America's Rachelle Simpson and Steven LoBue got a first taste of what is sure going to be a highly competitive and thrilling start to the new season during their sunset dive from the infamous rock formation at Possum Kingdom Lake.
Their bodies are primed and their minds are pumped, and on Saturday they will be entering the biggest ever World Series through Hell's Gate, Texas. It's sure to be a blazing opener to the year as athletes launch themselves from up to 28m, then twist and spin their way down into the cool waters of the massive water reservoir.
That's the spot! Steven LoBue scouts diving locations atop the infamous rock formations at Possum Kingdom Lake. Photo: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool.
Hell's Gate Cove on Possum Kingdom Lake is a hidden gem in the North Texas lake lifestyle. The lake features over 19,000 acres of clear-blue water and also is one of Texas' deepest lakes. With Hell's Gate's sheer cliffs, the cove's amphitheatre feel, and thousands of rowdy Texans showing their support the world's best cliff diving men and women are sure to deliver an amazing competition!
The competition in Texas marks the first stop for 14 men and 8 women of 10 nationalities, including wildcard invitations.
American hopefuls David Colturi, Steven LoBue, Andy Jones and invitee Kyle Mitrione return to fight for a victory in their home country. Colturi looks to build on his 2015 campaign, which saw him finish fifth overall in the series standings, while LoBue and Jones will seek to overhaul Hunt, who won in Texas last year.
Women's champion Rachelle Simpson, who hails from San Antonio, returns to Hell's Gate as reigning champion from the 20m platform and is one of four athletes representing the US.
Riggers hard at work in the Texas sunset as preparations begin to beam the season opener live around the world. Photo: Romina Amato/Red Bull Content Pool.
WATCH IT LIVE
This event will be LIVE on June 4 from 7.20 PM UTC on www.redbullcliffdiving.com and Red Bull TV. 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.
Note that the live webcast and replay is geo-blocked in the US due to an exclusive broadcast deal with FOX Sports. The event will air on FOX Sports 1 at 12pm (ET) on July 09.