The new season kicks off with a first-ever stop in the Philippines
This event will be LIVE on April 13 at 4.45 PM local time (8.45 AM GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV, Facebook & Youtube.
Amidst pristine geologic formations, endemic marine mammals and turtles, hundreds of species of corals and fish, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series kicks off into its 11th season in El Nido, the Palawan region of the Philippines. A brand new location on the calendar, the 24 athletes will face the challenge of an off-the-cliff competition right in the first event on the year, but at the same time will be welcomed by dazzlingly clear emerald waters.
The towering limestone formations of the Small and Big Lagoon on Miniloc Island, a forty-minute pump boat ride away from the town of El Nido, provide a magnificent backdrop for the season opener in mid-April.
Round 1 and 2 for the women and men will be held in the Small Lagoon, which is accessible through a gap between two giant limestone rocks that appear to be about to kiss each other. Through this little space, one can swim or kayak into the lagoon. It is actually these cliffs, and the rocks and corals in the shallow part of the area that temper the waves, protecting the water in the lagoon from any violent events in the open sea.
For the more difficult optional dives, the athletes change to the Big Lagoon, frequently visited by sea turtles and kayakers. It is a bay carved into the island, with deep water and corals below pointed limestone cliffs.
The cliff diving elite can't wait to take off into another exciting year from up to 27m!