sábado, 21 de julio de 2012

Rocks away! Spectacular photos of daredevil divers leaping 100 feet from rocky Atlantic outcrop

Every sport has its dangers, but plunging 100 feet into a watery abyss between jagged rocks surely ranks cliff diving as one of the most terrifying.
But for competitors in the Red Bull Cliff Diving series taking place in the Portuguese islands of the Azores, it's all part and parcel of the job.
Leaping from a rock monolith, the divers throw themselves into the Atlantic Ocean with the scant consolation that at least the water below that greets them- if they manage to avoid the rocks that is - is a comfortable 22 degrees.

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American diver David Colturi leaps into the waters below during the World Cliff Diving series

The rocky outcrop of Villa France do Campi, where the series is taking place, lies 850 miles west of mainland Europe

American diver Kent De Mond, pictured right leaping into the Atlantic Ocean, currently stands at the top of the leader board after the first round of proceedings

American diver Kent De Mond, pictured right leaping into the Atlantic Ocean, currently stands at the top of the leader board after the first round of proceedings

The third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is taking place on the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo in the sunny Azores
The latest leg of the World Series is the first time in the history of the competition that athletes have jumped directly from rocks


The athletes climbed a precarious-looking wooden ladder to reach the platform, almost 100 feet above the sea, for their jumps

The athletes climbed a precarious-looking wooden ladder to reach the platform, almost 100 feet above the sea, for their jumps

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