Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

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A composite dive from Orlando Duque.
Red Bull Cliff Diving Hamburg 2009
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 in La Rochelle, France.
A person dives from the 27.5 meter platform on La Salve bridge.

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, established in 2009 and created by Red Bull, is an annual international series of cliff diving events in which a limited number of competitors determine the Cliff Diving World Series winner.

Divers jump from a platform at a height ranging from 26 to 28 m (85–92 ft). Competitions are held in a limited number of venues around the globe.

Tour ranking[edit]

Every athlete scores a number of points in every competition as distributed here:

Points system from 2012[edit]

In 2012 the Series introduced a new point system that was continued to be used also during the 2013 season.[1]

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Points 200 160 130 110 90 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 9 8

Cliff Diving World Series champion is the athlete who scored the highest cumulated number of points in all competitions during the season.

The top 6 divers in the overall ranking at the end of the season will pre-qualify automatically for the next season.

Previous winners[edit]


Season Champion Second Third
2021 France Gary Hunt – 800 pts Romania Constantin Popovici – 640 pts Romania Catalin Preda – 550 pts
2020 Series cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019 United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 1160 pts Mexico Jonathan Paredes – 750 pts United States Andy Jones – 540 pts
2018 United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 1010 pts United States Steven LoBue – 950 pts Mexico Jonathan Paredes – 790 pts
2017 Mexico Jonathan Paredes – 720 pts United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 710 pts United Kingdom Blake Aldridge – 580 pts
2016 United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 1350 pts Mexico Jonathan Paredes – 1030 pts United States Andy Jones – 910 pts
2015 United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 1320 pts Colombia Orlando Duque – 970 pts Mexico Jonathan Paredes – 849 pts
2014 United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 1110 pts Russia Artem Silchenko – 840 pts United States Steven LoBue – 680 pts
2013 Russia Artem Silchenko – 1030 pts United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 980 pts Colombia Orlando Duque – 860 pts
2012 United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 860 pts Colombia Orlando Duque – 840 pts United States Steven LoBue – 740 pts
2011 United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 125 pts Russia Artem Silchenko – 90 pts Czech Republic Michal Navrátil – 74 pts
2010 United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 109 pts Colombia Orlando Duque – 94 pts Russia Artem Silchenko – 80 pts
2009 Colombia Orlando Duque – 127 pts United Kingdom Gary Hunt – 127 pts Russia Artem Silchenko – 111 pts


Season Champion Second Third
2021 Australia Rhiannan Iffland – 800 pts Canada Jessica Macaulay – 580 pts Canada Molly Carlson – 560 pts
2020 Series cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019 Australia Rhiannan Iffland – 1200 pts United Kingdom Jessica Macaulay – 670 pts Canada Lysanne Richard – 660 pts
2018 Australia Rhiannan Iffland – 830 pts Mexico Adriana Jiménez – 760 pts Canada Lysanne Richard – 690 pts
2017 Australia Rhiannan Iffland – 890 pts Australia Helena Merten – 740 pts Mexico Adriana Jiménez – 690 pts
2016 Australia Rhiannan Iffland – 1290 pts Canada Lysanne Richard – 1030 pts United States Cesilie Carlton – 780 pts
2015 United States Rachelle Simpson – 490 pts United States Ginger Huber – 420 pts United States Cesilie Carlton – 400 pts
2014 United States Rachelle Simpson – 600 pts Germany Anna Bader – 390 pts Mexico Adriana Jiménez – 360 pts

Tour events[edit]

History of Tour events 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 20142 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 20203 2021
Australia Hawkesbury River, Cattai Feb 4 Jan 31 – Feb 2
Australia Sydney Harbour, Sydney Nov 7
Azerbaijan Baku Oct 16
Bosnia and Herzegovina Stari Most, Mostar Aug 15 Sep 24 Sep 16 Sep 8 Aug 24 Sep 26 Aug 28
Brazil Icaraí, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro Sep 28 Oct 20
Chile Rapa Nui Mar 12
Chile Lago Ranco Oct 21
Colombia Cali Feb 6–7
Colombia Cartagena Convention Centre Apr 25
Croatia Lovrijenac, Dubrovnik July 11
Cuba Havana, Morro Castle May 10
Denmark Copenhagen Opera House, Copenhagen June 22 June 20 June 18 Aug 25
France Bonifacio, Corsica June 23
France Saint-Raphaël Jun 12
France Tour Saint-Nicolas, La Rochelle May 19 May 15 June 18 May 25 May 17 July 23 June 6
Germany Rickmer Rickmers, Hamburg Aug 29
United Kingdom Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire, Wales Sep 8 Sep 14 Sep 11
Greece Lake Vouliagmeni, Athens Sep 20 May 22
Indonesia Nusa Penida, Bali May 16
Republic of Ireland Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle Sep 12
Republic of Ireland Millennium Tower, Dublin May 12
Republic of Ireland Serpent's Lair, Inis Mor Aug 4 June 29 June 24
Italy Castello Scaligero, Malcesine July 24 July 14
Italy Pietro L'Abbate's Terrace, Polignano a Mare July 26 Aug 8 Sep 13 Aug 28 Jul 23 Sep 23 June 2 July 19 Sep 26
Italy Apulia Sep 22
Japan Yoshino-Kumano National Park, Shirahama Oct 16
Lebanon Raouché, Beirut July 14
Mexico Ik Kil, Yucatan June 6 Apr 10
Netherlands Leuvehaven, Rotterdam May 21
Norway Grimstad July 7
Norway Øya, Kragerø July 24 July 12
Norway Oslo Opera House, Oslo Aug 15 Aug 14
Oman Wadi Shab Sep 28
Philippines Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan Apr 13
Portugal São Miguel, Vila Franca do Campo, Azores Sep 12 July 21 June 29 July 18 July 9 July 9 July 14 June 22 Sep 6
Spain La Salve Bridge, Bilbao Sep 20 Sep 26 June 30 Sep 14
Switzerland Sisikon Sep 5 Aug 28 Aug 5
Thailand Krabi Province Oct 261
Turkey Atatürk Park, Antalya Aug 8
Ukraine Swallow's Nest, Yalta Sep 4 Aug 30
United Arab Emirates Signature Towers, Dubai Oct 28
United States ICA, Boston, Massachusetts Aug 20 Aug 25 Aug 24
United States Possum Kingdom Lake, Fort Worth, Texas June 7 May 30 June 4 Sep 3 June 2 June 27
United States Hilo, Hawaii Sep 12

1 Divers jumped at 4 different sites: Wang Long Bay, (Phi Phi Don), Maya Bay, (Phi Phi Lee), Viking Cave, Lading Bay
2 No qualification stop was held in 2014; up to four wildcards joined 10 permanent divers at each stop.
3 Series cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qualification event
Men's World Series and Women's Invitational event
Men's and Women's World Series event

Competition rules[edit]

  • Men perform 4 dives from a height ranging from 26–28m. There are a total of nine groups (front, back, reverse, inward, front twists, back twists, reverse twists, inward twists and all armstand dives).
  • The two required dives must be performed from different take-off positions. There are 5 take-off positions (front, back, reverse, inward and armstand). The degree of difficulty for each required dive is 3.6. To clarify: front double half twist and front double 1½ twist are different groups, but the same take-off position. If a dive has less degree of difficulty, it will still be 3.6.
  • The two optional dives must be from different groups from the 9 groups mentioned above. In addition, the optional dives must be done in alternating order every competition.
  • A list of dives for each diver shall consist of two required dives of a fixed degree of difficulty for every athlete (3.6), and two optional dives assigned a degree of difficulty computed from the 2010 HDA table.
  • The first required dive will be done after a short warm-up on the second training day. This is already part of the competition and will count 100 percent towards the total score. After this first round of dives, training can resume. The next day will have a short warm-up period followed by 2 dives (one required, one optional dive) in head-to-head format.
  • The final dive will be done by the top 8 divers (winners head-to-head plus one lucky loser) in reverse order according to their cumulative score from the first 3 dives.
  • Balks will receive a 2-point deduction from each judge for the first balk. Another 2-point deduction for the second balk and be considered a failed dive on the third balk. A balk is considered an interruption in movement after the diver does his press immediately before the dive. For armstand dives it is the point when both feet leave the platform (use FINA definitions).
  • Running take-offs on forward dive groups (including twists) are allowed, given there is enough space for the approach.
  • If the diver enters the water with his hands up on a feet-first entry, he can only get a maximum score of 5 points from each judge. The 5 points would mean a perfect execution of the entire dive with the exception of the arms. If arms are at or below shoulder height but not in alignment with the body (straight arms either in front or on the side of the body), judges can deduct between ½ to 2 points at their discretion according to the degree of the mistake.
  • A break in position at or just before entry can have a deduction of ½ to 2 points at the judges' discretion. An intermediate break of position can receive no more than 4.5 points from each judge. If a dive is done in a completely different position than announced: for example back triple tuck instead of back triple pike, the dive can only receive a maximum of 2 points.
  • All dives submitted in a list must consist of at least 180 degrees of rotation around a horizontal axis.


  • Five judges score each dive based on a scale of 0 to 10 in half-point increments.
  • Each judge scores the dives without assistance.
  • The highest and the lowest judges’ scores will be discarded. The remaining three scores are added and multiplied by the degree of difficulty for that dive.
  • This will produce the total score for each dive. The total score of all dives performed are added together to produce the overall total for the competition for each diver.
  • Balks will constitute a deduction from each judge's score as directed by the Head Judge. The dive will be scored as usual and the announcer will deduct two points from each judge's score.


  1. ^ "About". Red Bull Cliff Diving. Red Bull GmbH. April 7, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015.

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