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Ripping it from the Azores Rocks

David Colturi pierces the Atlantic Ocean during Friday's first rounds.

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The volcanic rock provides a stunning backdrop for the action.

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Wildcard Nikita Fedotov spreads his wings in round one.

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Kris Kolanus twisted his way into the lead ahead of the final rounds.

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Fresh from victory in Bilbao, 'spinmaster' Steven LoBue is aiming to make it two wins in a row.

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Jonathan Paredes enjoyed a good day on the rocks, and will start the final rounds in third place.

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A nasty slip before the competition began ruled out Orlando Duque with an injured finger and toe.

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Adriana Jimenez (L) and Anna Bader stretch in the athletes' area.

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Sport Director Greg Louganis checks the dive heights.

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The judges were out on the waves to get the perfect view of every take-off, twist and entry.

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Jessica Macaulay continued her impressive form from Texas, and currently sits in second place.

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David Colturi warms up before his dive.

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Rhiannan Iffland was the star of the day though with this dive from the 'Snakehead' rock.

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The reigning champion picked up only the second ever women's 10 from the judges.

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And that's how it feels when you nail a perfect dive.

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Afterwards the media were keen to hear from the Aussie.

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