Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2013, Abereiddi

27 metres, 55 mph, 3 seconds © Stephen Merrill

27 metres, 55 mph, 3 seconds

Abereiddi’s Blue Lagoon hosted the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2013 on 13 and 14 September. This was the sixth of eight stops for the tour, which takes in spectacular locations and beauty spots across the globe.

An elite sport

This dangerous extreme sport originated in Hawaii, and there are only a small handful of elite professional divers who do it. They dive from a 27-metre board, nearly three times the height of the Olympic high diving board, reaching a speed of 55 mph. One of the divers, Blake Aldridge, competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The divers

Also competing was reigning world series champion Gary Hunt, from Southampton, and nine-times world champion, Colombian Orlando Duque, who lives in Hawaii.

A perfect location

The combination of the vertical cliff face and the deep hole of the flooded quarry make Abereiddi in Pembrokeshire a perfect location. The event visited the Blue Lagoon in 2012 - the first time the event had been held in the UK. We were delighted to be able to host it here again in 2013.

A great event

Over the two days, 3,000 people enjoyed the spectacle, many of them from small boats and kayaks in the Blue Lagoon itself.  We worked closely with Red Bull to ensure that the event left no trace on this special place.