Divers emulate Harry Potter magic

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Blake Aldridge of the UK dives out of a helicopter from 25 meters at the iconic Cliffs of Moher, Ireland on June 20, 2017. –
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Blake Aldridge and Rhiannan Iffland dive from a helicopter at scene of Potter film.

At a point where Harry Potter once hunted Horcruxes, Blake Aldridge and Rhiannan Iffland produced some magic of their own by diving out of a helicopter at the Cliffs of Moher.

The iconic stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving Seriesthis weekend, it has also acted as the backdrop for the Harry Potter film series.

And Briton Aldridge and his Australian counterpart Rhiannan Iffland produced stunning dives 25 metres above the waters from a hovering helicopter.

After his efforts, Aldridge said: “You’re always nervous going to a location you haven’t been to and certainly doing something like jumping out of a helicopter both me and Rhiannan were feeling the nerves a little bit.

Rhiannan Iffland of Australia dives out of a helicopter from 20 meters at the iconic Cliffs of Moher, Ireland on June 20, 2017. –
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Morgan Treacy / Red Bull Content Pool

“So once you do something like this and then go over to the island for the competition we’ll be pretty settled. I’m looking forward to the event on the weekend.”

The location on Inis Mór off the west coast of Ireland acts as the opening round of this season’s six-stop series.

Aldridge and Iffland were performing in territory – it is a UNESCO Global Geopark – which usually acts as the home to Atlantic puffins and more than 20 other species of bird.

The famous blowhole, the Serpent’s Lair, will act as the diving platform for Saturday’s action, the men diving from 27m, the women from 21m into what is a moving target ever changing with the push and pull of the seas.

Rhiannan Iffland of Australia and Blake Aldridge of the UK celebrate after diving out of a helicopter at the iconic Cliffs of Moher, Ireland on June 20, 2017. –
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Romina Amato/Red Bull Content Pool

The event is already a sell-out for the 14 men and eight women set to compete.

The competition will be live on June 24 from 11am GMT on www.redbullcliffdiving.com, Red Bull TV and Facebook.

 

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