Among other things in the sports world, tomorrow is the beginning of the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, which will begin in the Philippines and then make a seven stop tour around the world, ending in Bilbao, Spain.
British national Gary Hunt, who recently became a French citizen, is the favorite for the Men, while Australian Rhiannan Iffland is looking for her third consecutive title.
Along with the tomorrow’s Philippines opener on the cliff of El Nido, there will also be stops in Dublin, Ireland, Beirut, Lebabnon, Italy, Portugal, Bosnia, and finally ending in Spain on September 14th.
Overall there will be a very competitive field this year, which includes, according to DailyStoke.com, “Hunt (Great Britain), Steven LoBue (USA), Jonathan Paredes (Mexico), Michal Navratil (Czech Republic), David Colturi (USA), Constantin Popovici (Romania), Kris Kolanus (Poland), Andy Jones (USA), Blake Aldridge (Great Britain) and Oleksiy Prygorov (Ukraine).
“Dropping down to wildcard status are Italy’s Alessandro De Rose and Colombian legend Orlando Duque, who will be absent from the permanent line-up for the first time in history.
“The 2019 women’s line-up will see Iffland (Australia), Adriana Jimenez (Mexico), Lysanne Richard (Canada), Jessica Macaulay (Great Britain), Yana Nestsiarava (Belarus) and Eleanor Townsend Smart (USA) do battle once again as German Ginger Huber drops down to wildcard status after being ever-present since 2014.
“At every stop in 2019, the 10 permanent men and six permanent women will be joined by four wildcards in each category to give fans plenty to cheer about.”
More importantly, it’s the difficulty for the dives make it a special to watch with both permanent and wildcard divers at each stop sees the divers score wins, podiums, places and points that help them in the overall standings. They must nominate one different dive before each of the four rounds with the different levels of difficulty based on a combination of multiple twists and somersaults.
It’s certainly different with what we see around here and definitely a sport that can be very exciting.