Cliff Diving World Series kicks off at La Rochelle in France
The Cliff Diving World series was in full view at La Rochelle, France, where 70,000 people watched divers taking plunge from a height of 27 metres platform last Saturday. It was also the first stop of the competition, which proved to be a great spectacle for the number of people who turned up.
Russian Artem Silchenko won the first stop with 487.05 points and followed by favourite, Gary Hunt, 469.30 and Blake Aldridge with 448.20. The competition among the divers was top class with divers showing off their skills with precision to impress the judges, who awarded them points on their performance on the scale of 0-10. The world series, which started in 2009, has been a huge event for divers from around the world trying to make their mark in the competition, which was created by energy drink brand Red Bull.
In total, there are going to be eight stops in the world series competition with this one at France being the curtain raiser for the 2013 competition. Rio De Janerio, Copenhagen, Pembrokeshire, Malcesine, Azores, Krabi province, and Massachusetts are the other remaining seven stops for the season. The second stop for the competition is going to be held in Copenhagen on June 22, where athletes would once again light the crowd present in the venue.
Gary Hunt has been the most successful of the athletes so far in the World Series, where he has been the overall champion after the completion of the season, three times – 2010, 2011 and 2012, as per the tournament's official website. He is looking for his fourth consecutive win this season, but if we go by the first stop of the competition, Hunt will not find it easy in presence of top athletes who are equally eager to be declared the winner at the end of the season.