The host for the season’s first stop on European soil provided for an unexpectedly warm welcome in Ireland. Inis Mór, the big island among a group of three, is home to the legendary Serpent’s Lair – ‘Poll na Peist’ in Gaelic – a ‘blowhole’ to subterranean caverns, which spurt out water each day as high tide approaches.
The rectangular-shaped natural pool with bright sunshine on both competition days was the perfect spot for incredible dives. Englishman Gary Hunt did the hardest dives and was crowned the winner of the third stop. On second place was the American Steven LoBue and third finished the Rookie of the year 2013 Jonatan Paredes (Mexico).
The podium also resembles the overall standings after three of seven stops.
RESULTS STOP 3, INIS MOR (Ireland)
1. Gary Hunt | UK | 488.40pts
2. Steven LoBue | USA | 475.40
3. Jonathan Paredes | MEX | 475.20
4. Orlando Duque | COL | 461.90
5. Michal Navratil | CZE | 454.05
6. Blake Aldridge | UK | 443.70
7. David Colturi | USA | 431.80
8. Artem Silchenko | RUS | 417.50
9. Andy Jones | USA | 292.15
10. Alain Kohl (wildcard) | LUX | 289.95
11. Mat Cowen (wildcard) | UK | 276.90
12. Cyrille Oumedjkane (wildcard) | FRA | 259.00
13. Kris Kolanus | POL | 254.60
14. Jucelino Junior (wildcard) | 229.25
From the Aran Islands, the cliff diving elite heads north to the Kragerø archipelago in Norway for the next stop, and the midway point of the 2014 World Series, in two weeks’ time.