OSLO

STOP 6 AUGUST 25

GRAND QUAY OF THE PORT OF MONTREAL Montreal | CANADA

Montreal will play host as one of the brand new locations for this year’s Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series and the first-ever stop in Canada’s history.

Location

Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal

Coordinates

45.30079, 73.33096

Platform heights

27m | 21m

Water depth + 12m

Water temperature in August

21°C

Air temperature in August

22°C

Water St. Lawrence River, freshwater

Renowned as Canada’s best-kept secret, the city proudly claims its status as an international high diving hub with the 20-meter indoor platform at the Olympic Pool, setting it apart as one of the world’s few year-round training locations. Fueling the city’s high diving prowess is the prestigious presence of top divers, including the extraordinary Canadian athlete Molly Carlson, who refines her skills at this iconic Montreal facility.

For the inaugural Canadian Red Bull Cliff Diving competition, the action will take place at the Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal. This exceptional site, spanning 1.2 kilometres along the majestic St. Lawrence River, provides a breathtaking backdrop.

Situated on this extraordinary spot, the pier holds historical significance as one of the primary docks constructed during the early 20th century. As the cliff divers take centre stage, they will add a thrilling chapter to the rich history of the Grand Quay, merging the city’s maritime legacy with the exhilaration of world-class cliff diving.

THE CITY: 2,200 M2 OF VEGETATION, A 180 M BOARDWALK AND 24,000 PLANTS.

THE

GRAND QUAY FEATURES ONE OF THE LARGEST GREEN ROOFS IN
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MONTREAL

ANTALYA

ONE OF THE FEW LOCATIONS WITH NATURAL CLIFFS THAT ARE LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY.

The seventh stop of the season sees the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series return to Antalya for the first time since the sport’s inaugural season in 2009. In a city where the sea, sun, history and nature commune in harmony, divers will come together for the potentially make-orbreak penultimate event.

Antalya cliffs, a series of high and steep rocks situated between the Lara and Konyaalti beaches, will provide a natural and spectacular setting for the divers in their final leaps in the northern hemisphere ahead of the season finale.

Antalya – Türkiye’s ‘capital of tourism’, recently surpassed Paris and New York as the fourth most visited city in the world, welcoming over 16.5 million visitors in 2023. A significant tourist hub, Atatürk Park captivates visitors with palm-lined cliffs and mesmerizing views of the sea enchanting those who witness its sunrise and sunset.

15 years ago, Artem Silchenko topped the podium, ahead of cliff diving legends Orlando Duque and Gary Hunt – all who went on to collect the King Kahekili trophy during their respective careers. While none of the original line up remains in competition, there’s a good chance that this year’s podiums will be graced by the eventual 2024 champions.

Location Coastal park of Akdeniz district

Coordinates

36.8838384, 30.6828812

Platform heights

27m | 21m

Water depth 8.2m

Water temperature in September 22°C

Air temperature in September 25°C

Water The Mediterranean Sea STOP 7 SEPTEMBER 29

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Previous Winners 2009 Artem Silchenko
ATATÜRK PARK Antalya | TÜRKİYE

STOP 8 NOVEMBER 10

FLEET STEPS, THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS

Sydney | AUSTRALIA

Location

Fleet Steps, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Harbour

Coordinates

33.514092, 151.131357O

Platform heights

27m | 21m

Water depth

5.5m

Water temperature in November

20°C

Air temperature in November

24°C

Water

Sydney Harbour, seawater

All roads lead to Sydney as the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to Australia for the 2024 final. Just as they did two years ago, the world’s best cliff divers will battle it out for the King Kahekili trophies and coveted qualification spots against the backdrop of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

In 2022, it was a magical homecoming for Rhiannan Iffland, and the record-breaking champion will be hoping to lift the trophy in front of her friends, family and supporters for a second time. With Gary Hunt not competing this season, Sydney is guaranteed to see a different men’s champion in the final shakeup.

The drama will all unfold from two purpose-built platforms at Fleet Steps in The Royal Botanic Gardens, and spectators are welcome to come and revel in the action at what will be a free, fun and family-friendly event.

Brimming with beautiful landmarks and heritage sites, Sydney is a sprawling cityscape and bustling cultural scene complimented by iconic beaches. It’s easy-going attitude of locals adds a charismatic touch to it all.

The cliff diving elite, in their quest for glory, will add their own touch of charm and style to the city when they take their final leaps of the season this November.

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Previous Winners 2022 Rhiannan Iffland | Gary Hunt MRS
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ONE OF THE BEST VANTAGE POINTS IN SYDNEY TO VIEW THE SYDNEY HARBOUR. SYDNEY
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In a breathtaking display of skill and courage, Artem Silchenko of Russia dives from the 27-metre platform on Hong Island during the
last competition day of the eighth and final stop of the
Red Bull Cliff
Diving World
Series, Krabi
, Thailand on 26 October 2013

CLIFF DIVING AROUND THE WORLD

BUCKLE UP AND IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE ADVENTURES OF THE ATHLETES.

Cliff diving is more than just a competition - it’s adventure, exploration and travel while doing what you love.

Cliff diving awakens the wanderlust in all of us!

Cliff diving has literally travelled the world, with divers launching from icebergs in Antarctica, Indian step wells, sacred cenotes in Mexico and the world’s largest waterfall in Zambia. They have gone cliff-searching from Puerto Rico to Ibiza to Guatemala, discovered shipwrecks in the Atlantic and dived in Croatia’s blue cave, while delving deep into Australian Aboriginal culture...

Follow the divers on their exciting ventures as they explore spectacular sites in lush and wild areas on our YouTube channel.

The World Series athletes are not dry competitors, but have an adventurous spirit, a curious nature and constantly embark on exotic trips and travels to some of the remotest and most ravishing places in the world. They take us to unique locations around the world, but also explore local culture, traditions and history, always offering cliff diving wisdom along the way.

The protagonists of these journeys come in all shapes and forms - multiple champions and young talents, male and female, debutants and experienced explorers - united by their love of free-falling from great heights in some of the most unexpected environments.

Picture this – the world’s elite cliff divers soaring to unimaginable heights, up to 27 metres above untouched waters – a symphony of skill, concentration, and sheer audacity.

In 2024, 12 extraordinary men and 12 daring women will captivate audiences worldwide. Their three seconds of free fall will redefine the boundaries of human capability, as they execute dives of increasing complexity with unparalleled precision.

This isn’t just a sport; it’s an art form. Aesthetic free falls that push the limits of what’s physically possible. Imagine the rush as these athletes reach speeds in excess of 85 km/h, defying gravity and expectation.

Red Bull Cliff Diving is more than just a competition. It’s a global spectacle set against natural wonders, urban landscapes, and remote venues watched by thousands of spectators on site or on screen

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It’s not just all about dry interviewsmedia representatives can also get wet during the World Series stops, in a diving workshop offered at most venues, and they can test their knee stability and head for heights on the 27 metre high platform.

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Media Service – Moving and still images, editorial texts and special requests – during the entire season the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series’ editorial service provides the media with a variety of rich and distinct contents and formats. A skilled team of photographers, TV crews and news, digital and social editors produce editorial content and distributes news, pictures, stories, audio and TV-footage to the international media, providing background and inside information and bringing the sport closer to a wider audience.

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The season finale in 2017 at the border of Patagonia tested the athletes’ stamina in an icy-cold challenge when the water temperature stayed clearly below the 10-degree Celsius mark.

ENCYCLOPEDIA

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Acapulco

In Acapulco, Mexico, pearl divers began to dive from the cliffs of La Quebrada in the 1930s in order to find the biggest and most valuable pearls. Legends recall the heights from which they jumped. The figure of 36 metres is inscribed into the top of the cliff; however, many people talk about dives in excess of 40 metres. The highest level on site is actually 25.90 metres above the sea.

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Blind Entry

The last time the diver sees the water is at least half a somersault before entry and hence lines up “blind”.

Braking distance

The braking distance for a high dive from 27m is approximately 4m after entry into the water.

C Chamois

The chamois or ‘shammy’ is a small towel that serves a few purposes.

It keeps the divers’ body dry before a dive. This is important because the hands and legs need to be dry to not slip out of position in the air. At the same time, the athletes try to keep their hands wet – in the same way that some people wet the tips of their fingers to turn the pages of a book.

In case of low temperatures, the divers try to keep warm by drying their bodies with the chamois. It’s dry again as soon as you squeeze the water out of the towel.

Champions

Between 2009 and 2023 the World Series has crowned seven different champions: Orlando Duque (1), Gary Hunt (10), Artem Silchenko (1), Jonathan Paredes (1) and Constantin Popovici (1) in the men’s, Rachelle Simpson (2) and Rhiannan Iffland (7) in the women’s.

Chilly windy

A weather condition sometimes experienced at World Series events: chilly temperatures and windy weather. The term was coined by Michal Navratil, a Czech diver from the original line up, and has turned into regular World Series lingo.

Clean Cliffs Project

Founded by cliff divers Eleanor Smart and Owen Weymouth, the project’s mission is to prevent plastic pollution in our world’s bodies of water and inspire others to take action through cliff diving and other outdoor activities! Find out more: www.cleancliffsproject.org

DDegree of Difficulty

The Degree of Difficulty of a dive is evaluated based on the following: take-off, number

of somersaults and twists, position during the somersaults and entry into the water. As of 2024 the World Series follows a new Degree of Difficulty table as an adjustment to the sport’s recent evolutions.

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Equipment

There is no need for equipment. Falling free from great heights combined with the most appealing acrobatics –that’s the simple essence of cliff diving. It’s pure. It’s fast and it takes your breath away - the main reasons why so many people are intrigued by the sport.

Evolution

Improvement and evolution are crucial aspects of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Besides offering mesmerising diving action, the World Series also intends to push the limits of the sport. Bringing together the best of their kind and providing them with a stable platform height and a set number of competitions broke new boundaries in its very first year of existence. Gary Hunt’s triple somersault with four twists – the Triple Quad – was the first dive conceived exclusively for cliff diving. The evolution of the sport, which began in 2009, continued in the past years following intense off-season preparation and with the introduction of a Women’s World Series in 2014. More spellbinding action from up to 27m is guaranteed in this anniversary season.

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FFemale competition

The first female competition in the history of Red Bull Cliff Diving was held in Malcesine, Italy, in July 2013 and won by Germany’s Anna Bader. The Women’s World Series was introduced in 2014.

Free fall

During a dive from 27m, the athletes have about three seconds of free fall in which to perform their spectacular movements before they break the water.

GG-force

At the highest point, the G-force value increases to around 10, which means that the diver experiences a force equal to ten times his own weight.

HHeight

High diving competitions are generally held at heights ranging from 20-22 metres for female and 26-28 metres for male divers. 26.5 metres – the minimum height in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series for a men’s competition – is the equivalent of an eight-storey building.

High Scores

All tens from the judges to score 156.00 points - Gary Hunt and Constantin Popovici accomplish the first ever perfect dives in the history of the World Series in 2019. Three more athletes added their names to this elite group in 2021: Rhiannan Iffland, Carlos Gimeno and Catalin Preda.

Heroes

Outstanding achievements, broken records, and unforgettable moments – cliff diving has its heroes, like King Kahekili, Enrique Apac Rios, Lucy Wardle, Olivier Favre, Orlando Duque or Gary Hunt. Also Rhiannan Iffland, the Australian wildcard who won 5 of 7 competitions

in her debut season to become the women’s champion in 2016; in 2023 she secured her seventh overall title.

I Impact

The force of the impact is nine times harder than from the 10-metre platform and can be compared with running full speed into a wall.

J Judges

An international panel of five people judges each dive. The judges consider take-off, position in the air and water entry and they award scores from 0 to 10.

KKahekili

In the 1770s, a no less illustrious personage than Kahekili, the last independent king of Maui, indulged in cliff diving.

KAMEHAMEHA

In the 19th century, the Hawaiian King Kamehameha, was the first to allow the organisation of cliff diving contests with defined rules to determine the best and bravest athlete.

Kaunolu

The holy cliffs of Kaunolu, on the southwestern part of the Hawaiian island of Lanai, are considered the birthplace of this majestic sport.

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LLele Kawa

Lele Kawa is a Hawaiian expression, meaning ‘leaping feet-first from a high cliff into water without making a splash’ and was used by Kahekili as an initiation rite for his warriors.

Live

In 2024, all stops of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will be live on redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV, Facebook and YouTube. The first round will be live on TikTok, rounds 2 and 3 on TikTok, YouTube and Instagram.

Locations

Athens (GRE), Boston (USA), Polignano a Mare (ITA), Causeway Coast (NIR), Oslo (NOR), Montreal (CAN), Antalya (TUR), and Sydney (AUS) are the eight intriguing locations in 2024.

MMaximum height

The maximum height for competitions in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is 22m | 72ft for the women and 28m | 92ft for the men. Due to the rapid acceleration, almost no time benefit occurs from higher dives and the risk of injury increases disproportionately.

Mind

A lot of things go through a diver’s mind just before a dive: They rehearse the whole process mentally before stepping onto the platform. Some of them mimic the dive, recreate it in their heads and visualize the movements. In the last seconds before the dive, they are completely focused, and the fear is gone.

NEW

In 2024, there are two brand new venues in Northern Ireland and Canada. Simone Leathead (CAN), Maria Paula Quintero (COL), Carlos Gimeno (ESP) and Jonathan Paredes (MEX) are the four new permanent divers.

O Origin

Cliff diving had its origin during the 1700s in Hawaii.

PPerformance

Cliff diving is a performance-based sport and everything that happens from take-off to landing requires absolute precision to score high. Precise and athletic, MIDO’s Ocean Star 600 Chronometer with its outstanding watchmaking performances perfectly reflects the qualities required in cliff diving. An exceptional autonomy up to 80 hours power reserve and an extraordinary accuracy, the sporty automatic timepiece is water-resistant up to a pressure of 20 bar (200m / 660 ft).  midowatches.com

Platform

The platform must be a stable takeoff board constructed with a minimum length of 1.5m, a minimum width of 0.75m and a rim at least 2m beyond the vertical line.

Pressure

The fact that the mere thought of a cliff dive in a neutral and relaxed environment sees the heart rate and the body tension rise to the same high level experienced before the actual execution, emphasises the mental and physical pressure to which the athletes are exposed.

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R Requirements

The main requirements for cliff divers are an extensive technical education, many years of experience in diving or a similar acrobatic sport, as well as courage, self-confidence, extraordinary physical control, and the ability to make decisions within fractions of a second based on the following impulses: sight, space, time, and experience.

SSafety

Regulations for safety are a maximum height, a minimum water depth, a stable platform; a water spray at the entry area, rescue divers, paramedics as well as an ambulance.

Skill

Most athletes reach their maximum technical skill and mental maturity at around 30 years of age. Besides a technical education, the main prerequisite for all cliff divers is at least 10 to 15 years of training in diving or a similar acrobatic sport.

Somersault

A somersault is an acrobatic exercise in which the diver rotates head over end, forwards or backwards, reverse or inwards. The record number of somersaults is currently 5.

Speed

From 27m, the speed at which you enter the water is approximately 85km/h | 53mph; an acceleration that compares to a Lamborghini Murciélago.

T Training

A balanced training programme includes springboard diving, flexibility, and power training, as well as mental conditioning.

Triple Quad

Gary Hunt’s triple somersault with four twists – the Triple Quad – was the first dive conceived exclusively for cliff diving.

Twist

The body twists on axis whilst rotating. The record number of twists is currently 5.

UUnder water

As soon as the athletes land, they start their braking process under water. In less than a second the divers’ bodies decelerate from 85km/h | 53mph to zero.

VVertical position

To minimise the risk of injuries and the water splash, the water entry should be in a perfectly vertical position.

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Water

Water is the central element in cliff diving. Characteristics like temperature, density and colour play important roles when the diver approaches the entry point.

Water entry

The most precarious part in cliff diving is the water entry. Even if the divers have a good line and break the water’s

surface perfectly vertical, it still hurts. As their bodies are under tremendous pressure, the water feels like a wall.

Web

redbullcliffdiving.com is the official website of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. It contains latest news, divers’ profiles, picture galleries, videos and the most recent information about the stops and results.

Wind

Probably the most important factor if a competition is safe, is the wind. Getting hit by a gust of wind in mid-air is one of the sports director’s main concerns. The international weather service Ubimet provides the best weather information everywhere the World Series goes to.

Women’s World Series

In 2014, Red Bull Cliff Diving introduced the Women’s World Series and Rachelle Simpson (USA) was crowned the first-ever female champion and defended her title in 2015. Ever since her wildcard title in 2016 Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) has dominated the sport.

World Aquatics

In April 2012 World Aquatics, formerly known as FINA, included high diving as a professional sport.

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Zero protection

Cliff divers do not have any protection except their own experience. Their diving ability is their only protection against injuries.

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