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
1Gary Hunt GBR800 Points
2Jonathan Paredes MEX460 Points
3Andy Jones USA380 Points
4Michal Navratil CZE370 Points
5David Colturi USA310 Points
6Oleksiy Prygorov UKR230 Points
7Kris Kolanus POL230 Points
8Steven LoBue USA220 Points
5Michal Navratil CZE291.7 Points
6Steven LoBue USA278.2 Points
7Blake Aldridge GBR271.1 Points
8Oleksiy Prygorov UKR268.65 Points