The halfway point in this year’s Red Bull Cliff Diving series saw conditions very different from normal, but a very similar result.
In the choppy Adriatic at Polignano a Mare in Italy, Colombian Orlando Duque once again took the honours, with England’s Gary Hunt and Russian Artem Silchenko in third. The three men also occupy the same positions in the championship’s overall standings with 76, 58 and 46pts respectively.
Diving 26m through the concrete-hard surface of the water is always going to be hard to achieve with any accuracy, but with waves so high that other seagoers were prevented from entering the area by port authorities, the task was unusually tricky in Polignano, with an even smaller margin for error. Judging the divers’ entries was also difficult, with unscheduled splashes and spray whipping off the water, thanks to the wind.
While they might have been prevented from entering the water, there were still 30,000 people to spectate on the shore, meaning that 160,000 have now seen Orlando and co strutting their stuff in Red Bull Cliff Diving this year. The last four stops on the 2009 tour begin with the Turkish round in Antalya on August 8. Find out more at www.redbullcliffdiving.com.