Today was the last stop of the 2010 here in Hilo, Hawaii. Cliff Diving World Championships
The event began with the pohaku that the divers had chosen last night being laid out at the top of the cliff as the rocks would be returned to where they initially were picked up from.
Kuhao Zane and others then prepared a little ceremony to return the rocks to the land.
Then a CRAZY kumu actually went out on the Red Bull Platform and blessed the actual event.
The competition then began in the jumping order that was chosen by the pohaku’s that they had chosen the night before. The order of the first jumps is from top to bottom, but after the first round, the person with the lowest score jumps first in the next round and they go in reverse order all the way until the highest scored jumper has jumped.
Orlando Duque, dominated the first round of dives.
The next round of dives Gary Hunt did an incredible dive that shot him from 8th place into 1st place.
Going into the final round, it was a real close race between Russia’s Artem Silchenko, Columbia/Hawaii’s Orlando Duque and Great Britains Gary Hunt.
Orlando Duque pulled off a fricking nuts jump on his final dive that gave him the close win over Hunt who place 2nd and Silchenko who got 3rd.
However this year’s overall 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving Series Champion was crowned today… and as expected Gary Hunt walked away with it.
Here are the final results:
Hilo, Hawaii Stop Results
|1||Orlando Duque||COL||396.90 pts|
|2||Gary Hunt||GBR||387.30 pts|
|3||Artem Silchenko||RUS||380.10 pts|
|4||Eber Pava||COL||303.90 pts|
|5||Kent De Mond||USA||281.45 pts|
|6||Michal Navratil||CZE||251.40 pts|
|7||Steve Black||AUS||301.05 pts|
|8||Slava Polyeshchuk||UKR||299.50 pts|
|9||Hassan Mouti||FRA||280.90 pts|
|10||Alain Kohl||LUX||274.50 pts|
|11||Cyrille Oumedjkane||FRA||273.90 pts|
|12||Andrey Ignatenko||UKR||86.40 pts|
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Final Standings
|4||Kent De Mond||USA||56|
There were rumors that BJ Penn would make it to this event, however, he got caught tied down at a birthday party and didn’t make it until the event was over and he was quite sad that he had missed it, however, I walked him over to Orlando Duque and they had a short little conversation while I snapped these pictures of them together.
I actually heard that BJ wanted to jump off the platform but the Red Bull Liability factor wouldn’t allow.
As I rode to the top of the cliff with this years champion, Gary Hunt, I asked him how it felt to be the world champion and he said… “You know… it hasn’t really sunk in yet!”
As usual you can click on the picture below for a larger version:
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