Blake Aldridge (GBR) and Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) test the waters at one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, prior to the first stop of the 2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on Inis Mor this Saturday.
Once the setting for Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore hunting Horcruxes, the entirely vertical cliffs on the Irish west coast set the scene for the World Series’ reigning female champion from Australia Rhiannan Iffland and Britain’s former Olympian Blake Aldridge. With the O’Brien’s Tower in the background and a view over to the Aran Islands, where the 2017 season will kick-off on the weekend, the cliff divers performed dives from up to 25m into the Atlantic to get a first taste of the Irish waters.
From the historical landmark and geographical wonder of the Cliffs of Moher, the athletes travelled to the fabled blowhole of Serpent’s Lair on Inis Mor. This is where the diving platforms high above the near-perfect rectangular sea-pool are set for a start into the most unpredictable, six stop season.