Preparations underway for Red Bull Cliff Diving event in Mayo this weekend

Ireland is preparing to host the infamous cliff diving event at a new location.

This weekend, the world’s best cliff divers are to take to County Mayo for one of the most challenging dives yet.

For the fifth time, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to Ireland on Sunday 12 September. Diving from a brand new launchpad, the talented divers will soar feet first from Mayo’s Downpatrick Head.

The picturesque location is the fourth location in this World Series, with two more diving locations planned. Battling for the title of World Series champion, a dozen men and a dozen women have their eyes on the prize, the King Kahekili trophy.

The location – sheer cliffs

Downpatrick Head in Mayo is the site of this year's event.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

The Irish leg of the Cliff Diving World Series is to be held at Downpatrick Head, an area famous for its rugged beauty. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, preparations are underway with the building of the launchpad.

Drone footage by Suas Drones reveals that at least one dive will be completed off the breathtaking cliffs. Diving directly from the cliffs displays the sport of cliff diving in its most natural and raw forms. More complex dives will take place from manufactured platforms.

Red Bull Cliff Diving in Ireland – no stranger to hosting

This is not the first time the Red Bull Cliff Diving event has taken place in Ireland.
Credit: Flickr / Kunal Mukherjee

This is the fifth time the World Series has been hosted in Ireland, with the last in Dún Laoghaire in 2019.

That event was hosted in front of 150,000 spectators and was also streamed across the world. The East Pier saw some of the best cliff divers in the world perform exhilarating dives.

Before this, the Worm Hole or Poll na bPéist hosted the Irish leg of the event three times.

This Aran Islands location is famous worldwide for the natural swimming pool nestled at the base of the cliffs. In addition, this blowhole is highly regarded as being one of the most challenging cliff diving locations in the world.

The competition so far – who to keep your eyes on

Rhiannan Iffland is one of the divers to keep an eye on.
Credit: Instagram / @rhiannan_iffland

The two reigning champions, Rhiannan Iffland from Australia and France’s Gary Hunt, will be competing in the Red Bull Cliff Diving event at this new location. 

The pair lead the rankings after the last leg, which took place at the historic Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Australian woman already has a three-season long winning streak.

Although topping the leaderboard so far, this new location could allow for some wildcards. Newcomer Jessica Carlson stands third in the women’s overall standings after securing a second-place finish in France.

Mexico’s World Series veteran, Adriana Jiménez, is another wildcard to keep your eyes on after earning a second-place finish in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

How to watch – tune in

Red Bull Cliff Diving event set for Mayo this weekend.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, very limited tickets for the event are available. However, those interested in watching the Red Bull Cliff Diving in County Mayo can do so on Red Bull TV on any device. The replay will be available immediately afterwards.

This leg of the World Series will be available to watch on TG4 in Ireland. Streaming begins at 3 pm on 12 September.

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