Thousands of yellow rubber ducks 'jumped' from the De Deusto bridge in the heart of the Basque city of Bilbao together with the reigning World Series champion to launch the 6th edition of the 'Estropatada' on Sunday. Organized by The Walk On Project (WOP) Foundation, which fights against neurodegenerative diseases, the 28-year-old was awarded the honor to open this traditional duck race with his graceful art of diving from great heights.
In two weeks' time the Madrid-resident will be back in town for the 2nd stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, when the men continue their battle for the King Kahekili trophy as they dive from La Salve bridge in front of the stunning Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
All eyes were gazing at the De Deusto Bridge on Sunday as 30,000 yellow ducks and a cliff diver, the current Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Champion, Jonathan Paredes, kicked off the 2018 edition of this annual race for a good cause with a 13-metre dive into Bilbao's estuary.
The 13-time World Series podium finisher has taken this opportunity to dive into the Nervión for the first time since 2015, as a warm up for the season's first stop on European soil, which will take place at La Salve Bridge in Bilbao on June 30th. After a moderate start into the anniversary year with a 10th place from Texas, the 'style master', known for his immaculate form in the air, wants to come back strong on his adopted home-soil.
After an exciting season opener in the US with a debut Polish victory, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series leaps back across the Atlantic to Europe and the beautiful city of Bilbao, Spain. Thousands of fans are expected to line the Nervión river to cheer on the artful action, just as they did when the city hosted the 2015 season finale here.
The Walk On Project (WOP) is a foundation-business with different aims (music promotion, engineering for people with special capacities, sports, education and organization of single events such as the Estropatada). All profits are invested in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases and on the disclosure of these pathologies.
Up until now, 260,000 euros have been allocated in several scientific projects. Over 400,000 euros have been awarded for the fight of neurodegenerative diseases with international projects. This year, the foundation has planned to publish a new international document to finance new projects.
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