Red Bull Cliff Diving in Polignano.

Back in the European Mecca of cliff diving! Coming to Polignano a Mare means espresso, delicious ice cream and people of all ages fascinated by jumping into water.

20,000 came to watch the most successful cliff diving event in 2008, 30,000 spectators watched a Colombian victory in 2009 and an enormous crowd can be expected for 4th stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2010.

Italy probably provides the most unusual location: the take-off spot is a private roof top terrace and the athletes have to enter the platform 26m above the Adriatic Sea via a private living room. The house is built over the most famous cliff of the coast and looks integrated into the cliff itself. Within the international high diving scene this spot is renowned for its uniqueness.

Polignano a Mare is a typical south Italian town in the province of Bari in Apulia and home for just a little more than 16,000 people. It was also the birthplace of Domenico Modugno, writer and interpreter of the world famous song “Volare” meaning nothing less than “to fly”.

When: 08 August 2010
Location: Pietro L’Abbate’s terrace, Polignano a Mare (BA)
Coordinates: 41°00’N, 17°03’E
Platform height: 26m
Water depth: + 5m
Water temperature in August: 25ºC
Air temperature in Augus: 30ºC
Water:  Adriatic Sea, sea water
Peculiarity: platform is fixed on a private terrace

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Photos by Balazs Gardi, courtesy of Red Bull