The Serpent’s Lair on Inis Mór, one of the Aran Islands off Galway, will play host to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2014 this June 28-29.
The world’s elite cliff divers will return to Ireland for the second time to the rugged west coast of Ireland for a dramatic competition over two days. The athletes will defy gravity, perform tricks of breathtaking complexity and reach speeds of more than 85kph in less than three seconds – cliff divers not only pursue the purest extreme sport on earth, but it’s a sport that’s also rapidly-evolving.
The world’s best cliff divers and four wildcards will come together on Ireland’s west coast, at the Serpent’s Lair, on Inis Mór, for the third stop of the 2014 World Series. Launching from a 27-metre platform, they will dive straight into the legendary blowhole known as ‘Poll na Peist’ – the Serpent’s Lair and fight for the prestigious title of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Champion.
Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has made a total of 35 stops in 19 different countries have brought six different competition winners and three World Series champions in five years and, with the complexity of the 27m dives continuing to increase, there is no telling what the next five will bring.
Here’s some spectacular video to show you what cliff diving is all about: