São Miguel, Azores

A return to the stunning Azores cliffs for the sixth consecutive season

Azores

São Miguel, Azores
Portugal 9 Jul

Jul 9, 2017 12:30:00 +0000
Azores

12:30 9 Jul | Local Time

12:30 9 Jul | GMT

Conditions

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20°C / 68°F Air
Temperature
22°C Water
Temperature
8 km/h / 5 mph Wind
Velocity
Seawater Water
Type
8m + Water
Depth
27m | 20m Dive
Height

A return to the stunning Azores cliffs for the sixth consecutive season

This event will be LIVE on July 09 from 12.30 local time (12.30 GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV and Facebook.

It won't get anymore pure – cliff diving directly off the cliff face!

The phenomenal rocks of Portugal's Azores islands are a true World Series classic, as this unique volcanic archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean serves as the take-off point for awe-inducing cliff dives for the sixth consecutive time.

Back to the roots is the motto from São Miguel – volcanic stone in the shape of a 'snakehead' and the outside crater walls of the almost perfectly round islet are the ideal spots for the athletes to explore this pure sport, spreading their wings diving straight from the cliffs like the pioneers did in Hawaii almost 250 years ago. Only for the more difficult optional dives will the athletes use the platform construction placed above the ocean.

Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, named after the village just in front in the mainland, is almost circular in shape but broken by a sea entrance through one section of its perimeter and came about following the collapse of an old volcano. The locals call the islet 'Princess Ring'. After being used for many purposes over the centuries – from a military fort area to a vineyard – this islet was classified as a nature reserve in 1983. The crater walls are home to much endemic vegetation. Inside, the crystalline waters of the natural swimming pool have an added beauty and feature their own stunning beach.

Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean – 1,369km west of the European mainland – the Azores archipelago comprises nine islands spread over three groups. This territory symbolizes the beginning of the grand adventure of discovery that began in the 15th century and led the Portuguese to have a presence in the four corners of the globe. Of volcanic origin, the Azores are undoubtedly one of the last paradises in Europe – appearing often in legends of the lost continent of Atlantis – and have brought about the closest victory since the kick-off of the World Series in 2009: 0.1 points.

Location - Volcanic nature reserve off the coast
Coordinates - 37° 41′ N, 25° 26′ W
Platform/rock heights - 27m | 20m
Water depth - 8m and more
Water temperature in July - 22°C
Air temperature in July - 25°C
Water - Atlantic Ocean, seawater
Random fact - The archipelago is Europe's 'weather lab'.

Day Local Time Event
Saturday TBC Event start
    Women's Round 1, Men's Round 1
    Women's Round 2, Men's Round 2
  TBC Event end
Sunday 11:00 Event start
  11:30 Competition start
    Women's Round 3, Men's Round 3
  12:30 Red Bull TV LIVE start
    Women's Finals, Men's Finals
  13:15 Red Bull TV LIVE end
  13:30 Event end

Where is Red Bull Cliff Diving taking place?
The event is at Vila Franca do Campo islet, named after the city that lies in front in the coast of São Miguel, the main island of the Azores archipelago. Used along the centuries for many purposes – from a military fort to vineyard – the islet was classified in 1983 as a Natural Reserve. For more information regarding transportation, accommodations, dining, boat launch/storage, watercraft rentals, activities on Azores please visit www.visitazores.com

Will the event be televised?
All Red Bull World Series competitions are broadcast live on Red Bull TV and www.redbullcliffdiving.com, with free access from several platforms. Be sure to catch the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series stop at Vila Franca do Campo islet broadcast on Sunday, July 9 at 12h30 am local time (1h30 CET) and also at SIC Radical. Broadcast date and time are subject to change so please check your local listings

Can I attend the event as a spectator?
YES!! We'd love to see you there! But, you will need to insure that you have access to the water via kayak, personal watercraft, or boat. There is NO on-land viewing available for the event.

Is there any video wall available?
There will be a video wall placed at Vila Franca do Campo Marina (Restaurante Vinha d'Areia), so local spectators can follow the live transmission there.

How do get to Vila Franca do Campo islet?
Vila Franca do Campo islet is located around one kilometre far from São Miguel coast line. The islet itself will be closed during the event. The only way to get there is by boat. For safety reasons, kayak users have to fill a form at Clube Naval de Vila Franca do Campo before heading to the islet.

What time is the first round of competition?
Date: Saturday, July 8

What time is the championship round of competition?
Date: Sunday, July 9

What to do when boating on Vila Franca do Campo islet:
All boaters can access the event area in front of Vila Franca do Campo islet, please observe all Portuguese boating laws while visiting this spot. Registration is only required for kayaks.

• Please acknowledge all posted signage and maps.
• Please be courteous and respect all working personal onsite.
• Do not play music while competition diving is taking place.
• Vila Franca do Campo islet is closed to the public.
• Observe all closed event areas.
• Please anchor your boat in appropriate zones for boat size.
• Respect the environment and don't waste trash in the ocean.

We are staying for the weekend. What else is there to do?
São Miguel is an activity paradise! There is camping, biking, hiking, dining, and all sorts of outdoor activities to fill up your weekend. Please contact the local Tourism Board by visiting www.visitazores.com

What if I can't make it to Azores for the event?
If you can't make it be sure to watch the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Azores stop on Sunday, July 9 at 12:30 local time on Red Bull TV, SIC Radical or www.redbullcliffdiving.com. Broadcast date and time are subject to change so please check your local listings. In addition there will be a video wall placed at Vila Franca do Campo Marina (Restaurante Vinha d'Areia), so local spectators can also follow the live transmission there.

Are media welcome to attend?
Absolutely! Media are welcome to attend the event, please contact Susana Loio, from Communications: susana.loio@freelance.pt for information and credentials.

How do I follow the conversation online?
Share with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #redbullcliffdiving for all your tagged photos and posts!

This event will be LIVE on July 09 from 12.30 local time (12.30 GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV and Facebook. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. Find out more at about.redbull.tv

If you miss the event or simply want to watch all the action again, the replay will be available on demand a few minutes after the event.

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