A new World Series record of 75,000 people watched the second stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015 on Sunday, May 17, witnessing another victory for the seemingly unstoppable Gary Hunt!
The season's first stop on European soil was a return to the World Series' all-time favourite location. During seven years of the series, France has served as host country six times and, besides one side-step to Corsica in 2012, it's La Rochelle, whose name literally translates as 'little cliff', that has welcomed the cliff diving elite on each occasion.
The intimidating former defence tower of Saint Nicolas is still the most daunting venue in the entire competition. For the athletes, it is 120 steps from the catacombs of the tower to the platform, looming more than 27 metres above the chilly waters of the Bay of Biscay.
People have been passing between the Saint Nicolas Tower and the Tour de la Chaine to enter the city of La Rochelle via the seaway since 1345. Looking back on a long tradition of fishing and trading, the seaport of La Rochelle was once the largest on the French Atlantic coast. Nowadays, the city in the Bay of Biscay still maintains strong links with the sea by harbouring the largest marina for pleasure boats in Europe and has also maintained much of its old architecture, making it one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities on the whole Atlantic coast.
Gary Hunt (UK)
Artem Silchenko (RUS)
Steven LoBue (USA)
Orlando Duque (COL)
David Colturi (USA)
Jonathan Paredes (MEX)
Michal Navratil (CZE)
Blake Aldridge (UK)
Andy Jones (USA)
Jucelino Junior (BRA)
Cyrille Oumedjkane (FRA) - Wildcard
Anatoliy Shabotenko (UKR) - Wildcard
Kris Kolanus (POL) - Wildcard