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.
Rachelle Simpson (USA) - Known affectionately as 'Rocco', the 28-year-old former gymnast has won the first two Women's World Series titles in 2014 and 2015, and is looking to get even stronger in 2016, "Last year I was consistently scoring 8.0's-8.5's, this year I would like to bump that to 8.5's-9.0's."
Ginger Huber (USA) - The 41-year-old acrobat, who finished in 2nd place overall in 2015, is a laid-back character who has has spent her life in diving. She is planning for 2016 to be 'the most fun year yet'.
Lysanne Richard (CAN) - As a graduate from the National Circus School of Montreal, the 34-year-old is more than capable of juggling her job as a character and acrobat at Cirque du Soleil, being a successful cliff diver and three-times mom.
Cesilie Carlton (USA) - The 34-year-old was tied in first place overall with fellow American Rachelle Simpson until the very last competition in Italy in 2015. "My goal for the 2016 season is to perfect the dives I'm doing, and be consistent from start to finish."
Helena Mertens (AUS) - The 21-year-old is the first female athlete from Australia and she names Rachelle Simpson as her cliff diving hero, but there are "so many cliff divers that inspire me for various different reasons".
Adriana Jimenez (MEX) - After recovering from a back injury, the 31-year-old former Olympic diver has learned two new dives during the off-season – the triple back and the quad half – and will challenge not only her opponents but also herself, as she states that 'staying healthy all season' is one of her main goals for 2016.