Free-falling from up to 28m combined with awe – inducing acrobatics – that’s the essence of cliff diving. Since 2009 the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic action and dives of incredible complexity.
La Rochelle is one of the nine 2016 world series spot.
The daunting venue in the Bay of Biscay topped its own record of the biggest World Series’ crowd of 75,000 spectators along the quay walls. The former defence tower of St-Nicolas is also the most intimidating spot in the entire competition. For the athletes it is 120 steps from the catacombs of the 42m high landmark and former jail with its pentagonal layout to the platform, looming 27m above the chilly waters.
People have been passing between the St-Nicolas Tower and the Tour de la Chaine to enter the city of La Rochelle via the seaway since 1345. Looking back along the tradition of fishing and trading, the seaport of La Rochelle was once the largest on the French Atlantic coast.
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Photo credit : Julien Chauvet.