It may look easy; after all they are just jumping off a cliff but don’t be fooled; cliff jumping is one of the most dangerous sports around. It got its nickname ‘tombstoning’ from the number of deaths that occur each year. Professional cliff divers train for years working on precision and timing as well as knowing exactly what they are jumping off and what they are jumping into. This is one sport where a mere second of miscalculation can lead to death; literally in an instance.
Watching professional cliff divers with their acrobatic turns and flips can be done in resort towns and at International competitions and some of the thrilling cliff dives below should be left to the professionals. What makes these dives so spectacular? For some, the height of the cliff alone will make anyone think twice about jumping in. For others; it’s the epic scenery you surround yourself with as you take the plunge. Finally; it is the danger that makes these jumps so enticing. Blowholes, shallow waters and even diving holes in the middle of an ice filled lake make this sport as dangerous as it is fun. Take the plunge and discover the 10 most thrilling cliff dives in the world.
10 Rick’s Café, Negril Jamaica
9 Ord River, Australia
8 Kahekili's Leap—Kaunolu, Lanai, Hawaii
7 Brontallo, Switzerland
6 Rishikesh, India
5 Red Rocks Park—South Burlington, Vermont
4 Wolfgangsee, Austria
3 Santorini, Greece
2 Horseshoe Lake, Alberta Canada
1 Serpent's Lair—Inis Mór, Ireland
This rugged island off the west coast of Ireland was home to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series a few years back where divers faced jumping into the Serpent’s Lair. This natural blowhole is carved out from the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean in a rectangular shape. Diver jump from 85 feet up where it takes them a mere three seconds to reach the water below. The scariest part about this jump; that rectangular blowhole looks extremely small from way up high, surrounded by nothing but rocks and cliff walls. We suggest leaving this dive to the professionals.
Sources: usatoday.com, redbull.com, weather.com, pinterest.com, thrillist.com
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