- The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series’ latest round took place at the Archipelago of The Azores
- Photographs show the precision divers have to achieve to ensure their safety between rocks
- Latest round was won by defending champion, Briton Gary Hunt who impresses judges with stunts
If you’re scared of heights, you might want to look away now.
The latest round of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series took place in the Portuguese islands of The Azores as competitors leapt from dizzying heights sandwiched between rocks.
And the difference with this stage is that the divers don’t have a platform to jump from, but rather a rough cliff edge.
Sergio Guzman of Mexico prepares to dive from the 90ft platform during the fifth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
The dives from the cliffs at the islands of The Azores looks at best risky, with competitors appearing as though they are close for comfort to the rocks
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion Gary Hunt won for the fifth time in a row in 2015, diving to victory ahead of Jonathan Paredes and Andy Jones in the Portuguese islands of the Azores that featured diving directly off the cliff.
The Islet of Vila Franca do Campo also hosted the second Women’s World Series event of the year, with wildcard Cesilie Carlton taking first place.
The competition takes place all over the world, including in destinations such as Copenhagen in Denmark, Texas in the U.S. and Bilbao in Spain.
Thirty-one-year-old Hunt recovered from a poor first day of competition on Friday when he was positioned only 12th to rack up a haul of 471.80 points on Saturday to secure top spot and leap to a total of 1,000 points in the overall standings.
‘I definitely put the pressure on myself with a shaky start,’ Hunt told the competition’s website.
‘I just knew that it was so important for my morale to do a good first dive off the rocks today. It just lifted my spirits and confidence to keep going.
‘Last year was tough in the Azores, and it’s difficult to have it in your mind that ‘yeah, you’re great off the platform, but you can’t do it off the rocks’, so it feels great to prove to myself that I can do it. There’s more pressure on me now for the sixth stop, as who knows this could be a perfect season, and that would be incredible.’
The 14 athletes performed dives of breathtaking complexity, with multiple flips and twists, before hitting the water at speeds of approximately 85kph in the Azores.
Next up for the men is Bosnia-Herzegovina for the sixth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on August 15. The final of the Women’s World Series will take place in Polignano a Mare, Italy, on September 13.
The divers almost literally fly in the face of rocks; pictured here is Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes who finished second.