Red Bull Cliff Diving cancels 2020 World Series and focuses on 2021 season
In the light of health concerns and advice from the authorities, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series season has been suspended for 2020. We trust that this decision will be understood and respected by everyone.
All efforts and energy are focused on an outstanding 2021 season, when elite divers as well as young up-and-coming talent will once again wow the crowds with their breathtaking free-falls from up to 27m.
We remain hopeful of staging a standalone event in Australia in appreciation of our loyal fans and to grant the planet's finest divers a chance to showcase their supreme acrobatic skills.
Red Bull Australia are doing everything they can to be prepared to host the event in Sydney, November 2020. The safety of the public, the divers, the crew and all others involved is the number one priority and, along with government advice, will ultimately determine the possibility of doing so closer to the date.
Athletes representing 18 different nations, including reigning champions Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) and Gary Hunt (FRA), will lead the world's oldest extreme sport to new heights in 2021, as the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns stronger and ready to inspire fans around the world again.
How cliff divers cope with stresses of body and mind after three stops in five weeks
After three stops in the space of five weeks, Polignano a Mare marked the mid-way point of the 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Add to that the hours of training and various other competitions that these athletes need to put themselves through, and it's no wonder that the stresses and strains of this demanding sport are beginning to tell on the bodies and minds of the world's best cliff divers.
In the video above, the divers reveal their methods for coping with the physical and mental demands during a packed schedule.