Steven LoBue is not only first in the overall ranking after two cliff diving competitions but he was also the first diver to try out the fresh waters around the Azores archipelago in the lead-up to the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012 on the islet of Vila Franca do Campo.
“The next few days are going to be very interesting and I am really excited about this third stop,” said the 27-year-old American, after the early-morning dive at a place called the Whale Kitchen. "From what I have seen so far, the location is beautiful and it feels great to dive in such a natural environment. The water is warm and that’s a good feeling too."
Often referred to as the last paradise in Europe and appearing in the legends of the lost continent of Atlantis, the volcanic islands belonging to Portugal provide the perfect backdrop for the high-level cliff diving competition returning to the sport’s roots. 1,369km west of the European mainland, 13 of the world’s best cliff divers will jump directly off the cliffs in the first two competition rounds.
Only for the third and the final round will they return to the 27m platform. This cliff diving spectacle has never been seen before in a Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series stop, meaning it's a very special moment for the athletes as well as the fans.
Saturday's competition will start at 9.45am local time. Planning to attend? Visit redbullcliffdiving.com's event page for more information