Thursday 21 September 2017

Watch: Incredible scenes from Red Bull Cliff Diving on picturesque Inis Mór

Jonathan Paredes of Mexico 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 Mor, Ireland on June 24, 2017.
Jonathan Paredes of Mexico 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 Mor, Ireland on June 24, 2017.
Mark McConville

Mark McConville

More than 1,500 people attended the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on Inis Mór this weekend and it was as spectacular as promised.

Some 22 male and female divers took part in a testing competition of incredible skill and accuracy.

Rhiannan Iffland, from Australia, who won the women's dive said:

"It's an incredible step for women in diving. We saw the strength of the women here at this event challenging the weather and really pushing the boundaries and showing how strong we are. It's going to be nice to stand underneath the men for the rest of the season and to push the sport to its limits.

"Standing up there it's so scary and you kind of block everything out but hitting the water and coming up and hearing the crowd cheering and kind of giving you a sign of 'yeah I'm happy' yeah it was really really nice," she added.

Gary Hunt, from Britain, who won in the men's category said the competition was "mentally challenging".

Gary Hunt of the UK 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 Mor, Ireland on June 24, 2017.
Gary Hunt of the UK 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 Mor, Ireland on June 24, 2017.

"When we saw it again on the list of competitions, it's tough. There's places where you are relaxed and this ones is definitely not one of them. That said at the end of the competition everyone feels in a really good mood because you know you've done something that... would blow [a lot of peoples'] minds," he told Independent.ie

Launching from a 27-metre platform, participants dived straight into the legendary blowhole known as ‘Poll na Peist’ — the Serpent’s Lair — and fight for the world series title.

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