Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series: 2010 Return

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is back in May 2010 and the divers are preparing themselves for a tough competition in La Rochelle, France. Hassan Mouit, Cyrille Oumedjkane and Gary Hunt practice their skills together at Fort Boyard.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2010.  Photo: Dean ThemlThe irony is rich that French elite divers Hassan Mouit and Cyrille Oumedjkane would warm up for the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series with their British rival Gary Hunt at Fort Boyard, which was build in the 19th century by Napolean to fend off British invaders.

The water temperature was a mere 11°C.

On May 15, 2010, twelve of the best cliff divers in the world will gather at the Saint Nicolas Tower in La Rochelle, France for the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.  With this warm up dive, Gary Hunt attempted to both intimidate his competitors and prepare himself mentally.

“Our countries have been enemies in former times and first it was the French who won and the next time it was the English. In cliff diving we are fighting on a sporting level and I know I am in good shape and ready for the series," said Gary Hunt.

Hunt has set out with the ambitious goal of finishing in the top three of all six competitions.

Although Gary Hunt's dives from the helicopter hovering alongside the fort were impressive, the French divers are not worried. The French diving heroes know that they are well-prepared for the event.

“It’s great to start the season in La Rochelle, France, almost an honour. I’ve invested a lot of time in training on new dives during the off season and feel better prepared physically than ever,” said Mouti.

Oumedjkane added:

“Despite the cold water the dives in front of the fort were a good warm up for the season. I will show off a new dive and definitely want to finish in a better position than last year.”

After the competition in La Rochelle, France, the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has stops planned in Mexico (Yucatán),  Norway (Kragerø), Italy (Polignano a Mare) and Switzerland (Sisikon), before reaching the final destitination, Hawaii (Hilo), on September 12.

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