Cliff Diving World Series 2011 kicks off in Rapa Nui

Finally, it’s that time of year again! The Cliff Diving World Series 2011 is about to kick off and for the first tour stop of the year, an amazing and spectacular venue has been found: Rapa Nui on the Easter Island!

From March 10th to 14th, the 12 world’s best high divers will compete for the first scores of this year’s Cliff Diving World Series in Rapa Nui. Can Gary Hunt (GBR) repeat his impressive triumph from last year? With Orlando Duque (COL) and Artem Silchenko (RUS) breathing down his neck and two Rookies, Oleksandr Kutsenko (UKR) und Steven Lobue (USA), who qualified for this year’s series and will definitely stir things up, it’s going to be a tough challenge.

From March to September 2011, the world’s leading cliff divers will take the sports to new heights for the third time. The battle for the overall title is on: seven competitions, seven unique locations and seven different countries – Rapa Nui/Chile, Yucatan/Mexico, Athen/Greece, La Rochelle/France, Malcesine/Italy, Boston/USA and Yalta/Ukraine.

Cliff Diving is three seconds of free fall combined with jaw-dropping acrobatics. The tremendous force of the impact is nine times stronger than diving from a ten-metre tower. Gravity makes the divers accelerate from zero to 90 km/h in three seconds and the water brings them back to zero within four metres. Such courageous dives from dizzying heights demand self-confidence, concentration and absolute body control, requiring 10 to 15 years of technical training.