Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012 Inis Mor Aran Islands
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012
Inis Mor Aran Islands
27 Metres, 14 Divers, 1 Champion
4th August 2012
Rumours of the legendary Serpent’s Lair (Poll na Peist) on the Aran Islands circulate world wide throughout the cliff diving community. Similar to numerous other locations on the islands, the Serpents Lair is what fishermen call a “blowhole,” or a shoreline window to subterranean caverns, which spurt out water each day as high tide approaches. What differentiates the Serpent’s Lair from other blowholes, though, is that it’s a near-perfect rectangle, thus its inexplicable nature.
The Serpent’s Lair is one of those places you only hear stories about, said Orlando Duque, during a photoshoot ahead of the first ever Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition in 2009. “Finding this place and being able to dive there was one of the highlights of my career. Hopefully in the future we can bring a cliff diving competition to Ireland.” Orlando’s hopes will be answered during the first weekend of August, when the world’s best cliff divers come to the biggest of the three Aran Islands for the season’s halfway stage. A ferry ride from Galway on Ireland’s west coast, Inis Mor is home to the Serpent’s Lair – Poll na Peist in Gaelic – a natural formation that fishermen call a ‘blowhole’. What makes the Serpent’s Lair special is that it’s a near-perfect rectangle, its inexplicable shape ensconced in Gaelic legend.
Cliff diving is considered to be the acrobatic perfection of diving into water from heights ranging between 23 to 28 meters for men and 18 to 23 meters for women. The athletes have approximately three seconds to coordinate their forms and movements before they hit the surface of the water at around 100km/h. A pancake landing from such heights can be compared with a hard landing from 13m on concrete.
Location: Serpent’s Lair
Platform height: 28m
Average water temperature in August: 15°C
Average air temperature in August: 19°C
Type of water: Seawater (Atlantic Ocean)
RED BULL CLIFF DIVING WORLD SERIES TICKETS
Unfortunately tickets for the Red Bull Cliff Diving event are not available for sale due to the limited number of spectators possible at the site. We are running competitions where people can win tickets, please see the details below.
- To enter the draw to win an Event Day Package participants must go to www.redbullcliffdiving.com/inismor and log into the Red Bull Cliff Diving Challenge via an active Facebook account. Once logged in you must successfully beat the computer in the online Red Bull Cliff Diving Challenge. If successful in this challenge, participants will be entered in to a draw to win one of the Event Day Packages.
- To enter the draw to win a Weekend Package participants can purchase a special Red Bull Cliff Diving Challenge promotional 4-pack of Red Bull (no purchase necessary for Northern Ireland citizens, please go to www.redbullcliffdiving.com/inismor for further details). Participants should go to www.redbullcliffdiving.com/inismor and log into the Red Bull Cliff Diving Challenge via an active Facebook account, enter the code provided on the special Red Bull promotional leaflets which are available with the Red Bull Cliff Diving Challenge promotional 4-packs in participating retailers and successfully beat the computer in the online Red Bull Cliff Diving Challenge. If successful in this challenge, participants will be entered in to the draw to win one of the Weekend Packages. Participants who share the Red Bull Cliff Diving Challenge with 3 friends via the Facebook platform (www.facebook.com) will receive one additional entry to the Event Day Package prize draw, provided that the 3 friends play the online challenge.
- If the participating retailer does not have the special Red Bull promotional leaflets please email email@example.com showing your proof of purchase and we will send you a special code which can be entered in place of the code contained in the promotional leaflets (no purchase necessary for Northern Ireland citizens, please go to www.redbullcliffdiving.com/inismor for further details).