For the fifth consecutive year, 22 world class cliff divers from 9 countries are gathering in São Miguel, Azores, to participate in the second stop of the 2017 International Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. This year’s competing divers include women and men.
The extreme sports competition is being held July 8-9 at the Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo, an islet offshore São Miguel island. Previous competitions were held on the islet in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. The location has been proved to be a tournament favorite.
Venues and dates around the globe include stops at Inis Mór, Republic of Ireland (June 24); São Miguel, Azores, Portugal (July 9); Polignano a Mare, Italy (July 23); Texas, United States (September 3); and Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (September 16).
Divers will leap from two platforms placed 27 and 21 meters above the Atlantic Ocean to take a free fall, achieving speeds of approximately 85kph. The challenge creates a special thrill for the athletes and the spectators.
The event “promises to show the most complex and exuberant jumps of the modality proposed by FINA (International Swimming Federation/Fédération Internationale de Natation) for the Olympic Games of 2020”, according to the organization.
Classified as a Nature Reserve, the islet of Vila Franca do Campo is home to many species of birds, crustaceans and flora. Formed from the remains of a collapsed underwater volcano, the islet is named after the nearby Vila Franca do Campo town.
Established in 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is an extreme sport annual challenge created in 2009 by Red Bull. Five international judges score each dive based on a scale of zero to 10 in half-point increments.