Mostar

The magnificent old bridge welcomes back the world's best cliff divers for the fifth time

Stari Most

Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina 24 August
Mostar
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Aug 24, 2019 12:30:00 +0000

14:30 24 Aug | Lokale Zeit

12:30 24 Aug | GMT

Stari Most

Conditions

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29°C / 84°F Air
Temperature
13°C / 55°F Water
Temperature
17 km/h / 11 mph Wind
Velocity
Freshwater Water
Type
5m to 5.5m Water
Depth
27m | 21m / 90ft | 70ft Dive
Height

The magnificent old bridge welcomes back the world's best cliff divers for the fifth time

This event will be LIVE on August 24 at 2.30 PM local time (12.30 PM GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV, Facebook & Youtube.

Last September Gary Hunt became the first diver to ever repeat a victory in Mostar after five different winners had been crowned in five competitions in the men's and women's since 2015. It was off the famous Stari Most, the old bridge, that Britain's record man gained crucial ground for his latest overall title. When the World Series returns to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the last-but-one stop in the 2019 season, a fanatical crowd will eagerly await what the sport's aesthetes have in store for them.

Diving off Mostar's old bridge dates back to the 17th century, when young men started to dive from the country's most recognizable landmark in a sort of maturity test in a very traditional technique. Today, the fine art of cliff diving is equally respected.

Built in the 16th century, the iconic Stari Most gracefully arches over the emerald water of Neretva River, connecting two parts of the old town in Mostar. On both sides surrounded by fortified towers, it fits seamlessly into the landscape, creating an impressive sight. Together with the surrounding part of the Old City, the bridge is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, and often cited as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world.

Created by Mimar Hayruddin, disciple of the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, legend has it that the builder never saw the bridge completed, as he left before the scaffolding was removed, having no strength to see if the bridge would stand. Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent threatened to decapitate him if the bridge fell.

Eternalized in the city's flag and coat of arms, life in Mostar has been centred on the humpback bridge ever since its construction. Equally iconic as the bridge, is the image of a diver soaring through the air from the bridge towards the fast and cold water of Neretva River.

Previous winners
2018 Gary Hunt, GBR | Adriana Jimenez, MEX
2017 Gary Hunt, GBR | Cesilie Carlton, USA
2016 Michal Navratil, CZE | Lysanne Richard, CAN
2015 Jonathan Paredes, MEX

Location Old bridge in Mostar
Coordinates 43°20'13"N, 17°48'54"E
Platform heights 27m | 21m
Water depth 5m to 5.5m
Water temperature in August 13°C
Air temperature in August 26°C
Water Neretva river, freshwater
Random fact The bridge was destroyed during the war in Bosnia (1992-1995), and later faithfully reconstructed using the original stone blocks taken out from the river below. It was reopened in 2004.

Day Local Time Event
Friday 3:00 PM Women's & Men's Round 1 & 2
Saturday 12:20 PM Warm up dives
  1:30 PM Women's Round 3
  1:55 PM Men's Round 3
  2:30 PM Red Bull TV LIVE start
  2:35 PM Women's Finals
  3:05 PM Men's Finals
  3:50 PM Prize Giving
  4:00 PM Red Bull TV LIVE end

How do I get to Mostar?
If you are coming by plane, you can land at Sarajevo airport and then take car, bus or train ride to Mostar, each of which takes about two hours. Along your way, you can enjoy stunning scenery of the Neretva Canyon (train ride offers an especially unique experience). You can also land at Mostar airport (please check online flight booking sites for available flight connections). It is possible to take flight to Split or Dubrovnik in Croatia, and then take a bus or car drive (please note that August is the high season and long queues at the borders are possible).

Where to stay in Mostar?
There is a variety of accommodation in Mostar, from hotels to apartments and hostels. Check the booking websites.

What will the weather be like in Mostar?
Weather in late August, when competition takes place, is sunny and warm. The average temperature is 29° C, sky usually cloudless and without precipitation.

What time does the competition start?
Competition starts at 2 PM on Friday 23rd and 1 PM on Saturday 24th.

Where is the spectators' area?
Area for spectators will be at the beach beneath the Old Bridge, for your optimal viewing experience. Usual entrances to the beach will be used. They will be labelled, and monitored by security guards. Entrance will be free of charge.

Will there be food and beverages on site?
Beverages will be available to buy at the event location, and there are many restaurants, fast-foods and cafes in immediate vicinity.

Are there public restrooms available?
Mobile toilets will be available for visitors on site.

What else is there to do in the city...
Sightseeing the Old Town of Mostar and its Old Bridge area (UNESCO's World Heritage site) is a must. After strolling its charming streets, and visiting historical sites, museums, old mosques, sinagogues, catholic and orthodox churches and monasteries, relax while enjoying delicious local or international cuisine at some of the restaurants. The Old Town will be the venue of the Street Festival during the competition weekend, offering a variety of music and art events in the afternoon and evening.

...and its surroundings?
A lot, especially if you enjoy nature, extreme and not so extreme sports. Pick from a wide range of activities: biking, hiking and climbing wild Herzegovina mountains, rafting and kayaking through the Neretva Canyon, following Orlando Duque's path to some pretty cool cliffs he enjoyed diving from. And much, much more (check out www.hercegovina.ba).
If you prefer heritage landmarks, visit the village-town Blagaj at the spring of the Buna river, the nearby Old Blagaj Fort and tekke (Sufi monastery), or fascinating medieval city of Počitelj (on UNESCO's tentative list). And you can take a tour down the Herzegovina Vine Road.

This event will be LIVE on August 24 at 2.30 PM local time (12.30 PM GMT) on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV, Facebook & Youtube.

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.

Conditions

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29°C / 84°F Air
Temperature
13°C / 55°F Water
Temperature
17 km/h / 11 mph Wind
Velocity
Freshwater Water
Type
5m to 5.5m Water
Depth
27m | 21m / 90ft | 70ft Dive
Height

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