World's best cliff divers return to Possum Kingdom
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series arrives in Texas for the third consecutive year to kick off this season’s global competition
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, the world’s most exhilarating high diving competition, returns to the U.S. June 3-4. Hell’s Gate at Possum Kingdom Lake will host the event for the third consecutive year and is once again the lone U.S. stop in the global series. This year the World Series will be larger than ever, with nine total stops and seven stops for the women’s division, expanded from three last year. Texas will be the first stop in the worldwide tour for the very first time. This year thousands of spectators on boats, kayaks and paddleboards are expected to take in the action in what will once again be a floating-room-only crowd.
The competition will see divers in the men’s division leap off of Hell’s Gate from 91 feet above the water and reach speeds of 55 mph. Competitors will include the dominant Gary Hunt of the UK who will look to continue to wow crowds in the states. Last year in Texas, the five-time Men’s Division Champion set the record for highest scoring dive in the history of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in what was a nearly flawless showcase. Top-ranked U.S. men’s diver, David Colturi will look to knock Hunt off the podium by improving on his 2015 fifth place finish with a strong start in Possum Kingdom Lake.
Diving from the still awe-inducing height of 67 feet, the women’s division will be led by two-time Red Bull Cliff Diving Women’s Division Champion and San Antonio resident, Rachelle Simpson. The former gymnast has won her home state’s stop each of the past two years en route to women’s division titles, and will be looking for the three-peat. Rachelle and the rest of the women’s division are set to embark on their biggest year since the women’s division was introduced in 2014, preparing to compete in seven total stops, more than double the three women’s stops in 2014 and 2015.
Red Bull Cliff Diving will take place at a remote location on the water at Possum Kingdom Lake. The only viewing is via kayak, stand up paddleboard, personal watercraft, or boat. There is NO on-land viewing available for the event.
Red Bull Cliff Diving is free to the public on both days of competition. All spectators are invited to attend at their own risk. The event is not responsible for injuries to persons or property due to your attendance. By entering the event area around and in Hell’s Gate Cove you assume these risks.
Red Bull Cliff Diving is being recorded and it’s possible your face, voice, and/or behavior might end up in the media and in the advertising for Red Bull products and services. By entering the event area in Hell’s Gate Cove you agree that such recordings of you may be used for any purpose, worldwide in any and all media/advertising of all types at any time.
Due to there being a limited capacity on the lake as well as in Hell’s Gate Cove, the Brazos River Authority reserves the right to close access to boat ramps and Hell’s Gate Cove at any time to ensure the safety of all guests.
More information about the lake, including the nearest docks and where to stay can be found at PossumKingdomLake.com and stay tuned to the event’s Facebook page for any last minute schedule changes.
COMPETITION SCHEDULE JUNE 3
1 – 2 p.m.-Show Open
2 – 2:40 p.m.- Practice (Men’s + Women’s)
2:45 – 3:01 p.m.- Women’s First Round
3:05 – 3:33 p.m.- Men’s First Round
3:37 – 3:53 p.m.- Women’s Second Round
COMPETITION SCHEDULE JUNE 4
11:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.- Show Open
12:35 – 1:15 p.m. Practice (Men’s + Women’s)
1:45 – 2:13 p.m. Men’s Second Round
2:27 – 3:08 p.m. Men’s Third Round
3:14 – 3:34 p.m. Women’s Final Round
3:41 – 4:01 p.m. Men’s Final Round
4:05 – 4:15 p.m. Women’s and Men’s Awards Ceremony
ADVICE FROM THE BRAZOS RIVER AUTHORITY
·All boaters please observe all Texas boating laws while visiting PK Lake. A detailed run down of all laws is listed here: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/laws/
·Please acknowledge all posted signage and maps.
·Please be courteous and respect all working personal on site.
·Do not play music while competition diving is taking place.
·Devil’s Island is closed to the public. Treat this as private property. Trespassers will be prosecuted.
·Observe all closed event areas.
·Please anchor your boat in appropriate zones for boat size.
·The neighborhoods surrounding Hell’s Gate Cove (Gaines Bend and Sportsman’s World) are private property. Do not disembark your boats at any time inside Hell’s Gate Cove. All land is private property. Trespassers will be prosecuted.
If you’re unable to make it to the lake, a full length broadcast of the Texas stop premieres on FS1 Saturday July 9 at 12 p.m. ET/9am PT and will be available shortly afterwards on Red Bull TV. Broadcast times are subject to change, for a full calendar of broadcast times, visit: www.foxsports.com/RedBullSports.