The Red Bull world series cliff diving came to Poll na bPéist, the Serpents Lair on Inis Mór at the weekend.
This event was 12 months in the planning and congratulations to Susie Dardis of Red Bull for putting together an awesome event on Inis Mór. Thanks to Susie for our invitation to attend the event and to Joanne and Roisin and all the Red Bull team for their support and assistance on the day.
Friday saw a practice event with some of the competition dives taking place ahead of schedule because of weather concerns for Saturday. Friday’s action was watched by over 200 locals who had queued on Tuesday at 7am for the much sought after tickets.
What an event in an unique location.. The Saturday weather did what it was told and the event went ahead as planned with only a couple of light showers and the breeze just not strong enough to cause concern. The event was watched by 700 lucky winners of the Red Bull on line competition for tickets along with invited guests and media. The event was filmed by several TV crews and will be shown on TG4 on Aug 23rd at 6pm.
In this post I’ll share my own photos and videos along with the official Red Bull releases and other video shared by some really nice folk that I met at the event.
The event was warmly welcomed by the Islanders as it provided a much need boost to activity during a season hit by terrible weather. All businesses on the Island got a much needed boost and the Islanders really enjoyed the presence of the Red Bull crew of over 100 that spent 3 weeks setting up the event, and by all accounts all in the Red Bull outfit enjoyed their experience.
Speaking to business proprietors I got confirmation that this was the busiest weekend in years on Inis Mór. Island Ferries in Rossaveal (Thank You Sally O’Brien for finding me a space on the Monday evening boat to Rossaveal) along with all the ferry operators in Doolin report a busy weekend while Aer Arann Islands were delighted with their busiest weekend this year. Rory Beatty and Lasta Mara were responsible for transporting all the equipment and vehicles and were really grateful for this boost to their business in these difficult times.
The event was won by a Russian diver Artem Silchenko with Orlando Duque in second and Steven LoBue in third. read the Red Bull report HERE.
Here’s some of my photo’s of the Saturday event. Click on the thumbnail for full size image.
Here is a video of some of the dives taken from the lower viewing area.
Here is a Video by Glowpunk. worth watching with a slightly different slant on the event.
While the divers and most of the media headed back to the mainland for a post dive party I stayed on the Island to enjoy the craic. What a night. The pubs were all rocking and fun was been had by all on the busiest night in years. The accommodation was all full, even the campsite and some unofficial campsites were full to capacity. I ended up in the famous Joe Watty’s where I caught local musicians Dallta on video.
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