Most divers compete at half empty pools or, on the Olympic stage, in front of a couple of thousand people. For professional cliff divers, the crowds (and risks) can be tenfold in size. VICE Sports traveled to Polignano a Mare, Italy for the penultimate stop on the 2015 Red Bull Cliff Diving Tour, and met the athletes that risk life and limb for a few seconds of hair-raising free fall.
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The final stop on the tour this year was Bilbao, Spain, where the diving platform was constructed adjacent to the world-famous Guggenheim Museum on the Nervión river. The United States’ Steven LoBue finished atop the podium, ahead of Colombia’s Orlando Duque and Britain’s Blake Aldridge.
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Absent from the 2015 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series was perhaps the most famous venue of all — Acapulco, Mexico.
Elvis Presley starred with Ursula Andress in the 1963 film Fun in Acapulco, which exposed cliff diving to a mass audience for the first time. Presley, who plays a hotel bar singer, demonstrates his machismo by diving off the 136-foot cliff of La Quebrada.