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Afraid, not Scared - why Fear is a Vital Part of Cliff Diving

Afraid, not Scared - why Fear is a Vital Part of Cliff Diving

How cliff divers are able to harness the fear associated with a 27m dive.

What is the regular office worker afraid of? Being late for the jour-fixe? Messing up the next presentation? Not getting promoted? Well, they are a completely different type of fear compared to those of an elite group of professionals, whose regular business-outfit are swimming trunks and whose office lies eight storeys above the water. Cliff divers are strong – mentally and physically – but they know the feeling of fear much better than most of us. When do they experience fear and how do they deal with it?
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English Double in front to Record-Crowd of 75,000

English Double in front to Record-Crowd of 75,000

Champion Gary Hunt wins and Blake Aldridge performs the world's most difficult dive at second stop of the 2015 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in France.

Hunt makes it back-to-back wins in the 2015 World Series with victory in La Rochelle. Fellow Brit Blake Aldridge performs a brand-new dive to come second, while Orlando Duque repeats his third-placed finish from Colombia. As of today these three athletes also lead the overall standings after two of eight stops. A record number of spectators for a World Series event watched the competition unfold as 75,000 pairs of hands propelled 13 of the world's best cliff divers to excel from the 27.5m-platform on the Saint Nicolas Tower on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the athletes reaching speeds of 85kph during their three-second dives.
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Britain's Hunt Eyes Second Win at Stunning La Rochelle

Britain's Hunt Eyes Second Win at Stunning La Rochelle

France hosts 2nd stop of the 2015 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on May 17.

Massive crowds are again expected in La Rochelle this weekend as Britain’s Gary Hunt looks to maintain his winning start to the new World Series season. Reigning champion Hunt opened this year’s account with victory in the opener in Colombia at the end of April and will look to make it two wins in a row at the stunning Saint Nicolas Tower venue on the Bay of Biscay. A series record crowd of over 70,000 people saw Russia’s Artem Silchenko clinch victory in 2013 at the tour’s most captivating venue, where competitors must climb 120 steps through the catacombs before making their spectacular 27.5-metre plunge into the Atlantic at 85kph.
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A Return to one of Cliff Diving's Most Famous Venues

A Return to one of Cliff Diving's Most Famous Venues

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is hosted in La Rochelle, France, on May 17.

The season’s first stop on European soil is a return to the World Series’ all-time favourite location – La Rochelle. Following the season-opener in Colombia’s seaside city of Cartagena, the town with the suitable name of ‘little cliff’ will be the lynchpin for the world’s cliff diving elite for the fifth time in seven years of the series. It was the 2013 champion, Artem Silchenko, who took victory during the divers’ last appearance here in front of the biggest crowd ever for a World Series event – 70,000 spectators! Can he repeat this feat this year or will the four-time champion and kick-off winner, Gary Hunt, occupy the top step of the podium once again?
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Story Clip (Dirty) The Fear

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015 La Rochelle: Story Clip (Dirty) The Fear

In less than three seconds, gravity propels the divers' bodies as they fall the equivalent of eight stories, reaching speeds in excess of 85kph. To be a cliff diver you need body control, self-­confidence, concentration, mental control and courage. What the divers do with the fear? How they overcome and cope with fear? Show Details
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Event Clip (Dirty)

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015 La Rochelle: Event Clip (Dirty)

Gary Hunt makes it back-to-back wins in the 2015 World Series with victory in La Rochelle. Fellow Brit Blake Aldridge performs a brand-new dive to come second, while Orlando Duque repeats his third-placed finish from Colombia. Show Details
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Action Clip (Dirty)

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015 La Rochelle: Action Clip (Dirty)

Champion Gary Hunt wins and Blake Aldridge performs the world's most difficult dive at second stop of the 2015 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in France. Show Details
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Clip (Dirty) Location Profile

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2015 La Rochelle: Clip (Dirty) Location Profile

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 was once the largest on the French Atlantic coast. Nowadays, the city in the Bay of Biscay with its 80,000 inhabitants, still maintains strong links with the sea by harbouring the largest marina for pleasure boats in Europe. It is one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities on the whole Atlantic coast. The well fitting name of La Rochelle, ‘little cliff’, will be the lynchpin for the world’s cliff diving elite. Show Details
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