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Cliff Diving Highlights | Cliff Diving in historic pool in indian „Sun City“ of Jodhpur | Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Colombia’s legend Orlando Duque and reigning champion Rhiannan Iffland from Australia dip into historic Toorji Step Well in Indias “Sun City” Jodhpur. With the first-ever professional cliff dives on this subcontinent, the sport’s trailblazers rounded their unique years out in style just to herald a new cliff diving era.
Duque and Iffland chose the acrobatic
freefall from up to 20m down to the pool of water, which was originally a
drinking source for the city when the step well was built in the 1740s.
Recently retired Colombian cliff diving legend Duque, has previously
dived from headline grabbing locations; now he added the rose-red
sandstone gem, the Toorji’s step well, to his exclusive list. Undefeated
four-time overall champion Iffland, became the competition’s first
diver, man or woman, to win all stops in a season and remain unbeaten
all year. For the most decorated female in the sport’s history, the
experience in India was the cherry on the cake of an incredible year.
Located in the so-called ‘Sun City’ or ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, the exceptional diving venue itself was built almost 300 years ago by Queen Maharaja Abhay Singh’s Consort, who continued the age-old tradition of royal women letting build public water works. A recent restoration process uncovered over 200 feet of intricate carvings of dancing elephants, medieval lions and cow waterspouts, as well as niches housing deities long gone. Today the Step Well serves as Jodhpur’s unofficial local swimming pool, frequented by children and some adults who enjoy having a dip and a dive into cool waters.
Please find the highlights of the Cliff Diving trip to India below.