Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, next stop Garda.

A castle’s main balcony was usually the place from which the king addressed his people. On Sunday, July 24, it will be the high diving elite who will present their outstanding abilities to the public when they take off from the 27m-high platform at Scaliger Castle on Lake Garda.

After two years in the very south of Italy, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series heads north to the country’s biggest lake. Series’ leader Gary Hunt from England still needs to add an Italian victory to his collection, but competition is fierce and a number of athletes could follow the podium’s magical pull from the previous events.

After a chilly stop in the west of France, an almost Mediterranean climate welcomes the world’s best divers. The charming town of Malcesine rises at the feet of the 2,218 metre-high Monte Baldo, on a small hill on the north east side of Italy’s largest lake. Just 50km from Verona, the village is built around Scaliger Castle, which has century-old fortifications, an even older medieval tower and the “Palazzo dei Capitani”.

Between April and October, thousands of tourists come to Lake Garda to indulge in their sporting passions such as windsurfing, sailing, mountain biking, climbing and paragliding. With hosting the fifth stop of this year’s World Series, the area will be able to add one more jaw-dropping discipline when the divers take a leap off the Scaliger Castle into the adjoining lake.

Reigning champion Gary Hunt has to face a whole squadron of combatants as he tries to add an Italian victory to his long list of successes. Hunt failed last year with his attempt of a running leap from the platform. Will he succeed this year?

The action can also be watched as a live webcast on on Sunday, 24th July at 5:00 pm.